Dodge Viper loses to Nissan "ricer"

The old saying, "there is no replacement for displacement" doesn't exactly work in this scenario. In a quarter mile drag, a well built Nissan Pulsar GTI-R smoked a Dodge Viper SRT-10! If you ask most people who would win this race, it is safe to assume that nine out of ten people would pick the Dodge Viper SRT-10 due to it's massive ten cylinder engine. So how did this little four banger manage to beat a Dodge Viper? It is all in the power to weight ratio combined with all-wheel drive traction.

Sure the Dodge Viper has a big and beastly motor, but it's power to weight ratio of 1:6.8 sucks compared to the Nissan's 1:5.4 PWR. Not only does the Nissan have a better PWR, it's also all-wheel drive which makes for a deadly combination. As you can see in the video, the Viper's driver is also at fault. Burning his tires nearly half way through the race, he lost out on a lot of traction time that the GTI-R used to it's advantage. Once they were up to speed, you can see the larger displacement starting to take over as it is better at top end than the well built four cylinder. Moral of the story, sports cars are designed for specific uses and when you step out of your boundary you just might get smoked.

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Source: Tampa Sports Car Examiner

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