20YO Dodge Viper Juggernaut (Gen V Motor) Sets 6.68s 1/4-Mile Record at 220 MPH

Remember how it felt back in 2017 when the Viper was discontinued? I got a bit torn between admiring the Hellcat muscle cars that took the Viper’s place at the top of the Mopar octane chain and wishing the American supercar that could give Italian exotics a run for their money (I had the pleasure of reviewing a Gen V) would stay in showrooms. If the snake ever returns, it will probably be in EV form—Dodge already announced eMuscle production cars for 2024—but, meanwhile, the aftermarket community is keeping the V10 Viper fresh. For one, an example nicknamed Juggernaut recently set an absolute quarter-mile record.

Sure, a Viper born in the year 2000, which qualifies as a Gen II, has always been impressive, but don’t let this example trick you into believing it’s the 450 hp toy it was when it left the factory—while the high-11s runs such factory cars can deliver are respectable, this beast managed to complete the 1,320 feet task in 6.68s at 220 mph (354 km/h), which simply makes it the quickest (elapsed time) and fastest (trap speed) Viper to have ever pushed the Earth backward.

And while you check out owner Will Dugas pulling the stunt in the Instagram post below, there are some standout tech bits to keep in mind.

The hood still conceals a V10, but this is a Gen V unit built by Minnesota-based Nth Moto, which first detailed the project in the fall of 2020 (you’ll find a detailed explanation from back then in the YouTube clip at the bottom of the story, with a brief dyno run expecting you at the 16:10 timestamp).

3.000 Horsepower? Not enough.

The build has evolved meanwhile and the fresh details are not out yet (check out the promise Nth Moto makes in the Insta post), but the previous form of the vehicle saw the engine delivering north of 3,000 horsepower at the crank.

That’s the result of a stroker kit taking the displacement from 8.4L to 8.85L (540 ci), a pair of turbos working at 36 psi or higher, a dual five-inch exhaust, a dry sump oiling system and foglight-mounted air intakes that bypass the filters—the license plate is still in place, but this thing doesn’t clock too many miles outside the drag strip.

The transmission? An ATI Racing Turbo 400 drag racing unit handles all the fury. And while we’re talking numbers, you should know this thing tips the scales at just 4,000 lbs (1,800 kg)

We’re still talking about the factory engine block and casting cylinder heads and while the said max output is delivered on ethanol race juice (over 85% ethanol), the thin can also run on pump gas thanks to its flex fuel hardware.

The rowdy soundtrack of the TT V10? That’s on the house.



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