We set a goal for the Silver Viper after last years Texas Invitational: Be the fist RWD car to reach 200MPH on a legitimate indexing pass and win the RWD Challenge. 196 MPH (Indexing) and 198 MPH (Competition) were the RWD records going into this event and we knew a few teams stepped it up big time, so we had to be focused and ready.
After the Georgia Wannagofast event in May where the Silver Viper set a RWD half mile record at 217MPH, we began looking over the cars weaknesses and working on solutions to fix them. Our plan was to test the changes at the September Wannagofast, make any tweaks needed and come out guns blazing for TI. Our plan went smoothly…For about 7 seconds…The new rear end sheared the pinion on the 1-2 shift of the first pass, ending our weekend abruptly with absolutely no data logs or useful info.
Fast forward to the week of the Texas Invitational, we strapped the Silver Viper to the dyno and made some wastegate pressure pulls to compare it with last years power curve. After three rips the Viper was dialed in. When we overlaid last years pull with this years, same dyno and same conditions, it turns out we had been leaving quite a bit of power on the table. Over a 600WHP difference in the mid range vs last year when we ran 196.7 MPH, but the real kicker was we did it with 6psi less boost!
Friday was test and tune/indexing and in-between the rain showers we finally got some decent logs. Our MPH numbers were 183, 191, 195 and 196 MPH all clean (starting at 60mph) indexing passes placing us in the 8th overall spot out of 82 cars (#36) and the #1 RWD qualifier. We looked over the logs on Saturday night and noticed we really weren’t putting traction control to work in first, second and part of 3rd gear so we threw more boost at it down low for an index pass the next day.
On Saturday we only had an hour to index so we got to the airport early to get the car ready. We joked with Chris about how we weren’t going to put cameras on the car because he goes faster with them off. Foot-in-mouth, not only did Chris go faster, but he eclipsed our goal of running 200mph by laying down a 204.17 MPH clean indexing pass! Crushing what had been done previously by any RWD car, setting a new event/track record, and moved us into the #5 spot!
Now this is where mother nature screwed with us. Because of the rain Friday the race schedule was shifted around. Originally the RWD Challenge was supposed to be run before King of the Streets but with the shuffle it was moved to the end of the day. After heavy debate we opted not to run King of the Streets because we didn’t want to risk something happening to the car before the RWD Challenge, what we came to win.
Moving into eliminations we were confident the car had the power and setup to win. Round 1 Chris faced a twin turbo Gen 3 Viper, no games played in the staging box and the two cars hammered down on the green light. The Silver Viper pulled strong and took the win running 191 MPH to the Gen 3’s 165 MPH. In round two Chris had a bye run and advanced to the semi finals against the Lethal Performance twin turbo C6 Corvette. Both cars entered the staging area even but the red corvette quickly jumped to a 1-2 car lead on green. Chris reeled him in and pulled ahead to take the win running 197 MPH to the Corvette’s 185 MPH advancing Chris to the finals.
The finals is where things got interesting. Not because of who we were running or how each car started, but how it looked from my view at starting line. We were going up against the sequentially shifted Calvo Motorsports Gen 5 Twin Turbo Viper that had been running solid 190+ MPH passes. The pacing and start of the race was text book, Looking at the on board footage both cars paced each other equally and both cars hit the gas at the exact same time.
Going back to my perspective – It was the first time I had ever seen the sides of the Silver Viper while standing directly behind it. Saying Chris used all of the runway in the finals would be an understatement! Nevertheless, he powered through and kept the hammer down taking the RWD win running 199 MPH to Calvo’s 192 MPH!
The Silver Viper has come a long way since the Spring 2015 Texas Invitational. In a year and a half we’ve transformed it from a mid-180 MPH car into a 200+ MPH record setter. It’s been an amazing journey and we would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has helped along the way:
- Joseph Dell
- Michael Snipes
- Jeremy M.
- Will H.
- TiAL Sport
- Neal Racing Transmissions
- Maloof Racing Engines
Plans for next year are already in place and we can’t wait to get back out and see what the Silver Viper can do!
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