Nice little article. My twin brother had a classmate that worked on the Viper program while he attended GMI (Kettering). About the same time I was asked to hand assembling the first 2 prototype radiators for a new V10 Dodge.
It's not a Chevy, but it's nice to see how this car has evolved over the years. It's Chrysler's version of a sports car and It's American made.
I love reading this one (it never outright answers the question):
"Question: The Corvette ZR1 at around 100 grand is the only competition for this, right?
Herb Helbig: Let's be honest: the race has always been between us and Corvette--and it's been a beautiful thing. I mean, when you think about the magic of competition between guys like the Corvette guys and the Viper guys, we're really the same guys under the skin. I feel for them, because they've got more bureaucracy and more suits in their deal, so that's an advantage for us.
But covertly or not, it's always been about the Corvette and us. I mean, think about why the ZO6 ever came to be born. Why do you think the Blue Devil was ever conceived of? Because Bob Lutz said, "I don't want you to get your ass kicked by those guys over at Viper. Oh, by the way, they've been kicking your ass!" It's always been about that.
The Blue Devil guys are going to have to bring some pretty serious stuff to compete with this. And it's more than just sticking a supercharger on.
But those guys are like us. They're guys just like Mike and Matt and myself back there twiddlin' away, trying to figure out how to one-up us. And, you know, it doesn't get any better than that these days!
We've got to consider this car is an urban weapon, is what I like to call it. This is a serious piece of machinery, this is not just a grocery-getter."
Serious piece of gas-guzzling, overpriced machinery.
I remember when Viper finally got a engine with over 500 HP because the guys behind it didn't like a Z06 that could beat a Viper and was like half the price.
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