The air conditioning system will chill more than just the driver.
It’s week 12 of Dodge’s enduring SRT Demon teaser campaign. So far we’ve seen it do burnouts, lose weight, launch hard, and sound weird, among other things. 757 horsepower was strongly hinted at in a video about the Demon’s on-board tech systems a few weeks ago, but there’s still plenty of room to speculate on a higher number.
Today, Dodge wants you to know that the Demon will be the first production car to feature a liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system. It’s certainly a mouthful to say, but in reality the liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system – henceforth known as the cool thing – is actually quite simple. In Drag Mode, the Demon’s air conditioning system is diverted to cool the engine’s charge air cooling system.
In other words, cold air created by the engine is used to cool the cooling system that cools air entering the engine. That will make more sense the second time you read it.
It may sound a bit wonky, but drag racers will likely love this feature. That’s because heat is the enemy of performance, which is why you’ll see bags of ice packed around engines and intakes on any given test-and-tune night at the strip. Cool air is denser, which means more air can be shoved into the engine and mixed with fuel to make more horsepower. And since compressing air with a supercharger generates even more heat, keeping things cool can have an even bigger impact for forced-induction applications.
Dodge says their cool thing can drop air intake temperatures by up to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, which should be enough to deliver a noticeable horsepower bump. On the flip side, accessory systems like air conditioning often draw horsepower from the engine. And many drag strips frown upon using air conditioning on the track because of the condensation they create. The last thing you want on the track is a small puddle of water.
The Challenger SRT Demon will be officially unveiled April 11 at the New York Auto Show. Until then, keep an eye to Motor1.com for the final teaser coming next week.
Gallery: 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon
Dodge Resurrects the Demon: Teaser Video No.12– ‘No Ice’
- “No Ice,” the 12th video in the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon pre-reveal teaser campaign, launches today
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March 30, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has distinct cooling advantages – enough to make the engine perform like it is running in the cold Alaskan air, even after a day of runs down the strip on a hot summer day.
The newest teaser video, “No Ice,” unlocked March 30 at www.ifyouknowyouknow.com, reveals the Challenger SRT Demon’s super cooled air induction system.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the first-ever, factory production car with a liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system. This exclusive performance feature enables the Challenger SRT Demon to achieve charge air induction temperatures previously unattainable by pressure-charged street-legal production vehicles.
Conventional cooling methods consist of simply using air or coolant to reduce the air induction temperature as it is passed through the charge air cooler. When in Drag Mode, the Challenger SRT Demon interior air conditioning system is diverted to chill the engine’s charge air cooling system.
- Up to 45 degree Fahrenheit reduction in intake air temperature
Fans should visit www.ifyouknowyouknow.com to watch “No Ice” and the other 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon videos. Remember, nothing is a coincidence and everything means something.