The Dodge Challenger Demon is the muscle car to beat these days. With a 9.65-second quarter-mile time and 840 horsepower at 100 octane race fuel, there’s no denying it’s impressive from the factory. But, Chevrolet may have something brewing, too.
At the 2017 SEMA show, Chevrolet discussed its Camaro ZL1 Drag Development car, which it says clocked a 10-second-flat quarter-mile time with a couple of enhancements. We wonder if Chevrolet is simply using the car as a testbed for new bolt-on parts, or if it has something greater in mind.
However, some of the parts do go beyond the Challenger Demon, for instance, the Camaro ZL1 development car houses a roll cage and a racing seat with a five-point harness. Otherwise, the modifications aren’t too extreme.
Chevrolet added a larger throttle body, smaller-diameter supercharger pulley, 110-octane fuel calibration, a new eLSD, magnetic ride control, and transmission calibration and new racing tires. All of this helped the car clock the 10-second quarter-mile time at 137.78 mph during official testing, along with a 1.415-second 60-foot time.
Again, we don’t know if Chevrolet has any intention for a factory drag racer, but even if it doesn’t, factory Chevrolet Performance parts may be on the horizon to help slay the Dodge Demon.