Released in 2018, Dodge’s venerable SRT Demon has since held the distinguished honor of being the world’s quickest production vehicle, clocking in at 9.65-seconds to the 1/4-mile in stock form, thanks to its 808 horsepower supercharged Hemi engine. While the Demon is optimized nose to tail for drag racing performance, its 4,255-pound curb weight has left the door open to other competitors — namely those supercar builder with the means (and the wealthy customer base) to utilize lightweight components paired with a powerful engine to produce a better power-to-weight ratio.
And British supercar manufacturer McLaren has seemingly walked right in that door.
McLaren’s 2021 model-year 765LT is a mid-engined wonder, powered by a DOHC, 32-valve, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that belts out 755 horsepower and 590 ft-lb of torque in a flurry of screaming tones unlike anything built in this country. With liberal use of carbon-fiber in its construction, the 765LT also tips the scales at just 2,709-pounds dry, or a 2,952-pound curb weight. Its top speed is 205 mph, but more impressively, it goes 0-60 in 2.7-seconds and 0-124 mph in 7-seconds flat. How does that parlay into 1/4-mile performance? The answer is really, really well.
Florida native Brooks Weisblat, the founder of Drag Times and a noted car collector with a flock of foreign and domestic supercars stacked on top of one another in his garage, recently acquired a brand new 2021 765LT and put it to the test at the nearby Palm Beach International Raceway. On its very first run, on the OEM Pirelli tires, Weisblat clocked a 9.475 at 149.61 mph, supplanting the Demon as the world’s quickest full production, bone-stock road car. But he wasn’t done there. That run was followed up with a quicker 9.41 before swapping over to Toyo R888R rears — with those, Weisblat went 9.469 and 9.400. He then put 100-octane Sunoco fuel in the tank and proceeded to make back-to-back runs of 9.347 at 150.33 mph (1.492 60-foot and 6.084 to the 1/8-mile) and then a new best of 9.338 at 150.87 (1.491 and 6.081).
That record-breaking performance comes at a cost, though — the 765LT stickers for the princely sum of $358,000. For that, one could easily build a 7-second daily and have a couple hundred thousand leftover, or even assemble a Top Fuel dragster and go 300 mph a time or two. Or, to be more direct, you could buy up a Demon at its sticker price of $85,000, put it on a diet, beef the engine up top to bottom, and run right out of any supercars’ life for less than half the money. But hey, supercars are rad, so to each their own.