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Ralph Gilles Confirms 2013 Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper died a quick and ignominious death shortly after Fiat partnered with Chrysler, though even then there was talk that the car would be revived for 2012. With production at the car’s Conner Avenue assembly plant finally coming to an end earlier this year, all eyes have shifted towards the launch of the next iteration of the car and the man who will make it happen, Dodge boss Ralph Gilles.

Previously, Gilles boasted that the Viper would be back in 2012, infused with Fiat Group DNA–think Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari–and most likely a lighter chassis and more fuel efficient powertrain. Gilles has now gone a step further, confirming that the Dodge Viper will return in the summer of 2012 as a 2013 model.
Speaking with The Detroit News, Gilles explained that the new Viper “is not based on anything else,” quashing speculation that the car will share its underpinnings with a Ferrari model or the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

“Where the cabin is, relative to the wheels, is unique,” said Gilles who is also head of design. “The Viper cabin is very rearward and the hood is very long. Few cars in the industry are designed with those proportions anymore.”

One thing’s for certain, the 640 horsepower 8.4-liter V-10 of the current model will be replaced with a new engine. “There won’t be a part of the car that’s untouched,” Gilles said. There’s no official word on what this new engine will be but there’s rumor that it will be a variation of Chrysler’s new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 but with some form of forced induction.

The other major change is that the new Viper will be a softer and more forgiving beast. “I want the new Viper to be a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people. We’ve never had stability control on a high-performance car, which is about to happen on the new car,” Gilles revealed.

We’ll keep you updated on news of the 2013 Dodge Viper as it breaks.
Pictured above is the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X that was unveiled back at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Built specifically with road courses in mind, the ACR-X offers the best of the Viper ACR with some of the performance enhancements of the Viper Competition Coupe and some extra safety gear.
[The Detroit News]

Next-Gen Dodge Viper Training For ‘Super Car Olympics’

The long, cold and snowy winter presented a perfect environment for the ultimate American-built sports car and icon of the Dodge brand’s performance car lineup to prepare for its imminent return. Using a 2010 chassis as a test subject, SRT engineers expanded the development scope for the next generation Dodge Viper to include stability control tuning for the first time. The development comes just in time for the next “Super Car Olympics,” sure to take place late in 2012 when the all-new performance icon returns.

Dodge Teases New 2013 Viper, Confirms Addition of Stability Control

Fret not, Viper faithful, for you have not been forsaken. In fact, Dodge released an image earlier this morning showing a development mule for the new 2013 Viper sports coupe being put through its paces by engineers.

Yes, the prototype shown here sliding through snow banks is little more than a 2011 model, but Chrysler’s own release notes its engineering teams currently developing the car, which includes sorting and testing an electronic stability control system (which explains the frozen power slide shown above). Vipers have previously been devoid of such an electronic nanny thus far, but will need it in order to meet a federal mandate requiring ESP beginning in 2012.

We expect the revived Viper to be labeled as a 2013 model, although its launch could come months before the new year. Chrysler’s own release indicates the new serpentine super car will debut and launch in “late 2012.” For Viper lovers, that day can’t come soon enough.

In the meantime, the previous car continues to delight owners and racer alike. In fact, a 2010 Viper ACR recently set a record lap of the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. With road racer Kuno Wittmer behind the wheel, the street-legal ACR lapped the 3.048-mile course in 1:59.995, besting the previous production car lap record — set by Jan Magnussen in a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 — by four seconds.

Dodge Viper ACR Destroys Corvette ZR1′s Miller Motorsports Park Lap Record

The Dodge Viper ACR does it again. On Monday, April 11, Kuno Wittmer drove a production spec ACR to a new lap record at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah; in the process breaking the 2-minute mark for the very first time.

Running on Miller’s 3.048 mile outer course; Wittmer crossed the finish line in just 1 minute 59.995 seconds; pulverizing the previous lap record set by Jan Magnussen in a Corvette ZR1 (Magnussen’s best was 2.03.86 – almost a full four seconds slower!).

Although having already spent much time driving Viper ACRs; Montreal native Wittmer continues to be impressed by the car’s capability. After his record-setting escapade, he remarked, “the [Viper ACR] is such a blast to drive at the limit and I can honestly say I didn’t leave an inch out there on the track and was barely braking in the corners!”

Wittmer’s latest record, joins a growing list of accomplishments for the Viper ACR, which so far include track records at Laguna Seca and the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife (since surpassed), where Dutch driver Tom Coronel piloted one to a lap time of just 7 minutes 22 seconds!

2013 Dodge Viper testing is under way

By GREG MIGLIORE on 4/15/2011

Dodge boss Ralph Gilles made an interesting comment at the Chicago auto show. Dressed in a black blazer and a “made in Detroit” T-shirt, he cracked, “My Dodge Viper is in training for the supercar Olympics. It’s gone for a couple of years.”

That’s more than a glib comment. And Chrysler again confirmed on Friday that the Viper will return late next year. A press release said testing is under way, “for the supercar Olympics,” and a 2010 chassis is being used for development purposes.

But purists may cringe at this nugget of news: Chrysler said stability control will be used for the first time on the next generation of the Viper.

The Viper went out of production last year after an 18-year run during which it was largely unchanged. But it remained a favorite of enthusiasts with its racing-bred styling and 600-hp V10.

The next car is expected to include Italian flair with American chutzpah. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne closed a dealer presentation last fall with the reveal of a concept Viper, which several sources told AutoWeek carried an Italian theme.

Viper SRT10 ACR Rewrites the Record Books!

The Dodge Viper may be out of production and only the last few remain at a handful of Dodge Dealerships, but it’s still setting lap records wherever it shows its fangs. Last Monday, veteran road racer Kuno Wittmer took a production street legal Viper to the world class Miller Motorsports park in Tooele, Utah and blazed a new lap record. Wittmer drove his venomous V10 powered ride around the 3.048 mile course in just under two minutes – 1:59.995 to be exact. This shattered the previous times that were held by a ZR1 Corvette by more than three seconds.

Our Viper SRT10 ACR has set lap records from the rolling hills of California’s Laguna Seca to the infamous Nürburgring nestled near the majestic Eifel Mountains in Germany. The ACR package is a finely tuned machine and makes for a great track car that you can drive home.

“It’s amazing to come to this world-class track and shatter the production car lap record by almost 4 seconds,” said our Bryan Viger who heads up Dodge Motor sports. “We brought our street-legal Viper ACR to see what Kuno could do behind the wheel, and on his second lap he’d already gone faster than the single lap record.”

A veteran behind the wheel of the Viper on and off the track, Wittmer continues to be impressed by the performance of the Dodge Viper ACR. “Wow, what an awesome super car!” the Montreal native said after he climbed out of the cockpit. “The Viper ACR is such a blast to drive at the limit, and I can honestly say that I didn’t leave an inch out there on the track and was barely braking in the corners.”

The Viper plant may be idle for now, but the legacy of the vehicles that rolled off its line is still rewriting the record books at race tracks around the world.

Kuno Wittmer Record Dodge Viper ACR Lap



Driver Kuno Wittmer breaks the lap record at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele Valley, Utah in a Dodge Viper ACR. Wittmer piloted a street legal 2010 Dodge Viper ACR to a record lap of 1:59.995 (91.444 MPH average) on Monday, April 11, 2011, breaking the 2-minute mark for the first time in a production car on the 3.048-mile Outer Course configuration. The Viper ACR shattered the previous production car lap record of 2:03.86, held by Jan Magnussen in a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 by close to 4 full seconds.

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Does It Again: Kuno Wittmer Sets Production Car Lap Record at Miller Motorsports Park

Wittmer breaks two-minute mark for first time in street-legal, production vehicle

April 14, 2011 , Tooele, Utah – The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (American Club Racer) has made history at yet another storied road course.

Renowned Dodge road racer Kuno Wittmer piloted a street legal 2010 Dodge Viper ACR to a record lap of 1:59.995 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, on Monday, April 11, breaking the 2-minute mark for the first time in a production car on the 3.048-mile Outer Course configuration. The Viper ACR shattered the previous production car lap record of 2:03.86, held by Jan Magnussen in a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 by close to 4 full seconds.

“It’s amazing to come to this world-class track and shatter the production car lap record by almost 4 seconds,” said Bryan Viger, Head of Dodge Motorsports. “We brought our street-legal Viper ACR to see what Kuno could do behind the wheel, and on his second lap he’d already gone faster than the single lap record.”

A veteran behind the wheel of the Viper on and off the track, Wittmer continues to be impressed by the performance of the Dodge Viper ACR. “Wow, what an awesome supercar!” the Montreal native said after exiting the car. “The Viper ACR is such a blast to drive at the limit, and I can honestly say that I didn’t leave an inch out there on the track and was barely braking in the corners.”

This latest achievement joins a growing list of track records for the Dodge Viper ACR. In November 2009, SRT vehicle dynamics engineer Chris Winkler lapped the 2.238-mile, Laguna Seca raceway in 1:33.92, beating the previous record by 1.1 seconds. Dutch driver Tom Coronel set a 7:22.1 production car record at the 12.9-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife in August 2008.

Dodge Viper ACR
The Dodge Viper ACR remains the ultimate purpose-built, street-legal track car since its introduction in 2008.

Powered by the venerable 8.4-liter, V-10 engine with 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque, the Dodge Viper ACR continues to offer extreme performance, including 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 4 seconds, quarter-mile time in the mid 11-second range and 0-100-0 mph in 11 seconds flat.

The four-wheel independent suspension features high-performance aluminum control arms and knuckles, KW suspension with two-way adjustable competition coil-over shock absorbers with remote reservoirs.

The aerodynamic package features a carbon fiber “fanged” splitter in front and adjustable carbon-fiber wing with seven-position stanchions that allow up to an amazing 1,000 lbs. of downforce at 150 mph. Lightweight wheels, two-piece slotted StopTech brake rotors and Michelin PS Cup tires round out the ACR package.

For the 2010 model year, the Dodge Viper ACR received a shorter fifth gear ratio (changing from 0.74 to 0.80) for improved high-speed acceleration and higher straightaway speeds. A new short-throw shifter also came in 2010 models for enhanced driver experience and better performance. The rear wing profile and end plates were also redesigned to further optimize the vehicle aerodynamics and improve rear yaw downforce. These changes resulted in an increase in top speed of 4 mph (to 184 mph).

About the Dodge brand
Dodge is a full line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that are agile, daring, sensible and inventive. The brand is on a tear for the 2011 model year, redefining itself with six all-new or significantly redesigned new vehicles, introducing new lifestyle packages designed to better meet the needs of its customers, launching catchy new ads that have started conversations with owners and potential owners, actively participating in new events and sponsorships and developing relationships with its long-loyal enthusiast base, as well as reaching out to customers who want cars that leave them wanting more.

For the 2011 model year, the Dodge brand is filling dealer showrooms with a vast array of new and updated products. The Dodge product line includes the all-new Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger, significantly revamped Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger, and the Dodge Caliber and Dodge Nitro.

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