When Dodge revealed the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon to the public a few days ago, CEO Tim Kuniskis pointed out that the 9.65 second quarter-mile time would get you kicked out of a NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. That’s true, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your Demon to the drag strip.
To make a long story short, any car that runs a 9.99s or faster run, or hits a trap speed of 135 miles per hour or higher needs to have a full roll cage. The Demon doesn’t have that roll cage, probably thanks to NHTSA, so it wouldn’t be legal to run.
According to our friends at Jalopnik, you can take your Demon to the drag strip and run it. They don’t ban an entire model of car outright. And, as long as you aren’t as good as the car is capable of being, you don’t need a full cage or the competition license.
Keep the car slower than 135 mph through the lights, and keep the overall time slower then 10 seconds dead and you’re good to go. Or, run once and get yourself kicked out so you forever can say you were kicked out for being too fast.
As you do.