ARD Viper: May 14th, 2016 Clayton, GA.
We love the Georgia Wannagofast events held at Heavens Landing, not only because it’s right in our back yard but the scenery, crisp air and venue itself make for an amazing weekend of racing. The runway is unique in the sense that it’s carved into the side of a mountain which means trees, boulders, drop offs and small ponds are all in close proximity – None of that typical airport wide open space, and it’s nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. Beautiful, but not ideal conditions for one of the most powerful Vipers on the planet!
The Silver Viper made three half-mile passes Saturday, the first shake down pass (not in the video below) was for lack of a better word, ugly. Chris really didn’t lean into the throttle until the 1/4 marker and did quite a bit of pedaling to keep the car straight. When Chris crossed the half mile marker he didn’t bother to pull the chute because he thought the pass felt ‘slow’ not realizing he ran 203 mph!
We reviewed the logs from the first pass and saw just how ugly it was from the eyes of the AEM Infinity. Confident we could leave all settings the same and run faster we headed out for another run. Chris put good heat in the tires with a crowd pleasing burnout then took off with an easy roll out, pegging the throttle around 200 feet. To the crowd, the pass looked pretty uneventful, but the camera recording the rear tires told a much different story. The Viper was laying down solid black tire marks for a good 500+ feet before it settled and took off like a rocket around the 1/4 mile marker, crossing the beams at 206 MPH…With a catch, the Viper was on the rev limiter well before it reached the half mile!
With the rev limiter increased to where the V10 should be generating its own gravitational force, we lined back up for a third run. Chris took off slightly more aggressive than the previous runs but still kept the throttle light off the line. With little drama the car squatted and shot straight as an arrow, again running out of gear before the finish line. When the board lit up the crowd went crazy, 217.39 MPH! Setting a new Viper half mile record, overall RWD half mile record, running the fastest MPH of any car at the event on Saturday and claiming the $2,500 fastest domestic bounty.
It was a heck of a weekend for ARD and we hope to repeat it again in September when Wannagofast returns to Clayton, GA….With more gear of course.
Awards from Georgia Wannagofast May 2016:
- FASTEST OVERALL VEHICLE SATURDAY
- FASTEST OVERALL DOMESTIC SATURDAY
- FASTEST OVERALL DOMESTIC SUNDAY
- FASTEST OVERALL RWD SATURDAY
- FASTEST OVERALL RWD SUNDAY
ARD Would Like to Thank:
Without you, none of this would have been possible!
Photo Credit: ARD Motorsports and Andy Perry of Motovicity