The 18-year old driver used his father's Viper to set an impressive new quarter-mile record.
The beloved Dodge Viper has been dead since 2017 and has been overshadowed by newer American muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Super Stock and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8, but we're still hoping it will make a comeback one day. Four years after it was discontinued, the Viper still has a strong following. It's also easy to modify, making it a popular car for drag racing.
Back in 2012, Sal Patel set a new quarter-mile record in his heavily modified second-generation Dodge Viper with a blistering time of 6.96 seconds.
Impressively, this record has been held for nearly ten years, despite some stiff competition from other insanely powerful custom Vipers. Keen to defend the family's title, Patel's 18-year-old son Milan wanted to try and set a new quarter-mile record in his dad's Viper. The modified Viper has been a part of his entire life since his dad bought it back in 2003, so he has a strong attachment to the car and wanted to make his dad proud.
While the drag racer retains the original 8.0-liter V12 engine block, a pair of 88 mm Garrett turbochargers have been added. A slew of other modifications increases the output to an insane 3,200 horsepower.
Taming a car with this much power requires a lot of skill and experience, but Patel had barely driven the modified Viper before attempting to set a new quarter-mile record and had only run a 1/8th mile test. Despite his lack of experience, Patel took the Viper to the Maryland International Raceway, where he set an impressive time of 7.43 seconds at 174.5 mph in the first quarter-mile run.
After a few more runs, he set a best time of 6.956 seconds at 202.67 mph. This was fast enough to beat his father's quarter-mile record, albeit by only 0.1 seconds. Time will tell if it takes another decade to beat the Viper's quarter-mile record.