Popular Science Awards 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with What’s New Award

October 25th, 2017 by

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is making headlines again and this time it’s for the 2017 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award for the SRT Power Chiller.

When the Challenger SRT Demon was unveiled earlier this year, it broke a lot of records, including several production-car technology firsts. The Challenger SRT Demon is the first production-car to hit 840-horsepower, it is the first-ever production car to be able to pull off a front-wheel lift at launch, and the SRT Power Chiller is also one of those firsts.

Once the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is put into the drag mode, the SRT Power Chiller is activated. FCA states that the supercharger air coolant passes through a low-temperature radiator at the front of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon then flows through the SRT Power Chiller Unit, where it is further cooled by the refrigerant. What’s cool about the Power Chiller (see what we did?!) is how it increases the power of the engine by pumping cool, dense air into the engine. Cool air is more dense and therefore has more oxygen molecules than warm air, which inevitably provides more power to the vehicle through a more efficient and more powerful combustion.  

The drag capabilities on this car are insane and nothing like it has been produced on an assembly line before. After a series of teaser videos and limited information, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon first made its debut in April of 2017 at the New York International Auto Show.  Inventory production of the Demon is limited to 3,300 vehicles in the United States and only 300 for Canada – which only adds appeal and curiosity of just how unique this car actually is.

“The Best of What’s New award honor the innovations that shape the future,” says Joe Brown, Editor in Chief, Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.”

The editors of Popular Science search and review thousands of new products on the hunt of the top 100 annual innovations. These include products and technologies making their debut while representing the exceptional progress in each of their categories. According to FCA the Best of What’s New winners are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December Issue of Popular Science, which is the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of best of What’s New in 1988.  

The Dodge brand has carried the influences and spirits of the Dodge brothers, John and Horace, for more than 100 years. With the Dodge Durango SRT and the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, these high performance models add to the brand lineup which includes: Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger, Challenger and also, the Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Charger SRT Hellcat. Interested in taking one for a spin? Come visit University Dodge located in Davie, FL or take a look at the available 2018 Dodge Inventory on our website.  

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