DRIVING INTO 2017:
After a very successful 2016 racing season we were eager to get the Viper back out and make 2017 just as memorable. WannaGoFast hosts our first event of the year just over an hour from the shop at Heaven’s Landing in Clayton, GA. This event marked the one year anniversary of the Silver Viper smashing the old RWD half mile record by almost 13mph and setting a new benchmark for RWD cars. We didn’t just bring a couple cars out to play this year either, we brought an army of ARD modified customer cars ready to do battle.
Now, just because you plan and prepare doesn’t mean you’re not going to be thrown a curve ball, it wouldn’t be racing if something catastrophic didn’t happen hours before the event and this year was no different. Friday night – Less than 12 hours before the event started it was unclear if the Silver Viper would even make it to the air strip. By early Saturday morning it was clear that we would miss the first day of racing, but we pushed hard and by mid-day Saturday the Silver Viper was ready to hit the runway!
Wasting no time Sunday we teched the Viper and got in line to make a pass. Our first shake down was interesting, the Viper refused to do a burnout and then shut off right after the launch. After some cranking and harsh language directed at the car Chris got the engine to fire and matted the gas, covering a little more than a 1/4 mile the Viper still ran 190MPH. After pulling into the pits and some quick diagnostics we found a ground had come loose, so we tightened it back up and lined up for another pass.
We had been keeping an eye on the DA because the temp was unusually warm for the May event. Heavens Landing is around 2,900 ft above sea level but with the air conditions that day the density altitude was creeping up to 4,000 feet! Not conditions where records are set.
Getting back to racing, we lined the Silver Viper up for another shake down run, and without much effort Chris crossed the line at 207.75 MPH, putting the Viper in the #1 spot for the day thus far. We turned it up a little more and made a third pass later in the afternoon at 212.06 MPH.
Things were getting interesting, the top three cars (all RWD by the way) were within 3MPH. The Vengeance Racing C6 Corvette was sitting in third at 210.67 MPH, LSXperts in second at 211.06 MPH and the ARD Viper in the number one spot at 212.06 MPH. It turns out all three of us had the same idea, make one last pass at the end of the day when the temperature had hopefully cooled off, but by 5:45pm the weather hadn’t changed at all.
All three cars lined up for their final passes, Vengeance went first, running 210.47 MPH. Then LSXperts shot down the runway improving their previous best with a 213.47 MPH run moving them into the number one spot. Not to be outdone, Chris launched the Viper aggressively and let traction control do its thing. The Silver Viper shot down the runway straight as an arrow posting up a MPH that not only secured the fastest pass of the day, but the entire weekend and a new personal best of 222.11 MPH!
The May 2017 Wannagofast was also the first time ARD prepped and supported a number of customer cars. Some were new to half mile racing and some were veterans. We’d like to take a moment and congratulate all of them individually for their successful weekend! Every customer ran a new personal best.
Sumit G. – Sumit had one of the best burnouts we’ve ever seen, giving Chris a run for his money! Not only did Sumit drive his Hellcat Challenger to and from the track but he put down a solid 165mph pass making him the fastest Hellcat of the event!
Justin H. – Justin picked his Hellcat Charger up from ARD the week of the event. With very little seat time and an additional 110whp on tap Justin was running consistently in the mid-150’s on 93 octane all day.
Heath J. – Heath took delivery of his Roe Racing supercharged Gen 2 Viper Friday night at 11PM, drove it a bit around town Saturday then ran it all day Sunday. With straight 93 octane and a bit of Methanol to cool the intake charge Heath was running in the high 150’s consistently.
Brian M. – With a small shot of nitrous this Hellcat was running mid 150’s on 93 octane. After the event, the car came back to ARD and got a handful of new go fast goodies. Can’t wait to see what he runs in the fall!
Juan U. – His supra didn’t have a motor in it as of Friday night, but Saturday morning it was on the dyno getting dialed in. Juan was consistent in the 170’s but fighting traction issues the whole time. When he gets it to hook up it should be knocking on 200mph’s door!
We would like to thank everyone who worked though the night and made this weekend possible, without you we would not have made it to the event:
Travis, Brian, Alex, Andrew, AJ, Juan, Danny, Willy, Walter, LG, Jeremy and Nef.
Last but not least, everyone who helped get the Silver Viper to where it is today, without your support it wouldn’t be the beast it is: