The IndieGoGo user Jan Tobias Lombard is promoting a campaign across social media to gather $1,072,500 for buying a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and drag racing anyone that contributes at least $325 to the fund. While there’s something bizarrely admirable about the brazen honesty of wanting the Internet buy him one of the hottest vehicles that’s soon hitting the road, so far the experiment is a complete flop.
Lombard positions his campaign as giving muscle car fans a chance to experience the Challenger SRT Demon. If the IndieGoGo campaign were a success, he pledges to buy the muscle car and to rent drag strips around the country for staging races with his backers.
People who can’t contribute $325, can pay less and receive items like a keychain, hat, tumbler, t-shirts, and hoodie. The folks who do give the full amount get their name on Lombard’s Challenger SRT Demon. They also earn a numbered case containing USB drive with a video of their quarter-mile run against the muscle car. A certificate thanks the backer for his or her support, too.
Lombard promises that complete funding of the project would guarantee races against a Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode, McLaren 675LT, Lamborghini Aventador. At 120 percent backing, he would add a Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari LaFerrari. A Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 would make the list at 140 percent funding. Finally, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exorcist from Hennessey would complete the lineup at 150 percent backing. Lombard’s IndieGoGo campaign doesn’t explain how he would get access to any of these vehicles.
Despite publicizing this undertaking with pages on IndieGoGo, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, the Internet hasn’t come out in support of Lombard’s dream. As of this writing, the campaign has earned just $1 with 25 days to go. The sole backer actually wrote on Reddit about the contribution, “I figured it'd be funny to donate but not more than a buck's worth of funny.”
In case you want to contribute as a joke, too, understand that Lombard has the campaign set with a flexible goal. This means that even if the undertaking doesn’t meet the over-$1-million goal, the creator still gets to keep all the money.