Ford GT Lays Waste To Dodge Demon In 1/2 Mile Drag Race

The main issue with racing against a genuine supercar like a McLaren 720S or, say, a Ford GT, is that unless you beat it off the line by a significant margin, it’s going to be really difficult for you to keep up at high speed.

That goes double if in fact you’re already dragging along extra weight, which is the case with the Dodge Demon compared to Ford’s ultimate track-focused road car.

On paper, the Demon can put down as much as 840 HP as long as you’re using 100 octane fuel, a Race ECU and race air filter. Get off to a good start and you can run the 1/4 mile in under 10 seconds – extremely impressive in a car that weighs a massive 4,280 lbs (1,941 kg).

This however was a 1/2 mile race, which is a different story, as aerodynamics come into play, too; and the Demons is like a brick compared to the sleek, low-snug GT. To make matters worse for the Dodge, the Ford only weighs 3,400 lbs (1,542 kg), and has 647 HP thanks to its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. So, while it’s less powerful by a wide margin, it’s also much lighter, which enables it to match the Demon’s 2.3 kg/hp power-to-weight ratio.

According to Brooks from DragTimes, both cars spun their wheels off the line, which is to be expected with that kind of power. Once both cars hooked, the Ford was already ahead and pushing through the air with much greater ease than the Dodge.

 

  • Ben

    My honest feelings are that most people cannot properly launch the Demon. I’m not saying it would have won, but I am saying that its shown to be a true driver’s car, in the aspect of launching the vehicle properly is driver dependent. Racing against vehicles such as the Ford GT and McLaren 720s is all about weight, but also about programming. The true engineering MARVEL of those high-end vehicles is that literally anyone can launch them and get very close to their limits easily.

    The Demon isn’t as technically advanced as those vehicles are, apparently. That being said, I think Dodge has done an amazing job with the vehicle. Think about when Ford released the Cobra Terminator, fast car, but it was competing with Corvette, Viper, and modded Supra. The fact that a stock Dodge product is legitimately competing against cars that cost more than most homes is a win, even if the Demon isn’t winning those races.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      That demon launch was terrible, was behind after 10m. Those drag tires can do more

  • ErnieB

    Both are amazing examples of American coolness

  • Arthur

    Not knowing what these cars trap at in a 1/2 mile off the top of my head, I can take a good stab at saying it’s at least 175 seeing as how both cars can do the 1/4 in the 10s or less at around 140. Aero plays a big factor after 150 but it’s real clear that the Demon had lost from the getgo, while the GTs launch wasn’t great, the Demons was worse. With the right driver and right conditions (Demon is running street legal drag radials versus summer tires that the GT is running), the Demon would hook a lot harder than the GT and the race at the end of the 1/2 mile would be a lot closer.

  • Mike anonymous

    I just want to note that the Ford GT is powered by an EcoBoost Engine. I feel as though theres still a lot of (partly ‘un-just’) dislike for anything with an EcoBoost label on it.

    • Wandering_Spirit

      Be sure. Had it been called “Gas Guzzler”….there would a queue after it. But that “EcoBoost” makes it sound so proletary and unexclusive that many shy away just for the label. As to me, i’d get one anyday in place of a Ferrari or a Lambo. Ecoboost or not.

  • Craig

    Was the Demon catching up?

  • Kevin Cagle

    Ah yes, the old half mile drag. I love to head down to the ole half mile drag strip on a saturday night. This is really dumb. 1/8, 1/4 or 1mi.

  • Steelerfan

    This is a foolish comparison! 500K car vs 100K car, 3000 production vs. a few hundred, a car built for drag strip vs. a light road race car. For 400K difference, one should expect the GT to be a helluva lot faster.

  • SUPERDOG, INC.

    I beat Hellcats in my Cadillac CTS-V. People that buy those are tough guys, not real car guys. Who buys a street car and doesn’t care about handling, comfort or anything elsewhere, just HP so they can brag? Guys with small weiners that can’t drive is who.

    A CTS-V hooks up better. I’d like to see your cars against a CTS-V.

    • Jack Brown

      CTS-v are shit compared to a hellcat quit racing kids and you will see

  • Six_Tymes

    “Lays Waste” Obviously the writer has no idea what that phrase means in regards to racing. The Demon driver did not have good reaction time. And I am not suggesting it would have won if it had a batter driver. It wasn’t that far behind, and the car isn’t even aero dynamic at all, nor was it designed to be. Taking all that into consideration the Demon did pretty good actually.

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