Dodge Demon Sets World Record Drag Time in the 8s

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NHRA-certified time for the Demon is 9.65 but this Challenger ran an 8.99 quarter-mile with a short mod list.

When Dodge introduced the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, it set the standard for American muscle cars. With 840 horsepower, the modern Demon is the most powerful road-going American production car of all time, but more importantly, with an NHRA-certified stock quarter mile time of 9.65, it is the quickest factory production road car in the world. The new Demon can also lift the front tires off of the ground in stock form and even when running on pump gas, the output of 808-horsepower is enough to put this beast into the high nine-second range.

So, the 2018 Demon is the quickest and most powerful American production road car ever, but we knew before the first car reached an owner that people weren’t going to leave them stock. One owner who didn’t leave the car stock for long is Mark Massirio, who sent his 2018 Challenger Demon to Tim Barth Tuning in Illinois. After a few months of tuning, building and drag testing, Barth was able to make Massirio’s Mopar muscle car the first of its kind to crank into the eight-second quarter-mile range.

Massirio Demon Burnout

Massirio’s Beast

When Mark Massirio first took delivery of his 2018 Dodge Challenger, he turned to Paul Albino of Total Induction Tuning Solutions of South Windsor, Connecticut to add some extra power. Albino added some simple bolt-ons including a 2.85-inch Metco upper pulley, an Innovators West lower pulley, ID1700 fuel injectors, a Kenne Bell Boost-A-Pump, catless midpipes, a 180-degree thermostat and did some initial tuning work.

Next, Massirio shipped his Demon to Tim Barth in Illinois for even more power. Barth added ARH headers, a Nitrous Outlet plate system with a 75hp shot, a Nitrous Outlet dedicated fuel system running C16, a Per4mance Development differential brace and he tuned the whole setup to run on an E90 alcohol blend.

Massirio Demon Wheels Up Rear

Other than those items, this Demon is relying on factory parts, with the exception of the Mickey Thompson 305/45/18 ET Street SS mounted out back.

Shooting for the Record

Tim Barth has tuned a handful of the world’s quickest and strongest Hellcat cars, including the Epling Garage 007 Challenger that currently holds the world record for the quickest Hellcat car. After finishing the build on Massirio’s Demon, Barth spent countless hours testing the car at the track, followed by more tuning work. Over time, Barth worked the car into the low 9-second range, often holding the record for the world’s quickest new Demon.

Massirio Demon Side

This past weekend, Barth headed to Virginia for the fifth stop on the 2018 Modern Street Hemi Shootout schedule with the hopes of resetting the Demon world record. He did, but more importantly, Barth became the first person to run an 8-second quarter mile in a new Demon.

We have included two videos of the record run here from THEDEVILSDEMON YouTube channel. On this run, Tim Barth stopped the top-end timers in Mark Massirio’s Challenger with a time of 8.992 at 154.72 miles per hour. Getting there started with a 1.402 60-foot time and a 5.813 at 122.89 in the 8th mile, followed by the first ever 8-second quarter mile time by a modern Dodge Demon.

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Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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