The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has been billed by General Motors (and some writers) as the best thing since the wheel, but the second video showing “the most track capable Corvette ever” getting beaten by a Dodge Viper TA has surfaced online. It should be noted that in the most recent video, the Corvette runs a better quarter mile time and speed, but the big, bad Mopar supercar still takes the win.
The first published video that showed the current DodgeViper TA racing against the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 included a series of high speed “roll races” and, in every case, the Viper soundly pummeled the new super-Vette. The GM camp was quick to make excuses about why the Viper made such short work of the new Z06, with the best excuse coming from the automaker itself. It turns out that GM actually programmed the engine computer of the Z06 to pull timing and power when the engine gets hot, so while the Corvette Z06 is expected to pump out 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, it was likely making far less than that in the high-speed race against the Viper.
In case you missed that first video, here it is:
As you can see, there is no question that the Viper TA has a sizable advantage over this Corvette Z06, even if that advantage does come from engine computer de-tuning the LT4 when it gets warm. However, this is a street race, and there are too many variables to take this video too seriously.
More recently, another video showing the Viper TA racing against the Corvette Z06 surfaced; this time, the two giants are going head to head on a quarter mile drag strip. These are not the same two cars, for the record, but the outcome is somewhat similar.
The Viper TA driver pulls a slightly better reaction time and because of that, the Mopar supercar hops out to an early lead. The Corvette puts down an impressive run – actually running a quicker time and speed – but the Viper still gets the win light on the big board. Due to the quicker elapsed time of the Corvette, we are sure to hear more excuses from the Corvette crowd, but in the war between the Vette and the Viper in the real world, the score is Viper 2, Z06 0.
Image Captured from the Viper/Z06 drag strip video embedded above.
These stand in contrast to a video elsewhere which shows a $105,000 Tesla owner jumping the red light at the track to beat a Hellcat owner who was unused to the car, and struggled for traction through the run.
The 2015 DodgeChallenger SRT Hellcat was modified only by using racing fuel and drag radials. The people involved have denied Internet speculation that nitrous oxide was used. The reaction time was 0.326 seconds and the 60-foot time was 1.59 seconds; this particular car was an eight speed automatic.
When the new Dodge Charger Fuel Funny Cars hit the track at the 2015 NHRA Winternationals, they’ll be facing some familiar competitors with some new rides.
John Force Racing (JFR), which had been driving Fords for 17 years, has switched to Chevrolet Camaros as part of a multi-year deal with General Motors. Castrol, JFR’s other primary sponsor, also ended its support, and Force inked a multi-year deal with Peak for the 2015 season..
“I won my first round of racing, went to my first final and got my first No. 1 in a Chevy [Corvette],” the veteran driver said. “Since then I have won more rounds, races, championships than anyone in the sport. I have the record for most No. 1 qualifiers too and I can’t wait to get to the Winternationals and start adding to those records in a brand new Chevy.”
Meanwhile, the four-Charger Don Schumacher Racing team is at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida, for this weekend’s Pro Winter Warm-Up. 2014 World Champion Matt Hagan will be at the wheel of the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T.
On December 8, Hagan, the first to break the three-second barrier, recorded the quickest Funny Car run ever with a time of 3.954 seconds at 323.97 mph in the new Dodge.
Ron Capps and the NAPA Auto Parts 2015 Dodge Charger R/T will be on hand. This will be Capps’ 11th season with DSR and his eighth with NAPA.
Terry Chandler, the sister of former DSR and Dodge driver Johnny Gray, is sponsoring two cars this year. She’s back for a second season sponsoring Tommy Johnson Jr., who finished third in the Funny Car standings in 2014. Johnson will be driving for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her other car will be the Infinite Hero Foundation 2015 Dodge Charger R/T driven by “Fast Jack” Beckman. (The Infinite Hero Foundation funds programs that combat mental and physical injuries facing returning military heroes and their families. Mr. Beckman is a veteran of the Air Force.)
In today’s first official session of the Pro Winter Warm-up, Beckman recorded his best run of the week with a 4.031 ET at 321.04 mph. Beckman was traveling at more that 270 mph at the eighth-mile mark. He was the only one of the DSR drivers to make it all the way down the track. Ron Capps (8.596 ET), Tommy Johnson Jr. (11.005 ET), and Matt Hagan (11.385 ET) all had traction troubles.
While Chevys haven’t been a major presence in Funny Car, Camaros have been tearing up the track in Pro Stock, taking the top four spots in 2014. With the debuts of both the new Charger and the new Camaro, the Winternationals should be an exciting event for Mopar fans.
(Jim Dunn Racing announced that AloDrink will be their primary sponsor for the 2015 season.)
The 2015 NHRA drag racing season kicks off with the Winternationals in Pomona, California, in just over three weeks, but there’s been a last-minute change in the lineup.
Jim Dunn Racing announced that it will have a new driver behind the wheel of its 8,000-horsepower Dodge Charger Nitro Funny Car. Texan John Hale will replace Jeff Arend, who drove for JDR for the last two seasons, after replacing Todd Lesenko in 2012.
Hale is a former two-time Nostalgia Funny Car champion and has competed the last few years in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series. He earned his Funny Car license in 2013 and has driven in several national events over the past two seasons. He will be busy in 2015 as JDR plans to compete in all 24 events on the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello drag racing calendar.
According to Arend, the primary force behind the change was money. As is happening all too often in professional motorsports these days, a major sponsor of the JDR team decided not to renew its deal with the team, forcing the team owners to look for a new driver who could subsidize his ride.
Arend is looking for another ride, but he’ll still be involved in the sport regardless; he works for Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School along with Jack Beckman, who will be back behind the wheel of one of Don Schumacher’s Dodge Funny Cars for the 2015 season.
Sponsorship problems have been cropping up all over. Drag racing legend John Force lost both of his primary sponsors, Ford and Castrol, last year, but was able to ink a new deal with Peak. 2015 Pro Stock champion Erica Enders-Stevens had to sit out two late-season events due to lack of sponsorships.
Riley Motorsports confirmed today that two of its GT3-R Vipers will return to the full 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. This will be a privateer effort, with TI Automotive moving to become the primary sponsor after SRT Motorsports withdrew from all racing late last year (despite winning in their class). ViperExchange.com will also take a larger sponsorship role, and will be the main sponsor for the #33 car during the main season.
The #93 car will compete in the GTD class using returning drivers (Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher, and Marc Goossens) for the 24 Hours of Daytona. Other drivers will include Al Carter, Sebastiaan Bleekmolen, and Cameron Lawrence, the current Trans Am series TA2 champion, driving the Dodge TA Challenger.
The #33 car will be driven by Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating, among others (perhaps with some driver sharing between cars) for the majority of the season, and it will also be competing in the GTD Class.