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.
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.
|Quarter mile time||6.95 seconds|
|Quarter mile speed||202.67 mph (326.17 km/h)|
Driving with one hand, for safety reasons
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.
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.
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