While there are those commentators and pundits who say the American car industry has been in decline, we feel the need to point out that when America gets a car right, they get it really right. Perhaps no greater examples of American cars done right exist outside of the Dodge Viper or Ford GT. Both packed with technology and horsepower from the factory, the automotive aftermarket can take these cares to dizzying heights and unfathomable speeds.
So what happens when you take these two automotive titans to the drag strip? That is the basis for our next video, brought to us by the gearheads at High Tech Corvette. With equal amounts of horsepower and badassery, will the Ford GT or Dodge Viper come out ahead?
While the Dodge Viper comes from the factory with a naturally-aspirated V10 engine, Ford gave the GT a supercharged V8. But aftermarket specialists ditched both setups for twin turbochargers, nearly doubling the output of both cars and resulting in an 1,100 horsepower Viper and an 1,100 horsepower Ford GT. That is 2,200 horsepower divided by two cars, on a single drag strip. Oh my.
Hell, even the paintjobs, white with blue stripes, are damn near identical. We won’t spoil the video for you, but suffice to say these two cars came hella-close in the quarter-mile, with less than a quarter of a second separating them. But a quarter of a second is the difference between a 10-second car and a 9-second car. So which is which, and who won? You have to watch the video to find out.