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    The people at Motor Trend recently conducted a head to head
    comparison between the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2013 SRT Viper GTS
    and while the two cars were nearly identical in every imaginable performance
    measure – the ZR1 was able to turn a significantly faster lap around Laguna
    Seca Raceway.  While things like 0-60,
    quarter mile times, lateral Gs on the skidpad and stopping distance were all
    within a digit or two of each other, the ZR1 was just over 2 seconds faster
    around the track where the 2012 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR set the track record a
    few years ago.  The 2013 ZR1 lap time of
    1:33.70 not only beat the 2013 SRT Viper GTS but it also beat the old ACR’s
    record lap time of 1:33.99.

    Shortly after the news of the 2013 SRT Viper GTS being
    beaten by the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hit the social media, SRT boss Ralph
    Gilles took to the Twitter – posting his very-honest opinion on the whole
    situation.  Two particular Tweets
    inspired a thumbs up from Mopar fans around the world as Gilles proclaimed that
    “There is a lot more left in the car, Randy has always struggled with the
    Viper,” followed later by “We’ve tested both cars at several tracks and
    never seen a gap like that. Many drivers needlessly fear the Viper.”

    For those unsure, the “Randy” that Ralph is referring to is
    Randy Pobst – the driver chosen by Motor Trend to conduct the driving duties of
    these two supercars around Laguna Seca Raceway. 
    Pobst is a long time SCCA road racer with a collection of wins and
    championships over his long career. 
    Randy has spent the past few years behind the wheel of the KPax Racing
    Volvo S60 so while he is unquestionably a successful racer, there is a big
    difference between driving a fully race prepped Volvo sedan and a pair of stock

    During the banter on Twitter in reply to Gilles’ comments, a
    member of the Motor Trend team brought up the fact that Pobst ran lap times
    about two seconds slower at Laguna Seca than the 2010 Viper ACR’s record time.  Considering how quickly Gilles commented on
    this whole situation, I fully expect to see the SRT team take to the famous
    California road course to reclaim the Viper’s lap time title.  Chris Winkler set the previous record so SRT
    could call on him to attempt to take back his own record or they could call on
    the likes of Dominic Farnbacher – driver of the #91 Forza Motorsport Viper
    GTS-R and the man who helped the 2010 Viper ACR set the Nürburgring track

    Motor Trend also offered to go back to the track with the
    two cars so it is clear that this story is far from over.  MT could take the two modern American
    supercars to Laguna Seca with a different driver or Chrysler may conduct their
    own attempt at reclaiming the record lap time with one of their team drivers.