A lot of things might come to mind when you think of a Toyota Prius, but exceptional racing capabilities probably isn't among them. Now, when you stuff a Prius with a 800-horsepower supercharged Dodge SRT Hellcat engine, you're dealing with a completely different animal entirely. Not only can that thing race, but it can race with the best of them.
So, when a souped-up Prius took on an 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at Dodge's Roadkill Nights in Pontiac, Michigan, it absolutely blew its competition out of the water.
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To be fair, if the Demon weren't the stock version, it definitely would have stood a much better chance against the Prius. Just take a look at the specs of both cars, and you'll see that the Prius had some serious odds in its favor. Basically, it wasn't even a Prius anymore.
Built by American Racing Headers (ARH), the PriuSRT8 keeps the Prius's basic shell intact but replaces everything else with hardware that can support a 707-hp-plus V-8 engine. In went a custom ladder frame, a four-link rear suspension, a nine-inch rear axle, a carbon-fiber driveshaft, a six-speed Tremec manual transmission, and a full roll cage.
Standard Demons come with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that cranks out 808 hp, but owners can increase that to 840 hp with the Demon Crate package. So equipped, Dodge claims that the Demon will demolish the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. Weight-saving measures have been taken wherever possible, and even passenger seats are optional. The Demon is a rare piece: the U.S. will only get 3000 units.
Lopsided odds or not, nothing beats a high-octane drag race, and this one absolutely delivered.
This post was originally published on August 14, 2018.
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