Dodge Viper

Dodge Viper

  The Dodge Viper had four long generations spanning from 1992-2010. There were actually no 2010 models, only extended 2009 models, and 2011 saw zero production Vipers at all. Dodge is planning on picking up the Viper once again in 2012 with a fresh look and feel. The Viper came in two different trims: the SRT10 and the ACR. The 8.4L V10 powered Viper delivered 600 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque, and was mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 0-60mph sprint was done in fewer than four seconds, while the quarter mile came in at 11 seconds. Careful with this one though, it doesn't come with electronic stability control.

The metamorphosis of a car like the Dodge Viper from its standard ACR model to the beastly race track machine ACR-X is quite a fascinating sight to see. In this video, we’re going to see exactly how a Dodge ACR-X is born.

For starters, it’s worth noting that the ACR-X is completed at the same facility as the Viper Competition Coupe race cars, except that unlike the latter, which is built from scratch in this facility, the ACR-X is assembled at the plant’s Conner Ave. facility and sent over to this place to be retrofitted with a bunch of standard racing kits like a roll cage, competition fuel cell, fire suppression system, brake cooling ducts, a larger front brake rotor, extra dive planes, and larger brakes, effectively turning it into a slithering 640 horsepower track-ready machine. One thing that the two models have in common is the racing seat, which is used in both models and has had a lot of safety developments done on it.

According to Gary Johnson, Dodge Motorsports’ road racing manager, the whole process of building an ACR-X costs about half of what it normally costs to build the Competition Coupes. He also mentions that each of the cars are sold to individual customers where they can choose their own color for the car as well as what size of seat - Dodge is offering two sizes - they’d want put in.

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Here’s a little secret you might not have known about the Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing ; it turns out that before the SLS AMG became the supercar of our dreams, it was originally pegged to be the next-generation Dodge Viper . Hard to come to grips with? Not so much if you really think about it.

According to Inside Line, the car’s all-aluminum chassis and new suspension design was already in the oven for the next-gen Viper when Mercedes decided to put the SLS AMG in the development pipeline as well. The big thing to remember here is that, at that time, Daimler still owned Chrysler and had the means to borrow some of Chrysler’s brand designs, including that of the next-generation Viper.

Continued after the jump

Source: Inside Line

You might believe that a race between a Dodge Viper and a Mitsubishi Evo 9 is not exactly the most appropriate match-up, but you will be surprised to find out that the Evo 9 did quite well at the Blackhawk farms raceway.

The Dodge Viper is powered by an 8.4 Liter V10 power plant that produces 600 HP and 560 lb-ft of torque that rocket the engine with wheels from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds, run the quarter mile in the mid 11 second range before hitting a top speed of 202 MPH.

The Mitsubishi Evo 9 is powered by an all-aluminum 2.0-liter turbocharged/intercooled engine that produces a measly 291hp at 6,500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,400 rpm.

Looking at the statistics on paper, one couldn’t even call this a contest. What could the Mitsubishi possibly have on the Viper? Well, we are happy to say that the EVO 9 actually held its own and the race was pretty interesting. Of course, we don’t know what kind of modifications took place under the hood of either one of the two cars, but the race was still fun to watch. We were even treated to some Viper sideways action and a little off course action by the EVO 9. Want to know how the race turned out? Check out the seven minute long video to find out!

There’s nothing we can do about Mother Nature when she decides to unleash her wrath on all of us. That wasn’t any more evident as when she sent down a tornado in Ohio recently that took the lives of seven people and left countless others homeless. And then there’s the matter of property damage. If you have never experienced a tornado before, we definitely would not wish the experience on anyone. Tornados seem to be completely insensitive to lives and property alike. They are destructive in every sense of the word.

One unfortunate owner of a Dodge Viper can attest to Mother Nature’s fury, which pretty much destroyed the Viper beyond repair. Really, look at the photo and tell us if that car can still be salvaged. We didn’t think so.

Source: Jalopnik

Dodge Viper might still go on as a race car only, but its life as a road-legal car is about to be over. And Dodge will offer each dealer the possibility to create their own special editions. There are 50 units allocated for this program, each of them being offered in specific combination.

Three of them (pictured) are: Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Roadster, developed specifically with Woodhouse Dodge in Blair, Neb., featuring a Race Yellow Clear Coat exterior with yellow driver’s stripe; the "Reverse SRT SRT 10 ACR" developed with Tomball Dodge in Tomball, Texas, featuring the reverse color combination of the Snakeskin Green Special Edition introduced earlier this model year; and the Black SRT10 Coupe with Plum Crazy dual racing stripes developed with Roanoke Dodge in Roanoke, Ill.

If you are interested in this program you can go at the Viper Headquarters website and check the various special-edition models.

Press release after the jump.

If Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles has his way, the Dodge Viper will live on, maybe not as a road car, but as a race car - at least until a redesign gets underway. Gilles hinted as much in this video, which was recorded just this week at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway.

According to Gilles, Dodge is looking at the possibility of continuing to build race versions of the Viper, similar to what has been done to the current-generation ACR-X, just to ensure that the Viper name remains afloat until after a new design for a road car gets drawn up. Then again, seeing as the future of the Viper line remains up in the air, there’s no telling when - or even if - that’s going to happen now or anytime soon.

Ever the optimist, Gilles remains hopeful that a a new Viper road car could still find its way into production, hinting that it just might happen somewhere down the road, although not anytime soon. "Racing is a great way to keep the car out front and people appreciating what the car is capable of," he said. "When it’s time to do a successor to the car, hopefully there will be a great fanbase for it."

We’re not arguing your point, Mr. Gilles. When it comes to the Viper, there will always be a great fanbase for it.

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Chrysler announced today that the last special edition Dodge Viper , the SRT10 ACR-X will make its on-track debut in July 2010 in a newly developed spec series called the Dodge Viper Cup, which will be sanctioned by the existing Viper Racing League. The race series will begin at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va and will finish on Oct. 22-24 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, NV.

The winners will be awarded more than $200,000 and Mopar vouchers. Additionally, the 2010 champion will win $25,000, second-place will receive $10,000 and third-place will pay $5,000.

The Dodge Viper ACR-X is powered by SRT-developed 8.4L V10 engine producing 640hp and 605lb.-ft. of torque. It also weighs about 160lbs less to the standard production model. The suspension on this racing beast has also been tuned and aerodynamic upgrades have been added to improve its performance and stability on the track. The ACR-X also features a factory-designed and installed fuel cell, race seat, and factory-designed roll cage. The Dodge Viper SRT 10 ACR-X will also be the only model involved in the new racing series, the Dodge Viper Cup.

"The Dodge Viper ACR-X is simply incredible,” said Gilles. “Owners are going to be blown away by the power and acceleration, and even more surprised at how the ACR-X navigates even the most challenging road courses and how friendly it is to drive at the limit. This is a great package for someone coming out of grassroots racing with a desire to step up to GT level competition.” This should make for an interesting series.

Press release after the jump.

The Exelero is no doubt the greatest vehicle Maybach ever had in its line-up, but there is only one unit in all of the world currently owned by André A. Jackson (who paid like $8 million to get it). So, why would people even dare to make a replica for a model like that? Simple; because anyone in this world would do anything to even just drive the Exelero.

Of course a replica would never be as close to the real thing as one would like it to be, but it could still tame the aches from longing for the real thing. Lucky for those people experiencing this pain, James List has an Exelero replica currently listed and priced at $687,335. It is based off a Dodge Viper sports car and is powered by a 8.3L V10 engine with 800 hp (and not 700HP V12 like the original). Both the interior and exterior can be fully customized to any customer’s wishes.

After the jump: Exelero featured in Jay-Z - Lost One video.

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There’s been a long-standing battle between cars and helicopters to see who can outdo whom (remember the Corvette/Apachee comparison a couple of months ago?). Well, this battle has taken a new twist and, somewhere along the line, you should have known that Top Gear would end up having something to do with it.

Well, your partly right on that one. While Top Gear was in fact responsible for pitting thisDodge Viper against a Cobra attack helicopter, it’s not the original version of Top Gear we’re talking about, but the recently re-launched Top Gear USA.

The show was once again caught taping, this time at the Griffin Spalding County Airport in Georgia, where hosts Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood were accompanied by what looks to be two Viper ACRs and a Cobra attack helicopter. While it’s too presumptious to say that the Viper was able to "out-slither" the Cobra to the finish line, the video taken by a curious spectator seems to suggest so.

Guess we’ll just have to keep tabs on Top Gear USA to find out.

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Lately, it seems that the only thing coming out of our mouths is Sergio Marchionne. This man seems to be making a lot of announcements to either defend the brand or bring out a new model. The news we bring you now is the vehicular kind. It seems that Dodge has decided that the Viper is a car with an important history and it will continue to be offered in their lineup even after the Viper SRT10 Final Edition has been produced. During a press conference, Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne announced that under Fiat Fiat guidance, Dodge will be bolstered internationally as an "American performance" brand — and its linchpins will be the Viper, Challenger and Charger. Pretty good picks if we can say so ourselves.

And to go even further with the speculation it seems that Fiat’s drive for cost and platform synergies will see the next-generation Viper end up as a quasi-Ferrari. The Challenger and Charger ’s platforms will not be touched, but will be borrowed for some interesting future Lancias , Alfas , or Maseratis . Fiat is definitely shaking things up and we can only hope that the consolidation of ideas that they have expressed will pay off in the end. Marchionne seems to be one of the few with a positive outlook and we hope his vision proves to be a valid one.

Source: Straightline

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