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Meet the Speedkore carbon fiber Demon

by Patrick Rall on

The carbon fiber experts at Speedkore made big news at last year’s SEMA Show when they brought out a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with a body made entirely from the lightweight material. This year, they went beyond that — bringing a carbon fiber-bodied 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

If the Speedkore 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was completely painted a factory color, even the most devout Mopar fans might not recognize anything different. The form of the car itself is identical to a production Demon, but rather than steel, aluminum and the plastic composites, the body of this Demon is entirely comprised of carbon fiber — including the rear quarter panels, the roof, the doors – everything.

This conversion to the complete carbon fiber body gives the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon a wicked-cool look, but more importantly, it cuts unnecessary weight from the body. The Speedkore Demon is roughly 250 pounds lighter than the normal production Demon, cutting it from 4,200 pounds (not including the driver) to just under 4,000 pounds.

Based on the common conversion that each 100 pounds cut from a drag car leads to a tenth of a second off of the elapsed time, 250 lb would (in theory – this is not an exact science) lead to an ET that is a quarter of a second quicker than the stock Demon in the quarter mile. Based on the official quarter mile time of 9.65, the Speedkore Demon could be capable of getting down around the 9.40 mark.

The Speedkore carbon fiber body looks great and it cuts 250 pounds from the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, but it doesn’t come cheap. The full package, with installation, costs $70,000, while the custom paint job tacks on another $20,000. Still, for the deep-pocketed 2018 Demon buyer who wants to have an even lighter 840 hp Challenger, this is surely the most eye-catching way to cut 250 lb from your new Mopar muscle car.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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