Even before the SRT Viper GTS was introduced, we knew that SRT wanted to create a supercar to compete with Chevrolet’s most powerful and fastest production car ever made, the Corvette ZR1.
However, the rather outdated Covette ZR1 has already got an upper hand over the new Viper, after Motor Trend tester and pro racing driver, Randy Pobst thrashed the ZR1 around Laguna Seca in just 1:33.70, eclipsing the previous record set by Chris Winkler of 1:33.99 in a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR.
However, when Pobst was put into the SRT Viper GTS in the same conditions, he could only achieve a 1:35.77 almost a full two seconds behind the ZR1. Even though the new Viper was slower than the ZR1, its lap time also puts it above the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lexus LFA and even the Nissan GT-R.
This result prompted none other than SRT boss Ralph Gilles to claim state “There is a lot more left in the car, Randy has always struggled with the Viper”. “We’ve tested both cars at several tracks and never seen a gap like that. Many drivers needlessly fear the Viper,” he concluded.
Hopefully Motor Trend will release a video of the laps in the coming weeks.