The Dodge Viper is a brutally elegant machine with a lot of muscle under its refined exterior. And while Dodge didn’t design the Viper for drag racing, that hasn’t stopped some owners from turning their rides into straight-line monsters.
Will Dugas’ 2000 Viper, known as “The Juggernaut,” became the world’s quickest Viper after breaking a record at the Hail Mary Derby that had stood for nine years.
The Juggernaut started out life as a bone-stock 2000 Viper before the master craftsmen at Nth Moto got ahold of it. Nth Moto put an immense amount of thought into the design of the Juggernaut, with the goal of creating a high-level Drag Week-style car. The engine package was developed to be highly efficient to maximize what the V10 engine could produce — parts weren’t just stuffed into locations on the Juggernaut where they fit, but rather, everything was placed in specific places to ensure the car would run as good as it looked.
The heart of the Juggernaut is based around a stock Gen 5 Viper block and stock casting heads. The 540 cubic-inch mill has a Callies crankshaft as its backbone, while the rest of the engine consists of Nth Motor’s own parts that the company has developed. A MoTeC ECU controls the engine and makes sure the twin 88mm Garrett turbos are making plenty of boost. The Juggernaut made 3,250 horsepower and over 2,400 foot-pounds of torque on the dyno.
At the Hail Mary Derby, Dugas had one goal: to punch the Juggernaut into the 6-second zone before the event was finished. The Viper world record was held by Sal Patal for over nine years, at a 6.963, which Dugas tied during one of his passes. The Juggernaut later broke the Viper record with a booming 6.891-second pass at over 205 MPH. That’s an impressive run considering the Juggernaut weighs just over 3,900 pounds and still has an IRS rear suspension.
Check out the footage from 1320 Video that shows Dugas chasing the Viper record.