Twin-turbo Viper Punches Through Wall at TX2K2019
It is unclear what caused this Viper to crash to violently, but the driver is said to be unharmed.
Each year, TX2K is one of America’s leading drag racing events, with the country’s fastest street cars coming to Texas to duke it out, but this year’s competition ended early for the driver of one twin turbocharged Dodge Viper. During the first day of testing, the Mopar supercar shown here was taking on a Nissan GTR and when the Dodge got crossed up, it hit the wall so hard that it literally punched a hole through the concrete barrier.
As you can see in the video above, the Dodge in question was taking on a Nissan GT-R. We don’t know who was driving either car, nor do we have full modification lists, but we know from the internet chatter that the Viper has a twin turbo setup. We also know that the cars in this class are likely in the range of 1,200 horsepower.
The run appears to start smoothly, but right before the Mopar supercar reaches the 60-foot beams, we see the car jerk right, towards the cones in the middle of the track and the other car. The driver attempts to correct the car, but he ends up whipping the back end around, propelling the Viper into the outside wall at high speed. The black supercar hit the wall so hard that it breeched the concrete barrier, flinging the items behind the wall away from the track.
The car came to rest a few hundred feet down track with considerable damage to the front end, but all reports state that the driver walked away upset but unharmed.
There has been a great deal of discussion online as to what caused this Viper to angle in towards the middle of the track. Some people insist that it was a basic loss of traction while others state that there was a mechanical issue, which also prevented the driver from straightening the Dodge out once the back end came around the first time.
Based on comments online, it took the track crew at Houston Raceway about an hour to get the wall fixed back up and TX2K2019 got back underway.