The team at SRT sent us a 2013 SRT Viper in Bright White to test out at the StreetCarDrags event at Palm Beach International Raceway on April 7th, 2013. The all new SRT Viper is powered by an 8.4L V10 with 640 horsepower and 600 ft-lbs of torque with a 6 speed manual transmission.
Our test car came in with 2,500 miles on the clock and was equipped with a set of Mickey Thompson drag radials to help out with traction at the drag strip. However, the tires were taller than the stock SRT Viper sizes making the SRT Viper’s already long gearing, especially 1st gear even longer which plagued us with a bog after the initial launch that we just couldn’t get away from. We tested launching Viper manually as well as with the all new launch control system. Results between the two launching methods were similar although our best run of the day 11.1 @ 127.4 MPH was using the launch control system. VBOX data shows 0-60 MPH time of 3.1 seconds, 0-100 MPH in 7.1 seconds with a 60-130 MPH time of 8.08 seconds.
To launch the new SRT Viper using launch control we staged the car with the traction control system off and pressed the launch button on the steering wheel. A message in the digital gauge cluster indicates to launch when ready. With the clutch pedal depressed and the car in 1st gear we then applied 100% throttle. The Viper would then rev and hold at 5,5k RPM at which time we released the clutch at a moderate tempo. Having done a burnout beforehand the tires were sticky and the car would come off nicely with no wheel spin. However as you can see in the videos, the long 1st gear would give us a decent bog near the end of the 60′ mark which would really slow us down thereby keeping us just out of the 10′s.
Weather was also not optimal being hot and humid with a Density Altitude (DA) over 1,200 feet. With the right weather and a shorter drag radial or even stock tires (Pilot Cup Sports or similar), we’re confident the new SRT Viper will be into the 10′s.
We didn’t get a chance to get the car on the Dyno, but Edmunds had a pre-production car on the their dyno where it put down 558 HP and 528 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels. Using a 14% driveline loss that puts the SRT Viper at around 648 HP.
Take a look at the pictures, videos, timesilps and vbox data below:
We had some time this weekend at the StreetCarDrags event at Palm Beach International Raceway to line up a couple of the most competitive super cars out today, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Ferrari 458 Italia from ADV.1. The McLaren MP4-12C comes into the ring weighing in at 3,118 pounds with a 3.8L Twin Turbo V8 pushing out 616 horsepower through a 7 speed dual clutch seamless shift gearbox while the Ferrari is a little heavier at 3,200 pounds and a naturally aspirated 4.5L V8 pushing out 562 horsepower through a 7 speed dual clutch transmission.
Both the McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 were using their launch control systems which come off the line at 3,000 RPM, but extra low-end torque from the McLaren’s turbocharged engine proves to be an advantage allowing the MP4-12C to bolt off the line and use it’s extra power and less weight to keep on pulling away. The McLaren MP4-12C was running 10.5-10.6 @ 133-134 MPH for these races and Ferrari 458 was running 11.2 – 11.3 @ 124-126 MPH.
We passed by The Collection in Coral Gables to take a look their stripped down McLaren MP4-12C they had on display. Seeing the bare car really makes you appreciate the amazing engineering that went into this super car. The Carbon MonoCell shown weights only 175 pounds and the rest appears to be lightweight aluminum. We took some close up pictures of the powertrain including the turbochargers, wastegates, catalytic converters, half shafts and transmission. Take a look and enjoy. If your looking for some videos of the MP4-12C racing and demonstration some other features, take a look at our McLaren Videos.
As we were leaving we saw a very rare McLaren MP4-12C HS (High Sport) pull up for it’s latest round of updates from McLaren. The HS comes with a host if visual changes along with a non-disclosed horsepower increase rumored to bump the power to 700HP. The MP4-12C HS has a large price increase of the base, coming in at $400k+. Take a look at the pictures below:
The all new SRT Vipers started leaving the factory last week after a slight delay and are now arriving at dealers nationwide. We found some pictures of this brand new SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition being offloaded at Woodhouse Dodge. The SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition is painted in the iconic Viper GTS Blue with White stripes, packs a v10 with 640HP and has a MSRP in the $143k range. Word has it this car is available for immediate purchase as the original buyer backed out!
We’ll be testing a new SRT Viper this weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway so checking back here for some real world drag strip numbers from the new SRT Viper!
We GoPro’d up a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C and a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Palm Beach International Raceway and let em rip down the 1/4 mile. While the stats are close on the cars the race wasn’t. The McLaren MP4-12C weighed in at 3,118 pounds with 616 HP putting the power to weight ratio at 5.06 lbs/hp. The Corvette ZR1 weighed in at 3,200 pounds with 638 HP putting it’s power to weight ratio at 5.01 lbs/hp.
However, the mid-engine configuration, launch control and 7 speed dual clutch SSG (seamless shift gearbox) in the McLaren was a huge advantage over the ZR1′s front engine, 6 speed manual transmission with launch control. We would also like to note that we put a new driver in the McLaren who had never launched or been down the drag strip in the MP4-12C and only had a few minutes in total of driving the car. Both cars had trouble off the line with some decent wheel spin as the run was towards the end of the night and the track prep had deteriorated.
We were at Palm Beach International Raceway and came across this 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo S built by Champion Motorsport in Pompano Beach, FL. With a host of bolt on modifications, a set of Mickey Thompson Drag Radials and AWD PDK launch control, this Turbo S set new record for a stock turbo Porsche running 9.8 @ 135 MPH. VBOX data shows this Porsche running 0-60 MPH in just 2.4 seconds, 0-100 MPH in 5.4 seconds and a 60-130 MPH time of 6.4 seconds.
Modifications include a GIAC Tune, Champion Motorsport intercoolers, Werks air box, Werks Y-Pipe with no cats along with a Tubi Race Exhaust. Power to the wheels was just of 600 AWHP with even higher levels of torque. Estimated cost to replicate these performance numbers is just over $10k, plus your 911 Turbo S.
Take a look at the pictures, VBOX data, timeslips and video below.