What’s the ultimate drag-racing road car on sale? Well, ask a European petrolhead and they’ll probably tell you it’s the Porsche 911 Turbo S. Many Americans, however, would dismiss this with a shake of a Stetson and point you in the direction of the Dodge Demon. It seems there’s only one way to settle this…
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The Porsche 911 Turbo S has demolished every stock car we’ve ever raced it against. Even exotic offerings from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren have failed to pinch the Porsche’s quarter-mile crown. In the end, it took a 1,000hp tuned BMW M5 and a bonkers 850hp Audi RS3 to finally knock it off its perch…
But, it might be about to lose the title of ‘world’s quickest stock car’ thanks to a visitor from across the pond – the monstrous Dodge Demon.
This pure-bred drag-car started life as a Dodge Challenger, before having a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 heart with 808hp and 972Nm of torque shoehorned under its bonnet. These numbers comprehensively trump the 650hp and 800Nm you get from the Porsche’s twin-turbo 3.8-litre flat-six engine…
Even the 911’s uncanny knack of launching faster than a SpaceX rocket could be under threat from the big Dodge. Sure, the 911 has four-wheel drive (to the Dodge’s two) and a quick-fire dual-clutch automatic gearbox instead of a torque-converter automatic, but the Demon has drag slicks and something we’ve never seen in a carwow drag race – a transmission brake.
You can think of this as the ultimate launch control. It essentially locks the gearbox in position and allows the engine to deliver maximum torque while the car’s stationary. Then, on the ‘G’ of GO, the system unlocks the car’s cogs and allows it to leap forwards with ZERO delay.
The Porsche does have one final trick up its sleeve – or rather tucked in its waistband. Compared with the near-two-tonne Dodge, the Porsche tips the scales at a comparatively lightweight 1,640kg.
But, will this be enough to help the Porsche hold its title of the fastest stock car we’ve ever raced? There’s only one way to find out.
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