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A ten-second quarter mile time in stock trim has been reserved for limited production supercars only. However, a man proved that with the right combination of weather and skill a completely stock C6 Corvette Z06 can break 11.0. During a private test and tune event at Maryland International Raceway (MIR) Jamie Furman and his C6 Z06 running on the stock Goodyear F1 EMT run flat tires hit 10.98 at 129 mph in the 1320. The run was validated by a track official to achieve the record for quickest mass production vehicle. While the run was aided by near sea level track elevation and 40-degree air temperature, it still took refined gear banging skills to secure the record. Mr. Furman did not leave well enough alone with one record though. After hitting the 10s on the stock tires he threw on a set of drag radials to see what would happen. He hit 10.83 at 130 mph, breaking the previous drag radial standard of 10.85.

Of course these records aren't officially recognized by a particular sanctioning body, but they are recognized by internet message board enthusiasts and isn't that all that matters these days? Stock vehicles running 10s would never pass NHRA safety standards anyway. There is nothing like stirring up some keyboard racers to get the mud slinging started. The guys on Corvette Forum invite anyone from Viper Alley to put up a challenge. Apparently Jamie Furman once owned a few Vipers, but believes that currently the Z06 is king of American muscle. The gallery below holds scans of the two record holding time slips for the non-believers.

[Source: Corvetteforum.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      pretty freakin impressive...

      but the viper venom (non-hennessey) ran 10.7 or so right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I believe grip is an issue with both of these cars. Does the extra 95 hp on the Viper hinder it or does it's extra 318 lbs. help equal the two out?"

      In the 12 second+ range, adding 100hp is approximately equal to dropping a second off of your time. In the same range, dropping 100lbs is approximately equal to .10 of a second drop.

      So the horsepower should theoretically more than make up for the extra weight but for some reason it didn't make that much of a difference in the Car & Driver comparo. The Viper has a lot more torque than the Vette which probably didn't help it's launch at all. With some sticky tires, I imagine the Viper's time would improve a lot.
      Matt
      • 7 Years Ago
      That run was done at MIR, exactly at sea level and on a very cold day. The combination of a high atmospheric pressure and the cold air (cold air is denser) means the engine makes more power. Many records are broken on this track, because it is nearly ideal. Realistically, a Viper under the same conditions (not one at a higher elevation, or done on a hot day) would likely beat that easily. It has a 95 hp advantage.

      IMO they are both very, very impressive cars. For a double-duty car, the Z06 is hard to beat. You can live with it every day and still take it to track and impress people. The Viper isn't as much of a street car, but it's more track focused and will outshine the Z06 there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Matt
        I believe grip is an issue with both of these cars. Does the extra 95 hp on the Viper hinder it or does it's extra 318 lbs. help equal the two out?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Matt
        95 hp advantage, and a 318 pound -disadvantage-...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Matt
        I know on paper the Viper seems like it would beat the Z06 on the track. And I agree it's definitely a more raw, track-style car. But it just doesn't win. I can't explain why, but consistently the Z06 outpaces even the new Viper on the track.

        They're both good track cars, that's for sure.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think ten in the eighth is still a generous estimate!
      • 7 Years Ago
      For those who have Direct TV, one of the new HD channels (forgot which) has a show on where they show how this car is made and what makes it different from other corvettes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, while 10.981 is great for a bone stock 'Vette, I wouldn't exactly proclaim it as a "10-second awesome OMG run!!" as my article title.

      It's 10.981. Not close to 10 in the 1/4 mile world.

      I'm not trying to downplay this achievement, but there is a difference between, say, 10.101 and 10.981. If anything, I'd proclaim that as "11-second stock C6 Corvette Z06 on run flats"
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know it doesn't sound right but when the time starts with a 10, they call it a 10 second car, just like a c6 z06 would be called a 11 second car in the hands of mere mortals
        • 7 Years Ago
        You obviously aren't a drag racer. I'm not either, but I certainly know that a car that runs XX.xxx is a XX-car. It's well accepted.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Whatever, if a pro-stock car in the NHRA ran a 5.99 then the announcer would proclaim, "'Jeg Coughlin is the first pro stock driver to break into the fives"
      • 7 Years Ago
      40F air temp helps quite a bit.... I have no reason to doubt the time and speed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Big deal. So this guy can go an umpteenth of a second faster from one stop light to the other. That really has some terrific impact on every day driving.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you could not possibly have missed the point any more
        • 7 Years Ago
        What is the point of drinking anything but water, since water is all your body really needs?
        • 7 Years Ago
        >>>Getting from point A to point B before the other guy is all that matters in this world!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the Nissan GT R can beat this, its indeed fast as they say
      • 7 Years Ago
      AWD is a terrible thing to be saddled with if you are drag racing. Unless it's built like a WRC car you can't just dump the clutch at 6000 rpm like one would hope and expect the ensuing smoke to be coming from the tires. Let the american muscle car have the record, this is what they are built for.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think you both are talking about the same thing.

        The grip of an AWD car makes drag racing launches hell on the drivetrain. You have two choices: bog horribly or put incredible wear on the drivetrain. If you take the latter, you will be rewarded, but you'll break a lot of parts.

        In the Speed World Challenge in 2007 the SCCA (the governing body) decided the Audi A4 could no longer launch above 4,000rpm because it was passing two rows of cars at the start each time (on a DRY track, more on wet). The Audi was then unable to finish the next two races because launching with the revs that low it couldn't spin the tires and so the tires were hooking up and the car was breaking the drivetrain (I forget if it was clutch or tranny). They eventually fixed it, but I don't know how.
        • 7 Years Ago
        awd certainly helps on the launch but it is a liability after 60'

        properly built that is. awd cars will go thru transmissions if you throw some sticky tires and a 4k dump at a stock drive train. even a stock powerplant will be able to pop a transmission with drag slicks.

        i hear about wrx guys bitchin about how the transmission is the "weak link". the real weak link is their brain.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Last I checked, you can't red light and have your time be "official". Seriously people, tack on about 7/10th to that time and you'll get the real time. +.39 for the foul and another .3 or .4 for a good R/T.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Apparently you didn't read LS2/LS7 comments did you? RT is not included in ET. All it measures is how close to a perfect light you got. Once you break the beams once the lights have started to come down, then the clock starts. The clock doesn't care if your early or late, as soon as it sees that your wheels have left the stage lights, it starts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Viper has some of the widest tires on ANY car. I actually think most supercars don't have tires as wide as the viper's. the problem lies not in the fact that there's too much torque, its that 85-90% of the total torque on that car is available just off idle. the true archillies heel is that, in order to manage the torque, the tires got bigger, but with it came the loss of road feel. back in the mid-90s, the viper was the only car i remember getting over 1g of lateral grip. On the track, the early viper GTS coupes were winning at dayona and LeMans. it didn't take until the C5/C5R for the corvette to start doing that, but oh boy, did they do it. I think i remember 5 out of 6 class wins before they went to the C6R? anyway, the bottom line, is that the Viper is a more exclusive track monster. It can beat the vette z06 in the 1/4mi but you're going to need someone at least 90% as talented as this guy to even have a shot at it. that 60' is FANTASTIC!

      It's not always the car that gets the fast times.
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