Watch: This tuned Viper nearly flips in a straight line
Fast and Furious eat your heart out
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.