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I thought you all might enjoy my story that I posted on the Viper boards...

As many of you know, Racing Solutions (www.racingsolutionsltd.com) just recently built me a badass 1,478 rwhp twin turbo beast. Their task was to build a street car capable of making crazy HP while at the same time being able to maintain 100% street characteristics. I've now had my car for several weeks and can honestly say, they surpassed my expectations in every way! This car kicks ass and RSI did an amazing job. The car has the following mods:

Twin 76 mm turbo's on a custom built RSI TT kit (includes all accessories such as twin Tial WG's and twin Tial BOV's, all piping, etc...)
Custom RSI fuel system
Custom RSI front mount intercooler
Greg Good cylinder heads (the best of the best in these heads, including inconel valves, crazy porting/polishing, etc..., thanks Greg, you are the man!!!)
G-Force transmission
Mark Williams rear end
AEM
Stoptech brakes
I-Forged wheels
etc...

Anyhow, just recently, Gerald at RSI called me and asked me what I thought about having the opportunity to race my car against an F-16 figher jet at Cannon AFB in NM. I remembered that Albert Chlouber drove a 900 rwhp mamba TT built by RSI last year at this same event and had a blast, so I said, "sure, why not..."

Fast forward this past Friday. My brother-in-law and I flew in to Lubbock, TX and rented a car and drove to the AFB in NM. Friday was all about doing practice runs on the runway. When we got to the AFB the NM VCA chapter was there to greet us. The guys were all great and I want to personally thank Chris (NM VCA President) for setting this event up and inviting RSI again... The runway itself is 10,000 ft. long. We start at the 1,000 ft. mark and go WOT for just under 4,000 ft. That leaves another 4,000 ft. to stop (the last 1,000 ft. are not accesible b/c their are landing cables across the runway).

We came to the race running 12 psi and Pirelli street tires. I was told that we had to run street tires, no drag radials allowed... The plan for the event was for an F16 with no afterburner to run, a "stock" Viper to run, then a Viper motorcycle, an F16 on full afterburner and finally my "modified Viper". Well, the "stock" Viper that showed up was on drag radials and had a Paxton S/C making 901 rwhp. We were running low boost and only making about 980 rwhp or so, not to mention we were on bonafied street tires.

The plan was to go all out against an F-16 on full afterburner for approximately 3/4 mile. The purpose of the first practice run was to learn the runway and learn what the car is like at high speed. The first practice run I hit 195 mph. I knew the car had more in it at the same boost so I gave it another go...on the second pass, the speedometer pegged past 200 mph. The car was VERY stable at this speed and felt rock solid. Unfortunately Brian "Lag" Walski (i.e. the F16 pilot that was there to make sure we didn't cause any problems on the base...:)) said that they runway was closed after our second practice run. So, after only two practice runs, we called it a day...

The second day, the first thing I noticed was the STIFF wind. There were 35 mph winds all day and I knew that if we ran into the wind, the car would not go as fast. Sure enough, when the time came to race the jet, they lined us up on the runway racing INTO the wind. At that point, I knew that I would have to turn up the boost to get 200+ mph by the end of the run. I cranked the boost controller to 14.5 psi and decided to see how that amount of power would feel on street tires. The first to go was an F16 with no afterburner, it covered the distance in 19.5 seconds. Second to go was the "stock Viper" which did 175 mph and 19.x seconds into the wind (to be fair, he missed 5th gear and had to put it back in gear a few times). The motorcycle started 1,000 ft. ahead of the cars (he was uncomfortable going the same distance with that type of wind) and did 150 mph in about 17.x seconds. Finally, the F16 on full afterburner came up, she (Carrie "Duke" Ellis) clicked off a 16.5 second run. Finally, it was my turn. I launched the car nice and easy and immediately spun through first, second and third. When I hit fourth, it was bye bye...the spin was controlable and the car pulled HARD. I hit fifth and hung on. I rung 5th gear out until I hit my rev limiter. I decided at that point there was not enough room/time to try 6th (i'm not sure exactly where I hit limiter but it was close to the end) so I just stayed on the limiter through the finish line. Final results - 16.33 seconds and 208 mph!!!!!!!! The car won, again... :)

I have a video of the run, but for some reason my software is only capturing the video, but not the audio. I will try to work on it to figure out why the audio is not working. In the meantime, here are a few pics of the event and of the car.

Thanks to RSI - you guys built one badass machine, nothing like being able to do multiple 200 mph runs and have the car run like a champ over and over and over. I LOVE MY CAR, THANK YOU!

Thanks to Justin Nenni of Tuning Concepts. You did a great job with the tune, nothing like a sustained 5th gear pull to rev limiter to make sure the tune is spot on! :)

Thanks to Greg Good, the combo is only as good as the heads, and my heads are the BEST OF THE BEST.















 

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What a monster. Congrats. I called Justin while he was tuning your car, and all he kept telling me is that it was very hard for you guys to get traction on the dyno!! :D Did you go over the previous 1478 rwhp you had recorded Peter?

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oh wowee wow wow wow

who the heck needs theme parks when 1478whp Vipers are available :naughty:

Did you get a ride in the F16? Now that would have been unreal as well!
 

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Big Congrats, Peter. Your shit is off the hook. Beautiful Viper, one of the nicest ones anywhere.

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Hey bro, how did you like Cannon AFB? I was stationed there for 3 years and hated the area, town is small as shit...I actually worked on those arresting cables on the runway and was suprised to here that they didnt remove them for this event. Theyre just used for catching planes who are in an emergency. Too bad for me, looked like i was stationed there at the wrong time! Nice pics!
 

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Great pics and great write-up, Peter! :)

Sounds like you guys had a blast!
 

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awesome. I hope you got some video of this. At what PSI did you put down 1478RWHP?

How much PSI can you run on pump, and how much power does it put down then?

Thanks for sharing :)
 
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Is there going to be a rematch with the F16 running cut-back blades? I reckon if he removed the missiles and wing pylons, he could make up a few tenths too. :rofl:

Nice race man. :bigthumb:
 

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Peter that is bad ASS!!! You get to do all sorts of fun shit with your cars! Do I hear a new standing mile record at high boost???
 

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Thanks for all the compliments guys, I figured you all would get a kick out of the story, I had a blast!

3 - no, unfortunately I did not get a chance to ride in an F16, they told me if I came earlier in the week I could have gotten a ride b/c they were doing media rides.

Ken - thanks bud, you know how I roll, stock lines, big wheels, wide tires, lowered, and i'm done... On this car I actually had to add some brakes b/c the stockers suck, nothing like the Supra brakes.

707 - you know, Cannon and Clovis were just about what I expected. The takeaway from the AFB was the fact that EVERYONE was a class act, they treated us like gold and I have nothing but respect for all the servicemen that are part of the armed forces and do what they do for our country. As for the cables, they removed them on one end but unfortunately it was the end of the runway that we started at...

Vilhelm - we did 1,478 rwhp at 25 psi. As for pump, no clue, you know me, i NEVER run pump on any built cars that I have. It's just not worth it, a boost spike, torn hose, or anything can cause the boost to spike. We ran 12 psi on Friday and 14.5 psi on Saturday during the event, always on C16.

93 - if we go back next year, and/or if I have a chance to do a full mile, then i'll need to either put a taller tire on the car, put a taller gear in the car and/or increase the rev limiter. When I post the video you can clearly hear me hit the rev limiter in 5th gear - 6,100 rpm - 208 mph.

Peter
 
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