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Dodge Demon Takes On Ford GT For Drag Race Supremacy: Video

The Rolling Half-Mile Format Is Not The Demon’s Specialty, However

Dodge Demon vs Ford GT

First off, if you were one of the lucky ones to acquire a $450,000+ Ford GT, you’re entitled to assume that you’ve acquired one of the most capable performance cars in the world. That it should be able to dominate in any kind of race – from a standing quarter-mile, to a rolling half-mile, to any road course available. At the same time, if you were one of the lucky ones to acquire an $85,000 Dodge Demon, you’re entitled into thinking that its 840 horsepower supercharged engine should help you pull away from virtually anything in a straight line.

So if the two of these American icons faced off in a rolling half-mile race, which of them would prevail? Thankfully, a video from DragTimes helps us find some truth.

The race was held at an airfield in Immokalee, Florida. To get to the nitty gritty, just skip to the 5:00 mark.

Dodge Demon vs Ford GT

The reality is that these vehicles couldn’t be characteristically farther apart. The Dodge Demon is an absolute bruiser, and is an exercise in demonstrating the power of power that comes with the edgy reputation of being banned from NHRA competition. The 647 horsepower, 3,354-pound Ford GT is an overproof cocktail of the engineering relationship from track to street, and exists largely because Ford had to build these machines as homologation specials if they ever wanted to race and win at Le Mans again.

The rolling start is really where the Ford GT got the best of the Demon, as the vehicles finished with nearly the same trap speed. The Ford supercar just seemed to grip the tarmac more effectively. And its superior power:weight ratio and arrowhead shape helped carry it through the extreme wind resistance of triple digit speeds more smoothly than the Demon, as well.

Despite the video results, the Dodge Demon’s official 9.8-second run still lays claim to being the fastest production car in a quarter mile time, from a standing start. Sadly for the 4,280-pound Dodge Demon, this wasn’t that kind of race.

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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