Jesus loves Vivek.
I say that because the odds of some of the things happening…that happen when you are around Viv are just too small to ever happen with out some help from above.
Wavy Wane’s World style lines going to the flash back.
First of all I’ve realized that I never put my frist Supra ride story on my blog. It’s a good story, and I’ve decided that soon I need to write it down and get it published. For those of you who don’t know Vivek or about the Supra I’ll try to sum it up in a sentence or two. Vivek has this car that he has done some work to that has resulted in something that isn’t just fast….it’s crazy fast. I’ve enjoyed going out on rides (and races) with Vivek over the past year or two. As amazing as it sounds, durring this time the car was not running at %100 according to Viv. From what he was telling me, the car would only let him turn the boost (power) up to about %50 of it’s maximum pressure. From what I’m told, that means the car put down a measly 5-600 HP instead of the full power (around 800RWHP) that it can make. For those of you playing along at home the this years Vipers and Z06 Corvette should put down about 450 or so HP stock. I’ve been in the car in the “unfixed” lower power configuration as he has beaten the pants off of just about every sport car you can think of. Not just beaten, but totally smoked. Well, in my last post about the Supra clicky you may remember that we took her down to Austin where Vivek left the car with the guys who helped him build the car Boost Logic. He put it in their loving hands to get her back in top shape such that she would be able to go to full boost again. Effectivly taking the car from crazy fast, to plain stupid fast.
Last week Vivek called me as excited as a little boy at Christmas, telling me to swing by so that he could take the car out and test her out at full power for the first time and years. Viv, Novie and I hopped in the car to see what she could do. A few gallons of race gas, a full bottle of NOS, and we were ready to roll out. Viv was wearing a grin from ear to ear, and seemed excited and even a little bit nervous. Being as methodic and logical as always, Viv made several runs with the car on different power settings, having us watch the gauges with him to make sure the engine was handling the different power levels, and wasn’t going to blow-de-funk-up. We started low and worked our way up. Adding the bottle on a few runs to see how things changed. WOW. What a ride!!! We didn’t even get things up to full boost (think 26psi was our max for the day, out of a possible 32 I believe). We were going from 40 to 130 or so in just a few seconds with the rear wheels still breaking loose through 4th gear when he let off! We finished several runs and were headed home when Jesus looked down, and showed Viv the love.
We were about 2 miles from Viv’s house, merging from one highway onto the next. Over the barricade I saw the sleek curved roof of another sports car, followed shortly by Viv saying “ Oh hell yea”. As Viv was scurrying to get the computer set up for the car, I was finally able to see a grey Dodge Viper hard top right next to us as we merged. What are the odds? We didn’t see any other fast cars while we were out, and 1 min from exiting to be at his house, there it is…. a V-10 monster ready to play. Let the games begin!!!!
We ran with the Viper 3 times. The first run was pretty much like most of the races I’ve been with Vivek on. Both cars hit it from about 40 mph or so, and Viv pulled away and kept pulling away. By 120mph or so, the Viper was several lengths back and the race was over. The second run right after that one was pretty similar, but the Viper was able to hang a little longer before falling back. He would later tell us that he had some problems shifting on the first two races. The third race was the best race. Viv was always pulling away from him the whole time, but until well over 100mph, the viper was with in one car length. After that Viv really started to pull away. All thing races were won by high margin by the Supra. It just so happened that after that race the Viper exited on the same exit that takes you to Viv’s house. Viper guy ended up coming to Viv’s place to check out the car and talk for a while. Here is where Viv and I had different feelings:
I was impressed because Viv beat the viper handily on 3 races… the viper never had a chance other than the first few seconds of the last race..and even then he wasn’t doing much more than not losing ground as fast as he was before. Viv did that with 3 people in the car (lots of extra weight)! Viv was worried because he felt like even though he won, he should have won by an even bigger margin against a stock Viper. I think his name was Kevin (Vivek, help me remember!!!), anyway, we talked with him for a while and it was clear that he was surprised that he lost the race. He checked out Viv’s car and all of the modifications that Viv had made… then it occurred to me that we didn’t ask him if his car was stock. When I finally asked he chuckled for a second, and then said “uh..nooooo”. It turns out that this was a pretty bad ass Viper with a monster Roe supercharger, fuel system, headers and the whole works. In theory this car should have beaten the Supra, or at least run right with it even if it was on a lower power setting. So…. We run into a blown Viper just before it’s time to park the car after performance testing it for the first time in years…. Can anyone really argue that Jesus doesn’t love Vivek?
For more about Viv’s car with data/video and all sorts of good stuff, visit LilViv.com
Novie’s page clicky