Driveline Technology of the Year Award

2018 Dodge Challenger Wins Roadshow Driveline Technology of the Year Award

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been winning awards and turning heads since last fall and 2018 will continue this trend. CNETs Roadshow recognized the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for its innovative and powerful driveline with their 2018 Roadshow Shift Award for Driveline Technology of the Year.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the worlds fastest production car. It comes equipped with a class dominating Hemi Demon 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that produces 840-horsepower with 770 lb-ft of torque. The Demon is the world’s most powerful muscle car and holds the current quarter mile record for production vehicles at 9.65 seconds.
“We saw some amazing innovations on the powertrain front this year, and this was a hotly contested category, but in the end, the Roadshow team couldn’t resist the lure of the Demon,” said Tim Stevens, editor-in-chief, Roadshow by CNET. “The power output is of course phenomenal, but it’s the extent of the technology that really impressed us, like ducting the air conditioning to chill the intake air. It’s a hell of a package.”

The 2018 Dodge Challeger SRT is innovation by design. It implements features that have never before been used on a production vehicle, such as routing air conditioning to chill intake air, an innovation Popular Science recognized as 2017’s Best of What’s New. It is not surprising that the driveline would eventually get recognition as it would take some extremely innovative engineering to keep the Demons 840-horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque from tearing a traditional drive line into pieces.

“Our performance-minded designers and engineers worked tirelessly to shake the foundation of the entire performance car industry with the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “In the quest for domination at the drag strip, Dodge//SRT engineers reviewed and strengthened every piece of the drivetrain to ensure it provides the ultimate in performance and durability.”

Updates include:

  • Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V-8 engine produces 840 horsepower and 770 pounds-feet of torque when equipped with available Direct Connection engine controller (first ever for production car) and fueled with 100+ high-octane unleaded fuel. Engine develops 808 horsepower and 717 pounds-feet of torque with 91-octane fuel
  • Air-Grabber  induction system includes the largest functional hood scoop (45.2 square inches) of any production car
  • First-ever, factory-production car with TransBrake combined with Torque Reserve, to deliver the highest g-force acceleration of any production car
  • After-Run Chiller (production car first) runs the cooling fan and the low-temperature circuit coolant pump after engine shutdown
  • Award-winning and factory production car first SRT Power Chiller redirects air conditioning refrigerant to help cool compressed air entering the supercharged Demon V-8 engine
  • Bilstein Adaptive Damping shocks have been tuned for drag racing, shifting as much weight as possible on the rear tires at launch for maximum traction. The weight transfer improves rear tire grip by 11 percent
  • Drag Mode Launch Assist (factory car first) uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and in milliseconds modifies the engine torque to regain full grip
  • Factory-installed, 315/40R18 Nitto street-legal drag radials for improved grip and 40 percent more launch force compared with standard SRT Challenger Hellcat tires
  • Available narrow “front runner” wheels for use at drag strips to cut front-end weight and rolling resistance
  • The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s driveline components were also upgraded to get all that power and torque to the rear wheels, on every run. Changes include:
  • Upgraded prop shaft with a 15 percent increase in torque capacity. The prop shaft uses high-strength steel. Shaft tube thickness increases by 20 percent, and the stub shafts are heat treated for enhanced durability
  • The rear differential housing has 30 percent more torque capacity. The housing is made from heat-treated A383 aluminum alloy. New material for the gear set has higher fatigue strength, with a deeper case hardening depth and two-step shot-peening manufacturing process to increase compressive residual stress
  • The rear half shafts are larger in diameter; use a high-strength, low-alloy steel; and have 41 splines (up from 38), delivering a 20 percent increase in torque capacity. Eight-ball joints handle more torque, while reducing operating temperatures by more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Accolades Include:

  • Disruptor of the Year
  • Driveline Tech of the Year
  • Cabin Tech of the Year
  • Safety Tech of the Year
  • Vehicle of the Year
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