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DODGE DEMON 170 VS FORD MUSTANG COBRA JET RACE SHOWS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STREET LEGAL AND TRACK ONLY

It’s Close, But Not That Close

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet vs Dodge Demon 170

There’s a reason why some cars are considered illegal when taking them on the ordinary roads traversed by the public. But if you’ve ever wondered what the real difference is, look no further than the recent drag race between a 2023 Dodge Challenger Demon 170 and a 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet purpose-built for drag racing. When the Mustang first went on sale, it was available for $85,490 for the naturally aspirated version. Buyers interested in a supercharged version could pay $92,990 instead. By comparison, the 2023 Dodge Challenger Demon 170 came for $96,666. 

Dodge Demon 170 vs. Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet: Details

The two racers in question are Rod Heltzel, who owns the 2013 Super Cobra Jet chassis #30, and Herman Young, who owns the blue Demon 170. Herman is known as Demonology on social media and has regularly uploaded racing videos of the Demon 170, where it periodically smokes some potent cars. That said, Rod’s Super Cobra Jet doesn’t struggle much when it comes to humbling the epic Demon 170 down the quarter mile. 

 

Unfortunately, the video only shows the cars racing one another without any official quarter-mile times or speeds. We can still see the results without the numbers to boot. It’s known that Rod’s 2013 Mustang is capable of finishing the quarter-mile in just 8.79 seconds when it was completely stock. But this Mustang is at least slightly modified to have an even more significant advantage with Mickey Thompson drag radials at the back and a drag chute for added stopping power, just in case. 

By comparison, Dodge has stated that the Demon 170 can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 1.66 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile in 8.91 seconds at 151.17 miles per hour. That’s with lightweight options and E85 fuel, but even looking at these numbers, it’s pretty clear which car will win the race even without watching the video. That said, we recommend watching it; it’s a fun race to behold and shows just how significant the difference is between a street-legal car and one made for track-only fun.

Dodge Demon 170 Reveal Video Photos 2023 Challenger Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Image via Dodge.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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