Somehow, A Corvette ZR1 Killed A Dodge Demon On The Strip

When Dodge unveiled the Challenger SRT Demon last year, the company claimed it was “too fast for the drag strip” as it was “officially banned by the NHRA.” The company also promised the model would be “absolutely dominating” at drag racing.

While it is indeed fast, one Demon owner learned that you shouldn’t always buy into the hype as their car was just beaten by a Corvette ZR1 at the Richmond Dragway. According to Dragzine, the ZR1 was completely stock except for the fact that was it running on drag radial tires. Little is known about the Demon, so it is unclear if the car was properly set up and equipped for the race, as per Dodge’s instructions.

If it was, it should have been a formidable competitor as it has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops up to 840 HP (626 kW) and 770 lb-ft (1,044 Nm) of torque. In this configuration, the Demon accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 2.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph (225 km/h).

Even if the car wasn’t running on race fuel or wasn’t equipped with the Direct Connection Controller, it still is a high-performance machine that develops 808 hp (603 kW) and 717 lb-ft (972 Nm) of torque.

The Corvette ZR1 isn’t exactly a slouch, either, as the model has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 developing 755 hp (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft (969 Nm) of torque. This reportedly enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.85 seconds and run the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph (215 km/h).

If both models were able to achieve their claimed times, the Demon should have won this race as it can run the quarter mile 0.95 seconds faster than the ZR1, while also doing 6 mph (9 km/h) more. Obviously that didn’t happen, as the Dodge lost out to the ‘Vette. Any ideas why that might have happened?

  • donald seymour

    Lighter car and more horse power. Plus the Dodge wasn’t running slicks, which the Corvette was.

    • Reckoning Day

      Less horsepower actually. But… you’re still cool at Dairy Queen.

      • donald seymour

        Actually, the 750 rating is an extremely conservative low-ball concerning power. 750 is at the highest air temperature that the blower would make. During the press release The Drive journalist stated that the vehicle actually makes around about 800 to 815 under the right conditions. Well, at night the air is cooler and slightly denser. So, yeah there you go.

        • Evan

          Fake news

        • Reckoning Day

          That same ‘theory’ of yours would apply to the Dodge also though.

          • donald seymour

            Well, dang then yeah. I guess if you take the numbers and the same theorem then yeah. Because I do keenly remember the original Hellcat’s numbers were deliberately reduce just for the name sake of 707 sounded a lot cooler than 750 which is the true rating. But at the same time it wasn’t wearing slicks. BUT the champ can’t be a champ always, someone will challenge him.

        • Six_Tymes

          thanks for facts and not BS

    • Evan

      Corvette has more horsepower? Fake news!

    • Matt Sullivan

      Demon comes with the same tire the Vette was running.

      • donald seymour

        Yeah, but for some reason they didn’t choose to run it.

  • john1168

    Slicks make a world of difference on the track. And if the Demon wasn’t running with race gas then they both have similar torque numbers and the Demon has a 50 hp advantage. BUT, the Demon weighs more….A LOT more. Would have been nice if the guy recording this could show the times and speeds at the end of the race…. 🙁

    • Six Thousand Times

      And the ‘Vette is a lot better aerodynamically. Now just think what would happen with a few turns.

      • Evan

        Cars that you can hardly fit into tend to be better aerodynamically. You ever try sitting in a Corvette?

        • Six Thousand Times

          Driven a couple in my time, actually. Wouldn’t really want anybody to see me in a Dodge, though to be honest. I guess that is kind of snobbish.

        • Matt

          My friend who’s 6’2″ ~250lbs fit fine into the current and previous 2 gens of corvettes i’ve had/we’ve been in. Yes it’s a smaller inside over a challenger but it’s no miata/s2000.

    • eb110americana

      This was linked in the YouTube vid. I don’t know what level of power the Demon was running at, but you can tell that this isn’t full-tilt, as it doesn’t have skinnies on the front axle (provided in the Demon Crate). Those are the rear drag tires they give you at all 4 from the factory.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9efa62d8ecbf3ad92607f4f385a3b41cd42cfc68a86e6ceb0e6b691f45213be.jpg

      • john1168

        I totally missed the link. Thanks for sharing this. And yeah, that Demon wasn’t at full tilt. Not with that time. However it still had a very impressive trap speed even though it was way behind the Vette. I gotta say, that Vette looked like it was launched off the deck of an aircraft carrier with the catapult the way it took off with those slicks.

        …And look at the reaction times! .06 for the Demon and .34 for the Vette! The Demon got off the line first!

    • Bob White

      Demon comes with drag radials and article says the Corvette had a set.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Can’t kill the Demon… if it dies, no more Demon vs (anything) + videos comparisons.

  • DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT DRAG RACING BUY SEEMS SKILL ISN’T TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION HERE. IF IT’S JUST ABOUT NUMBERS THEN THERE’D BE NO REASON TO DO IT.

    • Nick Jurgle

      It’s absolutely about drivers skill. Just because their professional driver got that kind of track time doesn’t mean the average person will

      • YEAH, THE ARTICLE DOESN’T SEEM TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE DRIVER MAY HAVE BEEN AT LEAST PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WIN.

  • Louis

    Chevy is just a better company sorry 😐…. I think yesterday the vette shattered the world record but don’t quote me boys CHEVY POWER 😝

    • SteersUright

      Yes, because when people think of the finest automakers out there Chevy and Dodge come to mind…

      • Louis

        No not exactly.. to be totally honest the best is Ferrari but who has a half million to spend .. but that’s a car to own if your rich

        • SteersUright

          And a $100k Dodge is a car to own if you’re poor? Lol.
          Anyhow, not really arguing. I love all these sports cars anyhow.

    • Ralph Hernandez

      Vette HAS NOT shattered any record! GUINESS certified and the Demon has NOT been dethroned! Sorry Bowtie Lover, but your thinking is crooked! Never been a Chevy that could beat a Hemi!

      • Westley West Jr.

        That’s not true, I just witnessed a Corvette beating a Dodge Demon? You must be on the wrong thread.

      • john1168

        “Never been a Chevy that could beat a Hemi!” until now…lol

      • LWOAP

        Did you not watch the video? It just got beaten by a Corvette.

    • Evan

      Fake news

      • Louis

        Idk buddy google vette beats ford Gt at the track ..?! And I do believe the Tesla has slapped the crap out the demon 3 times ?! Idk I don’t claim to have all the answers I just like Chevy better than dodge honestly.. they are all money rackets !! But if we wanna get crazy go on you tube and watch these lil civics crush lambos,, and all them it’s actually sickening 🤔🤪

  • Noah Bennett Marvin

    Well, the Vette weighs 700+lbs less and, at least appears, more aero-friendly than Dodges raging brick from hell. Seems like a predictable result.

    • Trent Wilson

      So let me get this straight. A car designed from the ground up to be on a drag strip got its butt destroyed by a car built for taking turns and competing against world class automakers? Ok….

      • Noah Bennett Marvin

        Yes, you got it straight. You’re all caught up with everyone who read the title of the article.

      • Evan

        The better car can lose with the wrong driver .

  • Chris Henson

    It was the driver and the tires

  • Thomas Gardner

    Corvette :Much lower weight, similar foot lbs of torque , better aerodynamics, takes off the line taster.

    • katzkiner

      In 1971 you could not beat the Chevy.
      In 2018, you can not beat the Chevy.
      And that is with the little motor.
      I know, I used to race Mustangs.
      Got tired of losing.

      • Rick Nelsen

        Definitely a driver problem, wasn’t the car…

      • Ralph Hernandez

        Better look up your wins from Pro Stock back in the 70’s! Until the Hemi was handicapped, Nothing could touch it! Still Can’t!

        • Trent Wilson

          The purpose built factory drag car got raped by a lesser car. Welcome to the V-Tec level.

        • katzkiner

          That is very true, I drove an SRT hemi about 3 years ago.
          The salesman was telling me how fast it was.
          When we got back to the lot I offered him a ride in my slightly modified 200+mph 93 Z28.
          He declined.
          Good thing to, white hair would not have looked good on such a young man.

      • Evan

        Viper ate Corvette for years, did you ever hear of that car?

        • katzkiner

          Yes, I almost bought one, that V12 is a nightmare to rebuild though.
          GM Performance has a super block that just a mild build will produce 2500 hp, they have not even brought out the big blocks yet.
          I love MOPAR, kept one most of my life.
          But, nothing runs like a damned Chevy.
          Nothing with out wings and an afterburner anyway.

        • Status

          No, because the Viper fossilized itself, whereas the Corvette is alive and growing.

    • Evan

      Mmmm, tasty!

  • SteersUright

    That Dodge does have one beautiful paint job though.

  • Pete Hrooschinski

    Demon always losing to everything. They lied about it’s times.

    • Ralph Hernandez

      Hey Hater, Look up the Guiness Book of World Records, BEFORE You shoot your mouth off!

    • Six_Tymes

      kind of seems that way lately. then again, the drivers suck

  • mmkkpro

    The Demon even cut a better light , that’s the cool thing about drag racing anything can happen on any given night . I have been a drag racer since the late 70s and I have put cars on the trailer and have been put on the trailer , that’s why ya line em up ,WOT.

  • Alex S

    As as as as. Such lazy writing. I couldn’t get through it. Learn proper punctuation, conjunction usage, implementation of the word “because”, and maybe I can stomach it.

  • GettCouped

    This is a sensationalistic article. What were the times? And a faster car losing one race doesn’t change facts. Don’t get me wrong. I love the ZR1. It would easily be my choice is I could afford to pick one, but this article just ended up being click bait drama.

    • Ralph Hernandez

      AMEN!!!!!!

    • Six Thousand Times

      It was the heavier, less aerodynamic car with more horsepower but less advantageous tires that lost and would probably do so again and again. The article sounds legit.

  • Nick Jurgle

    Driver skill is a very important factor. We have no idea about the skill of either one.

  • Shad Holland

    I heard squealing. That would like be the Dodge losing just enough traction at the start to lose.

    Also, the Corvette is much lighter than the Dodge, so power to weight comes into play.

    Then add the fact that the ZR1 0-60 time is a street tire time. When companies do 0-60 times, they do it on completely stock cars. Since the ZR1 has slicks, it will put up a much quicker time.

    Looked like a close race and their is always a human element to drag racing.

  • jose rivera

    Look up SRTMUSH on YouTube. He has his Demon running 9.3’s.

    • Diordna11

      Yeah. .and it isn’t stock, so what’s your point?

  • MrWonderful03

    “Somehow”? Track was too cold, Demon didn’t have it’s tires, it was too warm outside, the driver had to pee, it was his first run…

  • zookr

    Driver error

  • Diordna11

    Well, for the Demon, it wasn’t the perfect ambient temperature or the perfectly prepped track at the perfect elevation and there wasn’t a professional driver behind behind the wheel. The Demon is getting its ass handed to it across the country at the strip and the street.
    People bought into all of the hype and most are finding out that they didn’t get what they thought they were getting. Dodge would have been much better off being conservative with their performance figures like other manufacturers do as opposed to publishing the best time they ever got after making hundreds and hundreds of runs down the strip. I’d be very disappointed had I laid down $85k++ for one.

    • Michael Cohen

      Really, you would be disappointed??? I for one cannot name a quicker sub $100,000 car.

  • CarbonX3M

    It’s all about the driver. Almost none of them can hit 9s. The Demon is a bitch to launch properly. I’ve seen lots of high 10s, lots of 11s and even a few 15s. Go’s to show you, just because you have money, that doesn’t mean you have talent or skills. It’s the main reason why so many supercars are destroyed.

  • Meownugget..

    Fake news because we all no that the demon with all intended parts puts it into the 9’s..

    • Ralph Hernandez

      AMEN!!!!!! Write some REAL STORIES!!!!!!

      • Trent Wilson

        It cut a better light and STILL lost to a Corvette that had nothing more than bargain slicks. Congrats on the turf, Dodge. All that Italian heritage thanks to Fiat and this is the shit you give us….

  • Ralph Hernandez

    This IS TOTALLY FAKE NEWS!!!!!!
    THE DEMON MUST HAVE BEEN DRIVEN BY A DRIVER WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HOW TO LAUNCH WITH THE TRANS BRAKE! AND WANTED THE DEMON TO LOSE FOR THIS FAKE STORY!
    ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE BENDING THINGS FOR THEIR PURPOSES! THE GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS HAS THE TRUTH AND THE ZR1 ISN’T THE WINNER, THE DEMON IS!!
    Publishing stories like this is why I am not one of YOUR subscribers! FAKE, FAKE, AND DID I MENTION; FAKE!!!!!!

  • Ralph Hernandez

    HATER! Sour Grapes! Live with it!

    • Trent Wilson

      Sour grapes? Dude, guess you’ve missed all the videos on YouTube of Dodge getting shit on by Ford, Chevy, and….Tesla.

  • Steve Sippy

    Dodge is full of crap.The demons weight to horsepower ratio isnt high enough to produce a mid 9 second quarter.Im calling bs on this claim

  • Puddingpopper

    add 1000 lbs stick head in microwave

  • Jesse Jordan

    The 2019 Ford Cobra Jet will drag dodge demon and chevy zr1 down the strip all day every day.I have a 2016 5.0 Roush charged 727 hp Stang that smacks around hell kitties and vettes already can you imagine if Ford made a 6.2 for Mustangs supercharged!All dodge has left is the dodge devil lmao and the Zr1 will have to be Ar1 or Zr2 lol

    • Trent Wilson

      And it’ll just be killed by some farm kid with an LS swapped S10 or late 60s/early 70s GM model. You know, the usual shit killing Ford and Dodge powered crap.

      • Jesse Jordan

        Production car key word.Just saying

    • katzkiner

      I had a Shelby 429 Super Cobra Jet back in the 70s.
      It was the only FORD I ever had that would embarass the Chevys.,

      • Jesse Jordan

        Nice and its back meaner than ever.Chevy has always been the back yard mechanics choice but honestly Ford has started taking that over now.My 2016 Gt with 10000 in the super charger a couple more thousand in beefing up the motor ,oil gear ,crank gear exhaust runs high 10s all day.Thats with out using launch control i still have stock half shafts so not chancing it plus would rather rip a shaft then my tranny.My point here is show me another car capable of running those times for a total of 46000$$ Backyard mechanics dream!!.

  • Christopher Ryan

    Looks to me like the Demon driver (obviously an amateur) thought he jumped the light, hesitated/backed off the throttle for a split second, which gave up the Demon’s main advantage (the 0-60 jaunt), the ZR1 got ahead and power to weight won the day.

  • Reckoning Day

    ‘ Cause Dodge, pork belly fat. Simple.

  • Reckoning Day

    Why in bloody hellcat ? ‘Cause Chevy. Simple. Don’t buy ugly. Buy Chevy. Don’t be the one at the prom without a date.

  • BobofKy

    Everybody is not equiped with the courage to drive like being shot out of a cannon; Dodge guy for example.

  • Reckoning Day

    Yup.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Manual demon automatic Vette

    • Status

      Nobody drag races with a manual and expects to be taken seriously.

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