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9-Second Cars No Longer Require Additional Safety Equipment

Dodge Demon

Back in 2012, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) safety and speed regulations were adjusted to require the driver to have a competition license and the installation of extra safety gear. Additionally, they wouldn’t be allowed to compete if they could do a quarter-mile quicker than 9.99 seconds or had a trap speed over 135 mph. As a result, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – capable of a 9.65-second quarter mile @ 140 mph – was technically banned from NHRA-sanctioned events. A stat that Dodge didn’t shy away from when the muscle car was presented onto the world back in 2017.

However, the rules have since been revised, and owners of modern performance cars can now take their vehicles drag racing without worrying about being disqualified for being too quick. In turn: Dodge Challenger SRT Demon owners can now enter an NHRA-sanctioned event without needing to weld in a roll cage and other safety equipment.

Dodge Challenger Demon Now Welcomed By NHRA

The change states that cars from the 2014 model year and newer can now run quarter-miles as quick as 9.0 seconds or have a 150 mph trap speed without being disqualified. The previous rule was a noticeable problem for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon when it debuted because it could clock sub-10-second quarter-mile times. Later, the Tesla Model S Plaid was also capable of beating the regulated time, resulting in track personnel kicking out drivers of both vehicles.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at US 131 Dragway – Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

The new NHRA rules also affect vehicles from 2008 to 2013, which can now go as quick as 10 seconds or have a 135 mph trap speed. However, in order for individuals to compete in NHRA’s street-legal events, the model must pass all highway safety requirements in the state where the driver is competing. In addition, individuals are allowed to have their vehicles equipped with aftermarket parts. However, they must meet the OEM safety system requirements, and tires must be DOT approved.

Drivers that break the 13, 12, 11, and 10 second times will now receive unique decals from NHRA Member Tracks. So if someone does a 9-second run and then submits an NHRA competition license application, they will get a special sticker.

What are you waiting for, Demon owners? Get out there!

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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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