• Jan 16th 2007 at 7:03PM
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What's faster, a kart or a Viper? That's the question Nurburgring wunderfrau Sabine Schmidt asked and answered in this ten-minute segment on her German television show DMAX. (You remember Sabine... she's the girl who dragged Clarkson's sorry old ass around the 'Ring in a diesel Jag.)

To make the plum even sweeter, we're not talking about any ordinary Viper or any ordinary kart here. The Viper is the GTR race version based on the first-generation super-snake, and the kart, as far as we can gather (we've yet to launch Autoblog German) is one beast of a suped-up shifter kart with a 164-hp 1100cc motorbike engine.

No contest, you say? The Viper'll win it hands down? Not so fast (no pun intended). Power-to-weight is the name of the game, and even with a quarter the power, the kart doesn't weigh nearly as much as the big American muscle. It's a close race... you'll have to watch to see which crosses the finish line first. Blitzschnell!

[Source: 0-60mag.com via Motorpasion]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice way to start the viper, on paint and too much wheel spin. It's a nice way to warm the tires for pre race but not to start a race.
      The only way I'd accept this would be if they put an actual viper race driver in the vehicle along with an actual cart racer.
      Plus I agree that they could do things like car magazines and have computers monitor their progress around the corners and lap time and strait away speeds etc... I think the vipor driver wasn't pushing so hard do to the thought of squishing the other driver. The cart also didn't like the paint lines and was hard to keep in position do to paint lines on the track.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The announcers says that the Viper was handicapped during the race with a top speed no faster than that of the cart.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As they say, immitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If you're going to ape a shooting style, why not copy one of the most popular.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My only question: Was Sabine driving the Viper to it's fullest potential?
      Cart definitly had the handling advantage.
      What a race!
      What a super cart!
      What a woman!!
      Totally enjoyable.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, that Viper makes a good noise!
      • 8 Years Ago
      i had a chance to drive a similar spec'd cart. WOW. And sliding at over 100mph two inches from the ground is simply amazing. But u better remain in control
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe that Sabine is also a Ring taxi driver - I've seen videos of her flogging an M5 around the track. I also believe that she is a former class winner at LeMans.

      Quite a frau!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait, I thought it was the English who had bad teeth...

      NO WAY you're gonna push a tonne and a half of Viper metal and composites HARD with that gadfly scooter racing next to you...human nature says "YOU WILL CRUSH CART"....
      • 8 Years Ago
      On the side note, she was the gal who lapped the Ford Transit commercial van at Nurbergring with ease on Top Gear!

      You go girl! =)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eh, I heard the Lotus Elise held it's own against a Viper on a curvy track due to it's superior handling and relatively low power-to-weight ratio. A Viper will kick a ton of ass on the straights, but get it in a curvy track and you'll see lower powered, better handling cars easily keep up if not pass it. It's all about finding the best car for the job.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's the largest, least thoughtfully engineered kart I've ever seen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      She can speak German to me all day long..
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