Slideshow: World's Fastest Viper Runs 6.78 in the Quarter Mile
Drag racing and Dodge go together like burnouts and tire smoke. You can’t have one without the other. This car takes it to extreme…
Coiled up in the motor like two fangs, the twin turbo system outputs 32psi of venomous poison that destroys whoever is in the opposing lane. Short of a Top Fuel Dragster the chance you smoke this car at the end of the 1,320 is slim to none. This car moves.
Moving a car from 0-211mph in a distance that short requires two main ingredients: horsepower and grip. While grip can vary depending on track conditions the horsepower of this car beats down the quarter mile with ease. Approximately 3,000 ponies allow this thing to propel itself into the rarified air of world record territory.
When you think of a car that accelerates this quickly you imagine big wheelies, tons of drama and loads of wheel spin. However, none of that happened in the pass. Everything was completely controlled with the aid of a wheelie bar to keep the pesky front end down. The car tracked true and straight the entire pass proving that some of the best runs are the ones that look the most relaxed!
Building a car like this and completing the pass isn’t surprising if you know anything about Jeff Lutz. A regular builder of insanely fast cars this guy isn’t new to the game. Jeff has some incredible accomplishments, chief of which is a street-legal Camaro that runs 5.85 @ 250mph in the 1/4 mile. And it wasn’t just a fluke as the car produced 5 passes that day all within 0.3 of a second apart. Very consistent!
Real King of the Jungle
Guys like Lutz push the envelop to show others what is possible and how far we still have to go with the internal combustion engine. Big alcohol-fueled drag cars have a special appeal in the world of motorsport and this Dodge Viper is no exception. It has the race history, results and horsepower to remind anyone at a moments notice who the most dangerous snake in the jungle is. Hope you enjoyed!
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