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E85 Demon Runs 9.80s

by Patrick Rall on

It has been a while since we have talked about any noteworthy quarter mile runs by a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, mostly due to the heat of the summer slowing everyone down. However, with cooler fall weather approaching, we are bound to start seeing videos of stock or near-stock Demons running well into the 9-second range. Today, we bring you the first such video, showing a near-stock Demon running in the 9.80s.

This Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is owned and drivng by Doug Redd, who was kind enough to post some information on his Mopar muscle car on the Modern Street Hemi Shootout Facebook page. He explained that the car has been tuned to run on E85 rather than the MS109 that he had previously been running in an effort to lower the cost of feeding the beast. He has also removed the stock wheels and Nitto Demon tires in favor of a set of 17-inch Weld wheels wrapped in 315-50 Mickey Thompson ET Street R tires.

Those are regarded as one of the best tire options for Hellcat cars and Demons, and this video shows why, as this Challenger gets off of the line in a hurry. Notice that this car is not being launched with the TransBrake, with the driver instead footbraking the launch at roughly 1,200rpm. In speaking with Jim Wilder, who has made over a thousand runs in the Demon development car, I was told that the TransBrake was essentially for getting the most out of the car and that when used correctly, it is worth at least a couple tenths. In other words, if Redd could get the hang of the TransBrake, his car could easily dip into the range of the 9.65 record runs.

Of course, we should point out that while the video details state that the car is stock, it is not. It has aftermarket rear wheels and tires, along with a tune for the E85 rather than a tune for 100+ octane race gas. Still, there is no question that wheels, tires and an E85 is an impressive mod list for a car running consistent 9.80s at this time of year.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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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