We came across this video of a 2008 Dodge Viper ACR and a 2013 SRT Viper doing some roll racing. This is the first heads up racing we’ve seen between the two and it’s in interesting one for sure. On paper most would put the 2013 Viper well ahead with it’s extra 40HP and less aerodynamic drag compared to the Viper ACR. There are gearing differences as well, take a look at our gearing tables for the 2013 SRT Viper and 2008 Viper ACR to see how they line up.
In the real world it’s actually closer than most might think with the 2013 Viper edging out the 2008 Viper ACR.
We came across this video of a Ferrari F12 racing heads up against a Lamborghini Aventador at a private event at an airstirp. The Ferrari F12 with it’s front engine V12 pushing out 730HP via rear wheel drive was no match for the Aventador’s mid-engine V12 with 700HP and all wheel drive. Both cars were using launch control but the Aventador simply left the Ferrari for dead.
We have to say, the Aventador is the epitome of a true super exotic in terms of performance and looks while the Ferrari F12 is comparatively quite lame.
Ferrari F12 vs Lamborghini Aventador Drag Racing Video
Congrats to Fred from DodgeTalk.com running low 12′s in his 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT with a 5.7 Hemi and a 100 shot of nitrous. We’re sending him a brand new GoPro HERO3 along with the suction cup mount. Keep those links up as we’ll be giving another GoPro away on September 30th, 2013 and you can win more than once. If you haven’t entered yet, ENTER NOW.
AMS Performance out of Chicago set a world record for the quickest and fastest Nissan GT-R with their Alpha Omega shop car. With a specially built 4.0L motor, monster size turbos pushing 42 psi along with a host of other AMS parts, this monster GT-R with 1,800+ horsepower became the first GT-R to dip in the 7′s with a 7.984 @ 186.14 MPH.
Some other stats from the pass were 0-60 MPH in just 1.72 seconds and a 60-130 time if 2.67 seconds. Check out the timeslip, pictures and video below. If your ready to join this exclusive fraternity head on over to AMS Performance with your GT-R and a large checkbook to start the pledge process!
While we’ve done quite a few tests with the 2012 and 2013 Tesla Model S 85 Performance, we recently had some seat time in Tesla’s base model, the Model S 60 kWh. The base Model S with the 60 kWh battery is rated at 302 HP (225 kW) and 317 ft-lbs of torque. Tesla claims a 0-60 MPH time of 5.9 seconds and a 1/4 mile of 14.2 but as we’ve seen in the past with the high end Model S 85 performance, Tesla seems under rate their cars, so we decided to bring out the VBOX and test it out.
This Model S was equipped with the 19″ wheels, technology package, no panoramic roof and was painted in what we think is not the best color for the Model S, BROWN. We charged up the Model S 60 to it’s full capacity (208 EPA rated miles) and headed out for a few runs. The Model S 60 was amazing consistent running 3 consecutive 0-60 MPH runs in just 5.1 seconds with 0-100 MPH coming in at 12.8 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 13.7 @ 102.8 MPH. This is significantly quicker and faster than what Tesla quotes and actually beats Tesla’s numbers for the Tesla Model S 85 Non-Performance. View our world record run for the Model S Performance.
We noticed that the while on full throttle, the Tesla Model S 60 was showing a peak power of 240 kW on the digital dash display, this is a little higher than what Tesla lists on their website, 225 kW. So maybe they are sending out these base models with a bit more power. The Model S 85 is rated at 270 kW (362HP) and the 85 Performance at 310 kW (416 HP).
We put together two videos, one of just the Model S 60 and another that shows the Model S 60 vs the 85 Performance digital dashes side by side from 0-114 MPH. Both runs were done on the same road but at different times, enjoy!
We’ve had a few questions and interesting comments on our posts and videos about just how much all out racing could be done with a Tesla Model S along with how much that racing might cost. We did some testing with a 2013 Tesla Model S Performance and took some video of the runs to address these questions in the real world.
The Tesla Model S we tested was equipped with the 85 kWh battery and the Performance Package which makes it the most powerful and highest capacity car that Tesla currently offers. Power output for this Model S is 416 HP and 443 ft-lbs of torque and the car weighs in at 4,700 pounds.
The state of charge for the Tesla’s battery at the beginning of the test was about 82% full showing 253 miles of ideal range . We reset the trip computer and set regenerative braking to it’s max setting before the run so we could monitor the Tesla’s energy usage as well as the regenerative braking to determine an approximate net energy usage during the 1/4 mile run.
After coming to a complete stop and turning off traction control we launched the Model S and ran the 1/4 mile under full throttle. We held down the power just past the 1/4 mile hitting 114 MPH and then let off the accelerator allowing the regenerative braking to bring the car down to almost a complete stop without touching the actual brakes.
As you can see in the video below the Tesla’s total energy consumption was 1.1 kWh at 114 MPH and after the car slowed down using the regenerative braking .6 kWh was put back into the battery. This results in a net energy usage of .5 kWh for the 1/4 mile pass. Pretty amazing that the car can recover just over half of energy used and put it back into the battery using it’s regenerative braking.
Using the Tesla’s 85 kWh battery specification we divided 85 kWh by .5 kWh and came up with an estimated 170 all out races before needing to charge back up. Using our electricity rates here in South Florida @ ~12 cents per kWh from FPL, each race costs just 6 cents!
Here is some video of a Lamborghini Aventador running heads up against McLaren MP4-12C. The Aventador owner claims to have found a secret launch code to increase the Aventador’s launch RPM from 5,000 to 8,000. While this sounds like a recipe for a destroying a very expensive Lamborghini 7 speed ISR transmission, everything seems to hold up well with the Aventador coming off the line very hard. The McLaren MP4-12C was modified with cat delete exhaust system and ECU upgrade quoting 724 HP.
Looks like a very close race with the description in the video stating 6.9 for both in the 1/8 mile which is good for mid 10′s if they were running in the 1/4 mile.
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.