Bringing Up the Rear: How the Demon Driveline Took Shape

The 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon has the highest horsepower of any production car*. In fact, as magazine and online headlines the world over proclaim every day, Demon is even more potent than the previous muscle car champ, the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.  
 

 

And as any hot rodder will tell you, there’s more to a successful ride than just the engine. It takes a well-matched package of related mechanical components to ensure the power gets to the tarmac over and over again. To see what was involved in…

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Bringing Up the Rear: How the Demon Driveline Took Shape

From Flashing Blue to Flashing Green: How the Dodge Charger Police Car’s Lug Nuts Help the Demon Run Nines

When 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon development engineer Jim Wilder says he and his team evaluated every single Hellcat component during the Demon’s gestation from concept daydream to wheel-standing reality, he isn’t kidding. As a Challenger SRT Hellcat that’s been optimized for the drag strip (but retains excellent braking, handling and road manners), the Demon needed to make more power and be lighter to accomplish the brand’s 9-second quarter mile goal.  
 

 

The power gain came in the form of a larger supercharger, a hotter cam, more aggressive computer tuning, increased…

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From Flashing Blue to Flashing Green: How the Dodge Charger Police Car’s Lug Nuts Help the Demon Run Nines

Feeding 840 Hungry Horses: Re-Imagining the Air-Grabber™ Hood Scoop

One of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon’s most striking visual cues is its massive hood scoop — the largest functional hood scoop opening offered on any production car. Positioned optimally near the leading edge of the hood, its purpose is to direct cool, dense outside air to the HEMI® engine’s 2.7-liter supercharger.  
 

 

We talked with Demon development engineer Jim Wilder to discover how the menacing scoop came into existence. He told us, “The guys responsible for the actual design are Mark Trostle and Nicho Vardis. These guys have a…

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Feeding 840 Hungry Horses: Re-Imagining the Air-Grabber™ Hood Scoop