Viper Driver Hits the Brakes, Still Beats a C6 Z06: Track Time Tuesday
Battle between supercars built for the road course goes to the V10-powered Dodge Viper.
This week’s Track Time Tuesday video comes to us from the Wheels YouTube channel and it features a Gen V Dodge Viper taking on a C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at Mission Raceway Park in Canada. While both of these cars are built to rocket along a curvy road course, we can see that the handle themselves pretty well on the drag strip, but even with some glaring driver errors, the V10-powered Mopar monster runs significantly quicker elapsed times.
This quarter mile drag race pits a C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 against the latest iteration of the Dodge Viper. The Z06 is powered by an LS7 V8, sending 505 horsepower towards the rear wheels with help from a manual transmission. The Viper is, of course, powered by an 8.4-liter V10 that delivers 645 horsepower and like the Z06, the Dodge supercar is only offered with an automatic transmission.
While the Dodge has a significant power advantage, the Corvette is a couple hundred pounds lighter. Without the driver, the Z06 tips the scales right around 3,130 pounds while the Viper weighs close to 3,400 pounds. That gives the Viper a power-to-weight ratio of 5.3 pounds-per-horsepower while the Z06 sits at 6.2 pounds-per-horsepower.
In other words, the Viper has the clear advantage on paper, but with both cars being traction-limited and requiring skill to get through the gears, the driver plays a key role here. You might be wondering if a poorly-driven Dodge could be beaten by a C6 Z06 and the footage above answers that question emphatically.
The video begins with all of the makings of a Viper beat-down. The Corvette does a proper burnout while the Dodge struggles to get the tires hot. The driver of the Mopar supercar starts to back up like he might try another burnout, but he quickly reverses direction and heads to the starting line. However, when the green lights drop, the silver snake gets a solid launch, jumping out to a quick early advantage and pulling away when the driver appears to hit the brake pedal when shifting. Even with little mid-track hesitation, the Dodge still cruises to the win, running an 11.72 at 120 miles per hour while the Corvette runs a 12.06 at 123 miles per hour.
The second run begins in a similar fashion to the first, with the Chevy putting together a better burnout, but the actual start of the race goes a little differently. The Corvette appears to get a big starting line advantage, but as the two head down-track, we can see that the Z06 has a negative reaction time. That indicates a red light start and with that improper launch, the Corvette does get to the finish line first, but the Viper is once again much quicker even with another pump of the brakes around mid-track.
In the second race, the Dodge runs an 11.69 at 122.06 while the Corvette runs an 11.98 at 122.53, and if the Viper driver could avoid hitting the brake pedal on his early shifts, the car would likely get into the lower 11-second range.
In the meantime, crank up your speakers and enjoy.