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Dodge Demon Fire

Fair warning, this is a viral video that will make most of you cringe from start to finish. If not for commentary, it will be for the fact that it captures race officials and a Dodge Demon owner arguing with each other while the 840 horsepower muscle car is on fire. This all happened during a track day at the popular Milan Dragway in southeastern Michigan. Worse still are the user comments on the video, submitted by user “MotorTube”. We’re not here to pass blame or spit venom on anybody, but let’s get to what seems to be happening in the moment.

The footage is said to originate from a test & tune event on July 31 at the drag strip, and about thirty seconds into the video we see a TorRed 2018 Dodge Demon pull up to the line, and begins to perform a routine line-lock burnout to warm the tires, but something isn’t right. Something clearly broke underneath the car, and fire and smoke immediately shot out from the bottom of it. It’s all down hill from there.

Dodge Demon Fire

Milan Dragway officials told the driver to turn his car off, but he quickly exclaimed that it wouldn’t. In the heat of the moment, it didn’t take long for tempers to ignite much like the car, and a track official stormed away from attempting to put out the fire, taking the extinguisher along with him. Minutes go by with the Dodge Demon owner and race officials spatting with one another, before eventually reason is restored, and the workers come forward to put the fire out. The Demon managed to avoid being engulfed in flames, but at the time of this writing there’s no telling the extent of the damage in the engine bay, the cabin, or the underbody. We also hope everybody is able to cool off and talk it out afterwards. For now, we invite you to watch the 15-minute video below, if you can bear it.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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