Fast, but Not Furious

Van Conway is the president and CEO of Conway MacKenzie, a Birmingham, Michigan-based consulting and advisory firm.

Van Conway is the president and CEO of Conway MacKenzie, a Birmingham, Michigan-based consulting and advisory firm.

You might imagine that someone who is the president and CEO of a firm like that would consider, oh, fly fishing to be an extreme sport.

Maybe that’s the case.

But not for Van Conway.

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A blue Viper.  Not the ConMar Racing Blue Viper.

You see, Conway grew up in Detroit. And one of the things that must come out of the taps supplied by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. is something that makes you like cars. Fast cars.

Like a 2006 twin-turbo Dodge Viper SRT10 that, Conway says, can generate as much as 2,000 hp. That’s not a typo. Of course, it doesn’t keep that pace for long, but in the world of straight-line racing, it’s long enough to get it done.  (And the word from Conway is that 3,000 rpm isn’t out of the question.  Seriously.)

Conway and David Mardigian, CEO of MCM Management Corp., a demolition contractor, operate ConMar Racing.

And the Viper is one of the cars they campaign at places like the Texas Invitational, which attracts Gallardos and GT-Rs (ConMar has those, too), and Corvettes and Mustangs, and all manner of other cars that go fast.

Conway, on this edition of “Autoline After Hours,” tells host John McElory, freelance auto journalist and hot rod expert Jim McCraw and me all about the straight-line racing phenomenon and how Nth Moto, a Minnesota-based tuning operation that routinely deals with supercars, transformed the Viper into the beast that it is.

Oh, one more thing about that car: It is street legal. It has a passenger’s seat. It was driven to the studio.

And yet it can routinely go over 200 mph.

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Sketch of the Audi e-tron quattro concept.

In addition to which, McElroy, McCraw and I discuss the week’s news, including Toyota’s plans for no-haggle car shopping, Audi’s e-tron quattro concept and the implications for Tesla, and more.

And you can see it all here: