What you guys are about to see may seem like a drag race, but as the guys at Throttle House put it, it’s more like a street race setup. No fancy gas or ultra traction here! The upside is that both the Dodge Demon and the Super Snake are doing their thing… about as safely as they can.
We expect nothing less from the Canadian-British comedic duo. And although lining up 1600 horsepower is nothing to laugh at, they still managed to extract a little humor from the fact that one of the cars is dangerous and not as fast as it should be. And no, we’re not talking about the Dodge here, which comes as a surprise. Oops! There we go spoiling the surprise.
We’re right at the end of the life of both these muscle cars, but that just means egos are about as high as they’re ever going to get. The Dodge Demon owners believe they are kings of the road due to their quarter-mile machines being so fast, but rivals aren’t hard to find.
Now, you guys have probably seen a million drag races featuring the Demon and the Shelby GT500, which is Ford’s own super-strong muscle car. That thing is a pretty impressive piece of machinery. But today’s contender comes from Shelby American and actually started life as a regular Coyote which received mods worthy of an extreme price tag, as well as the Shelby owner registry.
Let’s look at some numbers. In terms of power, the 6.2-liter demon engine is down 17 ponies on the 825 horsepower Super Snake. So despite having a smaller block, the Ford is gutsier. Maybe that’s why the supercharger whistles and whines. You know what they say: nobody can hear you scream in a V8 American drag race.
Torque, however, heavily favors the Demon, which is what you’d expect given the displacement. The 6.2L puts out 717 lb-ft (972 Nm) of torque of the good stuff, compared to just 630 lb-ft (854 Nm) for the Shelby. And as you may have noticed, the Mustang is in its heavier convertible clothes. That makes things even worse, as weight is the enemy of torque. Yeah, no feels-good moments for the Ford drivers here!
The Demon was built well for the quarter-mile event, with the entire reputation of the Dodge brand resting on its ability to launch and be fast. The Super Snake puts on a good show, but it’s tricky to drive, which is a good thing if you’re after a 800+ Mustang that wants to kill you.