1,600 HP Viper Spins at 100 MPH, Cockpit View Shows Dangers of Roll Racing

Many of those who haven’t attended a roll racing event believe this form of racing is easy as pie, with throttle mashing and perhaps gear shifting being everything that’s required on the driver’s side. That’s far from the truth, especially when we’re talking about the kind of high-horsepower monsters that make it onto the podium.
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The latest example comes from the recent Texas Invitational event, where a twin-turbo Viper spun at serious speed. We brought you the story earlier this week, but now the cockpit view has emerged, so you can understand exactly what the driver went through.

The guy lost the Viper at about 100 mph (160 km/h), with the V10 machine sliding across the track and onto the grass. Despite the spectators being placed at a reasonable distance from the airfield runway hosting the races, the machine only managed to stop when it was dangerously close to the people trying to run from its path. When your speeding car stops about 10-15 feet away from the crowd, you know you were close to getting in serious trouble.

Most of them were paying close attention to the Viper’s trajectory and had already started running, but the grass eating episode was one extreme moment.

We’ll remind you the Viper in question was racing an Alpha 16 GT-R, an incarnation of Godzilla that can deliver up to 1,800 hp, depending on the boost level.

Rumor has it the twin turbines feeding the Viper’s V10 mean we are dealing with a 1,600 hp contraption. As the boost kicked in, the vehicle lost traction, with the car entering a spinning mood in an instant.

However, the driver, Andy McKee, can’t say the entire event was a negative episode. Not after managing to grab second place in the rear-wheel-drive class. Oh well, at least nobody was injured in the event.

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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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