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.
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.