Watch: This tuned Viper nearly flips in a straight line

Fast and Furious eat your heart out

1y ago

Have you ever experienced a car so powerful that under acceleration you’re not sure if it’s a car or a plane? Neither have I, but there’s someone who had quite the scare in a highly modified Dodge Viper and uploaded the footage to YouTube for us all to enjoy.

The car is the latest generation of Dodge Viper that has been modified to do the quarter-mile sprint in the shortest time possible thanks to a Twin Turbo engine putting out over 1000hp. The video starts with the driver revving the nuts out of the V10 engine. At this point, the car looks almost normal with just a massive rear wing to show us it’s not entirely stock.

The tranquillity soon changes though as the Viper pulls away from the start line. Once the car starts moving, the front wheels suddenly lift off the ground and unfortunately, aerodynamics mean that the faster the car goes, the more it’ll lift up. Before long, the front end is so far off the ground that the car might as well be a Boeing preparing for take-off.

It may seem weird for a front-engine car to experience such an extreme lift off of the ground. However, it’s all because of the aerodynamic instability. Earlier on, I pointed out the huge rear wing sat above the rear wheels acting as a weight pushing the power into the ground. However, without anything doing the same thing to the front end, all it does is flip the car upside down like a seesaw.

It gets worse though: the faster the car goes, the more air rushes under the front end of the car maintaining, and even increasing the lift. This is the reason NHRA’s Funny Cars class uses stabilizers at the rear end.

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Comments (25)

  • Ton of HP, wing over the back, no front downforce, no wheelie bars.

    That could have been Real nasty.

      1 year ago
  • ‘Murica

      1 year ago
  • That's insane considering that HUGE V10 engine in the front of the Viper. Guess wheelie bars are gonna get ordered for the next track day

      1 year ago
  • It’s not aerodynamical lift. It’s suspension setup that does this. Although that wing helps, it’s called suspension squat and dive.

      1 year ago
    • OK. Thanks for the insight. I'm no engineer so just assumed that was the problem as I understand basic aero. Didn't know suspension would do that.

        1 year ago
  • It seems to me that for obvious reasons you would want zero rear wing. At launch when you need the most downforce on the tires there would be zero effect from a wing because of zero speed... at speed the wing just creates drag and defeats it’s own purpose in a drag race scenario...duh. All drag racing is especially enjoyed by motor enthusiasts of the shall we say less complex mental capacities.

      1 year ago
    • ok...i am thinking you have missed something. an aerofoil (wing) will create downforce to be sure(that's it's job after all ;-) but where acceleration is want to break the vacuum created at the rear of the vehicle as speed...

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        1 year ago