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This Dodge Demon Launches and Launches HARD

Feb 23, 2017 - 9:02 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Dodge Details the Demon Suspension

In the 7th installment of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon teaser program, the company discusses the suspension setup of the new drag-ready road car in a video and press release titled ‘Third Law’. The title likely refers to Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action, as the press release discusses the revised suspension setup of the new Demon and how that will improve the launching efforts of the next monster Mopar muscle car.

Today’s announcement points out that while the current Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has an adjustable, adaptive suspension setup that allows for a nice balance of launching, handling and ride quality, the Challenger SRT Demon will have a system which is designed more for launching with the new Drag Mode – while still providing good handling and ride characteristics for when the owners aren’t on the drag strip.

Basically, the high tech suspension setup in the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will allow the driver to set pick Drag Mode for the best weight transfer, the best traction and the best short times at the track, but when they leave the track, they can pick a mode that offers better settings for on-road driving.

This has been achieved by adding new, drag-tuned front and rear Bilstein dampers, a 35% lower front spring rate, a 28% lower rear spring rate, a 75% lower rate front sway bar and a 44% lower rate rear sway bar. Next, the adaptive suspension system has been retuned for these new component, in addition to the new Drag Mode, so when coupled with the drag race-ready suspension bits – the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will almost surely be the hardest launching production road car ever.

This is all a first for a production road car, as no other vehicle has been offered with a factory drag strip-ready setup like this, while still being street legal in the same basic form that it runs down the track.

Finally, in addition to some figures on the new suspension setup, Dodge offered up some mystery information on the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon which you can check out below. I’ve not been able to figure out what it means, but anyone on the site who does have an idea is encouraged to share your thoughts with the group in the forum!

In the meantime, check out the newest Demon teaser video, titled ‘Third Law’.

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Just try to grind these gears! Demon Gears, Torque Convertor Detailed

Feb 16, 2017 - 10:24 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Demon Gears, Torque Convertor Detailed

The newest information on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was released this morning and this week, we learn about the rear gears and the torque convertor – both of which offer 18% better torque multiplication when compared to the Hellcat Challenger.

We learned a few weeks back that the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon will wear Nitto NT05R drag radial tires which were designed specifically for this car, with a unique construction and composition from the NT05R tires already on sale for everyone else. These tires are stickier and wider than the tires on the Hellcat, measuring 12.6 inches wide and allowing the Demon twice the grip of the Hellcat.

Well, it seems that the traction of the Challenger Demon is so good that Dodge has gone ahead and engineered this new muscle car to send significantly more power to the rear wheels on launch with the addition of a new torque convertor and a new rear gearset.

Dodge hasn’t announced the stall RPM for this new torque convertor, but we know that this new component will yield 18% better torque multiplication compared to the unit in the Hellcat. Mind you, this doesn’t include any additional power from the Demon engine, but regardless of the output, the Demon transmission will multiply the torque output from the engine by 18% more than the Hellcat convertor.

Next, when the power moved through the driveshaft to the rear differential, it will come to the next unique feature of the 2018 Challenger Demon in the form of a new 3.09 gear set. This is 18% more aggressive than the 2.62 gears in the Hellcat, which leads to 18% more torque multiplication at the wheels.

In total, the new torque convertor and the 3.09 gears will offer more than 35% better torque multiplication on launch and when you launch the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon with the drag radials, the tires will wrinkle up as displayed in the photo above before rocketing the car down the track.
In addition to the information on the gears and torque convertor and the image of the wrinkled up tires, we also get our newest Demon teaser video, which you can check out above.
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The Air Grabber Returns on the 2018 Challenger Demon

Feb 09, 2017 - 9:36 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

The Air Grabber Returns on the 2018 Challenger Demon

Dodge rolled out 4 new teaser images, a new video and a handful of information on the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon today – stating that it will be powered by a supercharged Hemi which will be fed plenty of cool air by the new Air Grabber hood system.

As you can see in the images here, today’s teaser information focuses on the front end of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – with special interest being paid to the hood. The new Demon will have the largest hood scoop on any production car in America, measuring 45.2 square inches and spreading nearly the entire width of the hood. In addition to that big scoop, the Demon has Air Catcher headlights on both sides.

All of the air that is sucked in through this huge hood scoop heads through a channel in the underside of the Demon’s aluminum hood to a duct which fits tightly over the top of the new, larger air filter box, where it meets up with the air from the headlights. From there, the air is sucked into the supercharged Hemi, mixed with gasoline and turned into good old American horsepower.

This system is quite different from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which has just a single Air Catcher headlight and smaller hood scoop which doesn’t feed the engine directly. This new, more elaborate air intake system is called the Air Grabber, and while it doesn’t function anything like the Air Grabber hood on the 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, it serves the same purpose of drawing in tons of air to feed a Hemi V8.

The new Air Grabber system in the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon has far more potential for feeding fresh air into the engine bay, but it also helps feed much cooler air into the supercharged Hemi. In fact, when tested alongside the Hellcat, the Demon saw air intake temperatures which were 30 degrees cooler on a warm day. That is a serious reduction in engine air heat, which should help the Demon’s Hemi make even more power – we just don’t know how much power yet.

Finally, along with the four images shown here and the few bits of information, Dodge offered up the newest teaser video on IfYouKnowYouKnow.com, which offers a computer generated example of the air flow properties of the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon.

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