The Dodge Viper holds a very special place in the world of performance and sports vehicles and in the hearts of car enthusiasts. When the first generation of the model went into production in 1991, it caused a sensation in the market with its monstrous naturally aspirated V10 engine and impressive performance. The last model year of the Viper was 2017, although copies of the vehicle are still available from dealerships a few years later.
There’s no better way to celebrate the life of one of the greatest sports cars in history than a drag race between two Vipers. This is no ordinary race, however – or rather, the two competitors are far from standard factory Vipers. The video at the top of this page is from Hoonigan channel on Youtube and shows us two very capable machines going head-to-head.
The red machine is a 2001 Dodge Viper, which means it is the second generation of the model. It was a heavily updated version of the original Viper with the same 8.0-liter V10 engine under the hood. This particular example, however, lacks the V10 and instead has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the hood. The engine comes from a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye and has 850 horsepower (625 kilowatts) after minor modifications. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Opposite is a much newer 2016 Dodge Viper GTC. It has its original 8.4-liter V10 mill, which has been modified to deliver over 900 hp (662 kW). Again, power goes exclusively to the rear wheels via a six-speed, three-pedal transmission. The red car weighs 3,500 pounds (1,587 kilograms), while the white one tips the scales at 3,350 pounds (1,519 kg).
As you can easily tell by the numbers, these cars are very well prepared for drag racing. But which one is the fastest on the line? The video here features three laps of drag racing – see for yourself which took the overall victory.