Birth of ARD
Soon after selling his successful business AAP Racing, Chris Anderson formed ARD (Anderson Racing Development) Motorsports in Flowery Branch, GA. Like AAP Racing, ARD would center around customer satisfaction, timeliness and quality work. The shop focused mainly on Mopar and Toyota Performance upgrades but serviced all makes and models as well as boats in the two lift facility.
One Year Later
In 2012 ARD continued to grow at a steady pace, Viper and Supra business was strong but requests for classic car restoration and custom body modifications were increasing. Wasting no time Chris doubled the shop size and dedicated the new area to classic vehicle restoration and bodywork.
A New Addition
To head up the new branch of ARD Motorsports Chris brought in Tim Brenneman, an extremely talented restoration, paint and bodywork craftsman. Tim’s familiarity with the new and old ways of restoration would set ARD apart from the rest in the restoration market.
Growth and Expansion
ARD saw incredible growth in 2013. The number of performance upgrades, custom paint, restorations and fabrication projects were higher than previous year combined!
A state of the art paint booth was installed allowing everything body shop related to be done in house, no outsourcing needed.
2013 Also saw the debut of the 1800+ HP ARD Viper, but more on that in the future.
Three years later
2014 Saw even more growth and additional lifts were installed to accommodate the workload. The shop also focused on racing – mainly half mile and runway events like wannagofast and the Texas Invitational. The silver ARD shop Viper found its way to Texas for the Fall 2014 Texas Invitational performing very well for its first time out running over 180MPH and placing 3rd in the RWD class.
- 3rd Place at the Fall 2014 Texas Invitational
- More Lifts added for increased business
- Classic car restorations in full swing
Now and Beyond.
In 2015 we hit the ground running. Finishing up three major restoration projects, and taking in five more. The silver ARD Viper finished runner up in the RWD class at the Spring Texas Invitational then was promptly torn down and the turbo system was completely revamped to support upwards of 3,200hp. The Viper made its debut with the new turbo kit at the Fall Texas Invitational and ran 11 MPH faster than its previous best at a lower boost level.
To further our presence in the Viper market ARD purchased a Gen 5 Viper TA to develop a twin turbo system and other performance parts. The twin turbo system was completed in August and put down a very healthy 1,103 HP to the rear wheels on pump fuel. Shortly after, the car was put back into development mode for new performance products to be released in 2016.
A Record Breaking Year!
2016 started off on a low note, the spring Texas Invitational was cancelled due to weather with a reschedule not possible until October. We tried to fill the void by taking the silver and orange Vipers to the drag strip but every trip we made resulted in a down pour, a sink hole opening up at the track or lightning hitting the tower – We were starting to think someone didn’t want us to run the 1/4 mile.
With an extreme case of racing fever, it was May and the Wannagofast even at Clayton was taking place. We had been tweaking the Silver Viper since the October and were ready to get on the track. Our hard work paid off, not only did we destroy the Viper half mile record but we set a new benchmark for all RWD cars – 217.39 MPH! Our Gen 5 twin turbo Viper didn’t fair too bad either setting a Gen 5 stock motor record: 185.6 MPH.
At the fall 2016 Texas Invitational the Silver Viper dominated the RWD challenge and set a new RWD record of 204.17 MPH (~1,500 foot race), becoming the first RWD car to break 200mph and eclipsing the previous RWD record of 198MPH. Bring on 2017!