The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon had its moment in the sun as the Quarter Mile King, but there is a new fighter on the scene. Although it is much less powerful, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette can give it a serious battle in a drag race – as long as the conditions are right.
In this case, there’s an original Corvette that takes on a modified demon. Modifications to the Dodge include thin wheels up front and sticky Mickey Thompson rubber on the back. The catalytic converters are gone and it looks like there is some additional exhaust work going on as well. The Check Engine Light is apparently not on, so with the pipes without a cat, that also suggests the possibility of a tune.
The odds certainly seem in favor of the Dodge, but wait and see what happens. In the first race, the Corvette leaves it in the dust because the demon is apparently so loud inside that the driver cannot hear the Vette’s horn.
In the next race, both vehicles got off to a good start. The demon starts strong for the first moment, but then the ‘Vette passes. It looks like the Dodge may be gaining a bit of distance towards the end, but not enough.
The final race is mainly a repeat of the second. The Corvette pulls away and there is nothing the demon can do to keep pace.
So how does the 495 horsepower (369 kilowatt) Corvette beat a Challenger Demon of at least 808 horsepower (603 kW), although probably more with mods? Traction seems to be the answer, in the opinion of the owner of the Vette. These races take place on an unprepared stretch of road. Even with the Mickey Thompson tires which are almost slick, the Dodge does not seem able to reduce its power as effectively as the Chevy on this surface.