Dodge Demon Wheelie Simulator: A Taste Of The Real Thing!

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Dodge Demon Wheelie Simulator: A Taste Of The Real Thing!

Post by scottm » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:57 pm


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Of all the amazing things the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon can do, the wildest is its ability to pull a wheelie. You’ve read all about it and have probably even seen the boast in Dodge factory advertising. And it’s no hollow boast; the Guinness Book of World Records sent an observer to witness the spectacle of what happens when 840 horsepower is coupled to a prepared drag strip surface via Demon’s strip-optimized suspension and sticky Nitto P315/40R18 drag radials. The front tires defy gravity for a few feet before settling down and roaring down the track in 9.6 seconds.

To help spread the news and fan the flames of interest so to speak, Dodge devised the Demon Drag Strip Simulator. In the history of high-performance vehicle marketing, there’s never been anything like it. Essentially, Dodge took two fully operable Challengers, gutted the stock suspensions and drivelines, and transformed them into E-ticket-caliber Demon ride simulators.

Dubbed the Dodge SRT Demon Drag Strip Simulator, this traveling road show sets up in the manufacturer midway at major NHRA drag races, leading Mopar enthusiast shows, and top-caliber new car shows like the New York Auto Show, where it made its debut in April of 2017. Unlike the Dodge Thrill Ride, which is a high-speed ride-along promotion in actual Hellcats, the Drag Strip Simulator is a static display—but it is hardly immobile.

From the outside, the factory fresh TorRed and Billet Silver Metallic Demons look like they just rolled off the Brampton, Ontario assembly line. Inside, they’re also fully finished and look stock complete with paddle-shifters, center console, and the cool rear seat-delete configuration (a rear bench is optional to make Demon a true five-seater).

But lifting the hood reveals an empty void. The expected 840 horsepower 6.2 liter Demon Hemi is replaced by a mass of wires and rectangular steel tubing. And behind the fat-and-skinny Demon Holeshot rims, fast acting electric rams support vehicle weight and bring it all to life when the light flashes green. Without a doubt, the Dodge Demon Drag Strip Simulator is the first of its kind, a take-it-to-the-people action ride that’s spreading Dodge Demon fever everywhere it goes. Let’s take a peek behind the curtain for an exclusive look at how it all works.
Very cool. Driving sims were not this cool when I was younger. :)
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