Covering a quarter of a mile in under 10 seconds with a naturally aspirated engine is difficult, even if said engine is already a whopping 8.4-liter V-10. To do that, car owners usually have to take the aftermarket route and find a tuner that can slap a turbocharger or a supercharger into the mix to give that extra jolt of power.
But, the owner of this Dodge Viper had different ideas. Instead of taking that forced induction route, he opted to simply do some upgrades on some of the V-10’s parts, including the heads and camshafts. With these changes, he believed that he could break the sub-10-second mark in a quarter mile. As it turns out, he was right.
During a recent drag meet, the driver managed to set a new world record for an all-engine, fifth-generation Viper when he clocked in a quarter-mile time of 9.953 seconds at a speed of 140.69 mph. The record didn’t come easy, though, as he only set it on what appears to be his third attempt after posting times of 10.082 and 10.096 seconds in his first and second attempts, respectively.
But yeah, third time’s the charm for this Viper owner, who can now proudly claim to owning a world record. It’s unclear what kind of other modifications were done on the Viper to run that fast, although I suspect that an ECU tune was done to complement the larger heads and camshafts that were installed into the engine. Whatever the case may be, that quarter-mile time is very impressive and is right in the vicinity of what the three hybrid hypercars – the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder – are all capable of.