AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Leah Pritchett will be driving a Mopar HEMI-powered Demon this weekend in the NHRA New England Nationals, but it won’t be one of the coveted 840-horsepower, 21st-century muscle cars that are the fastest-ever production vehicles in a quarter-mile.
For the next two weeks, she’ll be in an 11,000-horsepower “Demon” when she joins with Pennzoil to salute the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which will be available to the public later this year.
Pritchett’s dragster will carry a special Demon paint scheme in both the NHRA New England Nationals, June 2-4, as well as at Englishtown, N.J. for the Summernationals. Her firesuit and crew shirts will also sport Demon branding.
The limited-production 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the first-ever production car to do a front-wheel lift, as certified by Guinness World Records, and it’s the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour, certified by NHRA.
The Demon also registers the highest g-force (1.8 g) ever recorded at launch in a production car.
Pritchett has already has been a demon to competitors in Top Fuel this year. Through eight races in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, she has recorded three national event wins, set the world elapsed time record, won two poles and sits atop the Mello Yello standings.
“We get to represent the quickest, non-modified production car with the Demon, and we get to do it on the track in the quickest, modified, non-production car on the planet,” Pritchett said of her Top Fuel dragster. “Both are No. 1 in their own right. For our team to be able to represent the Demon lets us pay homage to what Mopar, Dodge and Pennzoil stand for: power, legacy and the future.”
The 29-year-old Southern California native also has a special affinity for the Demon, as Pritchett was involved in testing the Demon and added her 330-mph touch to its development before it was introduced in April at the New York International Auto Show.
“My role in development of the Demon started at the Englishtown track last year,” Pritchett added, “It will be very cool to see it come full circle when I drive my 330-mph Demon Top Fueler this weekend at Epping and then take it to Englishtown.”
“The gold is in the heart of our entire team, but this new dragster will bring out our inner demon.”
CREDIT: Mopar Motorsports