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.
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.