Ah, the distinctive sound of a V10 engine. There are a handful of cars that use the 10-pot, and this drag racing video features two that are arguably the best known. The Dodge Viper used a V10 exclusively during its production for almost three decades. The Audi R8 has an original Lamborghini V10, and now we see how the two cars compare in a speed competition.
This is a rather appropriate confrontation, since the two cars are equipped with naturally aspirated V10 engines and only carry two people. Track day on YouTube recently posted a series of drag racing videos lining up front and mid-engine cars to reduce a wide range of competitors to just two. This clip represents the final confrontation – front engine against central engine.
But the cars are not entirely equal. Aside from engine placement, the Viper is slightly modified with headers and engine tuning. The video indicates that its 8.4-liter V10 develops around 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts), which seems to be a very unfair fight for the second generation R8 and its 532 horsepower (397 kW) mill. However, the R8 has all-wheel drive and a quick-change dual-clutch transmission, and its engine isn’t in stock either. Equipped with phase 2 air and an exhaust upgrade, the Audi would develop 670 hp (500 kW). It should be a good fight after all.
The format of the race is also a little different. Rather than launching from a stop on a quarter-mile strip, the action takes place on a track with a continuous start. This negates the advantage of the Audi’s all-wheel drive, but that doesn’t stop the car from winning the first sprint. Admittedly, the Audi driver seems to jump a little the pistol during the launch, and although the Viper gains ground, it is not enough for a victory.
The second run sees a more regular start, the Viper perhaps getting a slight advantage. This is an advantage that is maintained throughout the traction, the big American machine finishing well in front of the Audi. This rolling race also started at a slower speed – 30 mph compared to 40 mph for the first race. It is not known if the slower speed was an advantage for the Viper.
With a victory in each column, the stage is ready for a decisive third race, but unfortunately, technical problems prevented this from happening. As such, we are left with a dilemma. Stock for stock, the Viper seems to have a clear advantage, but chasing after a search would certainly give Audi a huge advantage. Maybe the real winner here is us, as we sit back and enjoy a 20 cylinder symphony of supercars in action.