Dodge Vipers Slug it Out in Savage Generational Duel: Track Time Tuesday

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Not surprisingly, the newer, more powerful Viper wins the race, but both cars struggle with traction.

This week’s Track Time Tuesday video comes to us from the Wheels YouTube channel and it features two different generations of the Dodge Viper duking it out on the quarter mile of Mission Raceway Park in British Columbia. We don’t have any details on either of these cars beyond what we know about the Viper in general, but based on the elapsed times and trap speeds, we would guess that this video portrays a matchup of stock Mopar supercars squaring off.

The Combatants

The video above features two Dodge Vipers; one in white with black stripes and a second in black with silver stripes. The white supercar is from the fifth generation, so we know that it is powered by an 8.4-liter V10 that provides 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque at the flywheel, with a 6-speed manual transmission sending the power to the rear wheels.

Dodge Viper Front

The black Viper is either from the third or fourth generation, and while we don’t know the model year for sure, we know that the generation makes a big difference. The Gen III cars came with an 8.3-liter V10 with 510 horsepower and 535 lb-ft of torque while the Gen IV cars came with an 8.4-liter V10 with 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. The trap speed suggests that this is the stronger of the two, but we don’t know for sure.

Dodge Viper Wheel

The Battle

After a quick look at each of these Dodge supercars in the garage area, the two Vipers line up at the starting line. When the green lights drop, but cars come roaring out of the hole with the tires spinning as the drivers bang through the gears.

Dodge Viper Staging

The older car gets a small lead on the launch, but the Gen V car quickly catches and passes. On the big end, the black supercar stays close, but the white car takes the win, running a 12.17 at 119 miles per hour to a losing 12.77 at 116.05.

Dodge Viper Winning

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“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

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“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

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