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Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant – Where the Viper Gets Its Vroom: Images & Video 11
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 SRT Viper, Automotive, Chrysler, SRT, video, Viper on 01 11th, 2013

Just as the first production SRT Viper rolls off of the assembly line, The New York Times Magazine gets a first-hand view of Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit – ‘Where the Viper Gets Its Vroom’.

The Conner Avenue Plant is said to produce 12 cars a day all from a staff of 150 employees. Shared with us today are exclusive photos and a production video of the first few SRT Vipers rolling off of the new line headed to their lucky owners.

Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than three years during the automaker’s bankruptcy. Later this month, the factory’s first Viper — considered a “halo” vehicle, built to enhance a company’s image rather than drive sales — will roll off the line. A worker at Conner, Mike Chapman, says that “you’re more like a craft person than a line worker” there, while at other plants “you’re pretty much like a robot.” Elsewhere, workers spend less than a minute on each car; at Conner, they spend a half-hour on each car. And with almost no automation in place, the loudest sounds are the roars of a Viper’s engine. – Sonari Glinton

Video Link here!


[source: The New York Times Magazine]


Photographed: NARRA Viper Days at Daytona International Speedway 27
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Daytona, Dodge, Dodge Viper, Dodge Viper ACR-X, Events, Viper, Viper ACR-X on 10 27th, 2011

This past weekend our photographer, Brandon Connelly, was at Daytona International Speedway for NARRA Viper Days. With it being Viper days there was quite the abundance of ACRs, ACR-Xs as well as a small number of Competition Coupes on hand. Each day at about 4pm there was a Viper Cup race as well for the actual race series, some of you may have seen it on Speed in the past.

This event also had PBOC along with it as well so it brought out some regular track day drivers as well. Flat Out Motorsports was on hand for this event logging some solid track time in at the speedway with the 99 Viper GTS, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera 560-4, and a Supercharged Viper SRT-10. On the track as well was an Orange Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera 570-4 which was driven by Viper Cup driver Jim Booth. Jim was pushing the Lamborghini to the limits as he ran a lap time of 1:59 in it and even at one point lifted a tire off the track.

Stay tuned to the site as in two weeks time we will have coverage from Brandon as he heads out to Daytona once more for the exotic car event of the year, Italian Cars at Daytona. This event tracks cars like Enzos, Veyrons, all sorts of Lamborghinis and other Ferraris. It is bound to be spectacular and we’re sure Brandon is going to bring back some amazing photos.

Here are a few of Brandon’s photos from the event. Be sure to check out the rest via his Flickr feed.


Record Setting Dodge Viper ACR Nurburgring Video 27
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Dodge, Dodge Viper, video, Viper on 09 27th, 2011

As promised, we are bringing you the official Viper ACR Nurburgring record setting video.

The 7:12.13 time set by a Dodge Viper ACR holds the record as the fastest production vehicle around the Green Hell and we have the video to prove it below. Enjoy!

[sources: Viperclub, DriveSRT]

Drag Racing Ferrari 458 Starts Race In Reverse 11
Posted by overdrivetv in Dodge, drag, Ferrari, mile, Off Topic, quarter, race, reverse, Videos, Viper on 08 11th, 2011

It is incredibly ironic, I feel, that you can buy a new Audi R8 with a good old fashioned, solid steel, open H-gate gearshift, but you cannot buy a new Ferrari with the gearshift they helped make the object of boyhood dreams. Well at least my boyhood dreams. Ferrari don’t even make a manual transmission for this car.

This driver might have been wishing they had, as he’s in reverse for the start of this race against a Dodge Viper. The Viper does start off with a massive burnout, which might have made the Ferrari driver a bit nervous, overlooking the large R on the display. Well that was embarrassing.

If both cars are stock, its likely the Ferrari would have edged the Viper over the quarter mile as it reaches 100km/h from standstill in 3.4 compared to the Viper’s 4.6. But then again, if you’re going to race an old Viper against a new 458, chances are you’ve done a little work under the bonnet. Tuning company Hennessy has been known to extract 1000hp from the old buck.

Let us know if you’ve seen the Ferrari 458 matched up against anything special lately. Post videos below!

Ciro De Siena – OverdriveTV

Dodge Viper Revival Sees Hiccups 30
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Dodge Viper, Supplier, Viper on 06 30th, 2011

It seems like there’s a bit of trouble at the Chrysler stables. Plans to launch the revived model of the popular Dodge Viper have been stalled, at least for the time being. The news comes from Street Racing Technology CEO Ralph Gilles who has been quoted as saying that Chrysler is having trouble finding suppliers to build elements for its high-end model.

Dodge 1 Dodge Viper Revival Sees Hiccups

As you would already know, Viper used to be one of the out-of-age model cars, first produced in 1991 and one of the first to employ V10 engines.  The company is having problems even as it looks for suppliers.

With low production vehicles seeing a dip, many of the suppliers are on the hunt for big accounts. But then, Viper seems not to be able to cope up with that demand.

However, Viper also could see some ray of hope, with the car maker bent on developing the model for roll out in late 2012.