The Dodge Viper debuted in 1992 with great fanfare – it was the company’s take on what a modern-for-the-time Cobra would be. A lofty goal, perhaps, but at the time, Car & Driver described the act of driving it as “playing ping pong with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat.” That’s kind of how we think an old-school 427 Cobra would like to be described if cars could talk.
So it’s pretty reasonable to say that the third-generation Viper SRT-10 – which carried about the same curb weight, propelled by 100 more horsepower and 60 ft./lbs. of torque more than that 1992 model – would be a pretty fun car to drive. The third-gen cars came from the factory boasting an 8.3L (505 cube) aluminum-block V10 to make the aforementioned 500 horsepower. Power runs through a Tremec T56 six-speed transmission and through a limited-slip diff – pieces much more oriented to road racing than drag racing, at least in factory configuration.
But that’s not how these guys from Germany see it, and we thank them for that. We do have to admit that it’s always interesting to see how other countries will think nothing of setting up a dragstrip for semi-trucks on a public street, or in a situation like this with no guardwalls or guardrails of any sort; just what appears to be some plastic snap-together fencing to retain the massive crowds watching the racing.
It appears to be some sort of television show along the lines of Pinks All Out, but since we still don’t speak German (nor read it) we were unable to find any more information on the web about what’s going on here. Regardless of what’s actually happening, these dudes are doing some nice burnouts. If you like the sound of an SRT-10 at full song, this video’s for you.