“Viper versus Corvette” has been a long-standing rivalry synonymous with the story of David and Goliath. These two American powerhouses have battled since the introduction of the Viper in 1992. The Corvette has always been “the” American sports car since the 1950’s, up until the Viper was produced in an attempt to de-thrown the almighty vette.
Over the past few decades, the two have battled one another in straight line acceleration and track times, both being bested by the other at some point. They both have also served as great platforms for modification from mild to wild, depending on your goals and the number of digits in your checking account.
At the 2018 Never Lift Half Mile – a cash-prize half-mile racing event organized by Shift-S3ctor and Motovicity Distribution – one epic Viper vs. Vette battle ensued with a heavily modified representative from each family. At the Never Lift Half Mile, there was up to $40,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.
The video above shows the finals for the Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Unlimited Class. There were no restrictions for the class so long as the vehicle was powered by a RWD platform. 1st place would receive $2500, 2nd place would receive $500.
Two competitors rose to the top to meet each other in the finals. On the one side of the bracket, we have a stock-looking 2013 Dodge Viper GTS, but it was far from stock. The car was sent to Nth Moto, a performance shop based out of Minnesota, for a full twin turbo kit and supporting modifications. This build was still on a stock bottom end motor and pushing close to 1300+ horsepower at the wheels, if not more, which is incredibly impressive.
On the other side of the bracket, we have Morris Malone in his 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Morris is no stranger to half-mile racing and holds the current Corvette half-mile record at 239mph in this heavily modified Corvette Z06.
This Z06 is far from factory. Boasting a 6.6 liter dart LS block, a pair of 88mm turbochargers, and a built auto transmission, power is somewhere around 2500+ horsepower at the rear wheels. This thing has one goal: go f*cking fast.
The video above shows the race from multiple camera angles. Not surprisingly though, once the boost kicks in for Morris, he steadily runs away from the Viper as he traps 236mph on this pass against the Viper’s 204mph.
With double the horsepower, I don’t think anyone was too shocked. However, it was still awesome to see the comparison of what this Vette will do to a 1300+horsepower Viper. Morris ended up taking home $7500 for the weekend winning $2500 in his class both days, plus $2500 for the fastest overall speed of the event.
Watch the video to see these monsters in action