• Aug 1, 2007
Road & Track thought it might be fun to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by taking a half dozen supercars out to Lemoore. That would be the nearly three-mile-long runway at the Naval Air Station Lemoore in California's San Joaquin Valley. Not that the air base isn't a nice place to visit, but the reason they were there was to test the cars' acceleration from 0-200 mph. R&T refers to it as the "World's First Supercar Drag Race." They had used this same strip for a standing mile acceleration run back in September '05, but this test was strictly for streetable cars that had claimed top speeds of more than 200 mph.

They nabbed Kiwi racer Steve Millen as their test driver once again, and basically told him to just get the best launch he could and get to 200 as quickly as possible. They further asked him, given the fact that two of the assembled cars had more than 1,000 hp on tap, not to let up until past the one-mile mark if 200 mph came before that, but not to go past the two-mile mark so as to allow enough shutdown room. Besides the 0-200 time they also wanted to record standing mile acceleration like the last time they visited the naval air base. So what were the results? Follow the jump to see, and don't forget to click the Read link for the full rundown.

[Source: Road & Track]

The full rundown of the cars tested and their results are below. Note that Ferrari and Lamborghini didn't provide cars for the test, but the crew found a sympathetic Lamborghini owner who volunteered his own 2002 Murci. Perhaps due to its age, it could only manage 190.1 mph. Similarly, although provided by Mercedes in this case, the SLR only hit 199.5 mph, despite a claimed top speed of 207. Non-stock wheels were given as explanations for both, which is really a shame. Additionally, the Veyron and the RUF were praised for their civility while attaining these incredible velocities. The big surprise in the test was the fact that although the Veyron was quicker through the mile, the extra horsepower of the Venom let it reach 200 faster, making it the king of the hill for this group. Without further ado, here are the results:

Car | HP | 0-200 | secs | Distance covered in feet
  1. Hennessey Venom 1000TT Viper: 1,100 20.3 3488
  2. Bugatti Veyron 16.4: 1,001 24.2 4770
  3. Lingenfelter C6 Corvette: 880 26.5 4894
  4. RUF Rt 12: 650 35.5 7385
  5. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: 617 47.2 (199.5 mph) 10560
  6. Lamborghini Murciélago: 580 50.1 (190.1 mph) 10560


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "The big surprise in the test was the fact that although the Veyron was quicker through the mile, the extra horsepower of the Venom let it reach 200 faster"

      Step 1, find something with 1000h to give the veyron a bloody nose

      Step 2, run them down a straight, graph, and find the point where the bloody nose giver beats the veyron - crucially, it doesn't have to be 0-60 or say the 1/4 mile or even top speed, just wherever it beats the veyron, hopefully a round number

      Step 3, grab a few more cars for a shoot-out.

      Right. No shock here, there are plenty of supercars which may be faster then another to sixty but slower in the quarter mile. The point of the veyron is it was purpose built to be unmatched to sixty and in top speed, it's still achieved those goals.

      How about a rematch to 240? :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      run the veyron against a top fuel dragster.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of the featured cars, I've always liked the Viper. Glad it beat the Veyron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most of you need to chill out. How is this a BS test? It is exactly what they said it was: Who is quicker from 0-200. I don't care if its a tuner car, a drag car or a Veyron, its their test, get over it.

      Also, for those saying the Veyron would destroy the viper on a course, how do you really know that? Your superior intuition? The Viper has a long standing pedigree in racing and continues to win.

      Get over your fanboyism, its just a test.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nurburgring track times
        7:40 --- 161.217 km/h – Bugatti 16/4 Veyron, 1001 PS/1980 kg (Wheels magazine Australia, 12/05)
        8:13 --- 150.426 km/h -- Dodge Viper SRT-10, 506 hp (sport auto, 10/04)

        Veyron 33 seconds faster than the Viper.
        • 7 Years Ago
        K,

        Thanks, you just made my point. Comparisons like this are very difficult to make, because in certain situations, certain cars will fair better than others. The fact my grandmother could drive the veyron one-handed at 200 mph wasn't part of the test.

        To test a car that costs 6x the price of another automatically makes the test just an excercise. It's why we don't test camry's against ferrari's, Unless ofcourse, the camry happens to thump the ferarri in some particular test. Like Trunk space or something. But you see, that's not exactly a test people are going to argue about on Auto Forums.

        By the way, the Corvette matches the Veyron on the Ring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you really have to look at the cars, as well. I mean, if you want pure, straight line performance, sure, grab the viper.

      if you want the exclusivity, luxury, and all-round performance of the veyron, i'd say get it, but only if you've got a huge amout of disposable income lying around.

      the veyron is just a better car, flat out. afterall, the viper is just, well, a viper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone really care that a modified Viper is faster to 200?

      The Veyron is a luxury GT that was built to be stable at 250.

      200 is old news. The F40 did it in 1987.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, the F40 might have struggled to reach that 200 mph in this test as well, especially in just two miles. I have a friend who enters his in high speed closed road races. He has had to do numerous mods to his to get it close to 200 by using Euro gears, LM turbos and oversized wheels and tires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A moot point to note would be the weight issue-could Hennessy get a near two ton Viper to reach 200 mph in or around 20 seconds? Considering that the Veyron is only slightly lighter than a Range Rover, I would say that 24 seconds to 200 mph is one hell of an achievement. But I have also researched the Bugatti's performance figures and it has been 'officially' timed at 19.5 seconds to 200mph (the Maclaren F1 did 23 seconds to 200mph back in the mid 90's). Increase the weight of the Viper (that should help with the traction that so many have been bleating on about) and see how it handles nearly 500 kg(1100lbs) of ballast! Bet it would struggle to reach 200mph in 65 seconds!!!
      Oh and by the way, many tuners here in Britain have cars with less horespower than the Hennessy and would absolutely trash it to 200 mph (Zen,Roger Clarke,Andy Forrest,Norris,Abbey Motorsport). Bet the Hennessy or 'vette couldn't post a low 9 second quarter at 161mph like some of our modded Scobbies running with 650-800 bhp!!!!
      If we are talking about showcasing modifiers as was mentioned, what if someone wanted to modify a Veyron!!!
      As Jeremy Clarkson said' If you want to build a REALLY fast car, start with a fast one in the first place'!!!!
      Would be interesting to see what ABT could do with the Veyron-a 0-200mph for MODIFIED CARS-would the outcome be similar......I think not!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about the Carrera GT? Or the Pagani Zonda? Or the Koneigsegg? It seems that this test was mostly designed to show that American tuner cars are fast.

      Chris.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not surprising the Viper stomped the Veyron 0-200 (4 seconds is a LONNNNNG way at those speeds), but what did surprise me was that the Corvette wasn't able to beat the Veyron, it was close though. It was probably hampered by no traction off the line.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What? No 0-100-0?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy crap how anal are you people? Complaining what cars were there and which ones werent. They ran what showed up. Im sure they would have loved more cars to do the test.

      Appearently some morons have never been in a real drag race. If you had been you would frequently see racers icing the intake between runs. You've probadly never heard of this because you dont get the chance to or have the need to racing a 15.96s 1/4 et car at stoplight races against other slow cars. Oh wait, 15.91 et with that full exhaust, cat delete, 5 inch exhaust tip, cold air intake, bosch plat. 4, red plug wires, walmart aluminum pedals and oversize non-downforce producing rear wing from JC whitney.

      Then lets compare Ring times of the VW to a stock Viper and say it clearly outhandles the tuned one. What are you stupid? I'm going to guess an extra 600hp and reworked suspension would shave a couple ticks off a Vipers Ring time. Go and look back at a C&D comparo from a few years back called the supertuner shootout. Tuner cars like the Hennessey and Lingenfelter are designed to handle better than stock.

      If some other douchebags would have read past the 1st line they would have read it was the same driver during all runs. Maybe reading comprehension is not a strong point.

      Id say anyone buying a Veyron has too much money, not the person buying the Hennessey. You could buy about 6 of his Venom 1000's for the Bug. Although I have heard many bad things about dealing with Mr. Hennessey.

      Considering family sedans are running around with 270hp and could hit near 150 if not electrically limited makes a 200mph test of insanely fast cars fun to watch and read about. That was the point of this test, race or any other race. Dont be a sore loser (even though no one here owns these cars) someone always will have a faster car than you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what a joke. as much vipers are cool the bug is superior in every manner. but as king u expect people to be taking shots at u.

      I am curious about the vipers reliability/comfort and legality.

      2cents
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