While the 2013 SRT Viper shares more than just a slight resemblance to the last-generation Dodge Viper, SRT has reengineered the latest snake to better compete with its competition. On this Feature Flick, the SRT team responsible for the Viper’s updates give new insight into how they improved the new supercar.
Graham Henckel, Viper chief engineer, explains how SRT addressed complaints about the previous car’s interior, attempting to bring the new Viper up to the standard of its European competitors. We learn from Russ Ruedisueli, Chrysler’s director of core vehicle development, how the team worked to increase structural rigidity and stability while reducing weight.
Viper powertrain development engineer Dick Winkles speaks about how the team reduced engine weight while Ralph Gilles, CEO and president of SRT, explained how the Viper’s basic shape reflects a form follows function approach, with improved heat management and aerodynamics.