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Is This 3,200 HP Dodge Viper GTS The Fastest In the World?

This 6-second Dodge Viper GTS generates over 3,000 Horsepower and is road-legal

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Until about a decade ago, when it came to high-horsepower builds, it was pretty much the Chevrolet LS engines, with the occasional 2JZ or RB26 builds making an appearance. Nowadays, people have started noticing the Viper V-10 as the next platform capable of massive horsepower figures. With this in mind, “That Racing Channel” is giving us an inspiring YouTube video that gives the story behind the “six-second kid” and his 1999 Dodge Viper GTS that makes 3,200 horsepower.

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A father and son’s love for speed culminates in a 6-second widowmaker
This Viper has been breaking records for nearly a decade, and now, it’s quicker than ever

Milan – the young driver, in charge of taming the vicious snake – continues in his father’s footsteps, after watching him blast down the half-mile and quarter-mile and well-over 200 mph (322 km/h). Milan is now 18 and he got to lay down a 6.95-second quarter-mile time at 202.67 mph (326.17 km/h), while his father managed to get the Viper up to 244 mph (392.68 km/h) on the half-mile.

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The 8.0-liter V-10 has been fully-built
It now displaces 542 cu.in. and has twin 88mm turbochargers. At 40 psi, it’s capable of 3,200 hp
Responsible for those numbers (other than Milan’s driving skills) is the 542-cubic inch (8.9-liter) V-10 that has been fully built, featuring custom camshafts, diamond pistons, Carillo connecting rods, Striker heads, and much more.

Most importantly, it has two 88mm Garett turbochargers, capable of over 40 psi of boost. The massive V-10 is mated to a two-speed PowerGlide transmission built by Bad Habit Racing.

Milan shares that on a 35-psi dyno run, the car put down just shy of 2,900 rear-wheel-horsepower. However, the car was sucking in the exhaust fumes (you can clearly see it in the video), which hindered engine performance. It could have easily been a 3,000-horsepower dyno run if it wasn’t for that.
Engine 8.9-liter V-10
Power 2,900 hp
Quarter mile time 6.95 seconds
Quarter mile speed 202.67 mph (326.17 km/h)

Driving with one hand, for safety reasons

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The Viper’s story continues
Despite its age, it’s one of the fastest, road-legal, 1/4 and 1/2-mile cars

Just like his father, Milan has adopted the habit of driving with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on standby for the parachute. In the video, he shares how his father hit the wall in 2013 and that being able to pull the parachute reduced the force of impact.

The car also has a 25.3-certified roll-cage, neatly integrated into the car’s tight interior, which, Milan says, is one of his favorite things about the Viper. A proof that safety should be a priority, especially when packing 3,000 rear-wheel-horsepower.

Throughout the year, the car has constantly been tweaked by Milan’s father, with help from Drummond Race Cars, in order to perform as best as possible. Because of this, the mighty Viper easily outruns much newer high-horsepower builds. Steve Drummond shares that this was one of the first high-horsepower Viper builds.

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When the black Viper went out to play, the engine’s tuning potential quickly became obvious. Right away, the car became the first IRS (independent rear suspension) vehicle to run mid-seven-second, quarter-mile passes and, eventually, it became the first six-second IRS car. It also does wheelies!

The black Viper is not just a machine for the father-son duo. It’s a family heirloom with a story to tell and, apparently, the story is just beginning. Milan says that work on the Viper will continue, so it can run even quicker. Take a look at the video, to find out more about this incredible machine and the story behind it.


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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