New 2014 SRT Viper TA Strikes Back! [Ignition Episode 58]
On this episode of Ignition, Jonny Lieberman heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to find out if the new SRT Viper TA has what it takes to knock the ZR1 off the podium as the fastest production car around the track.
Chrysler CEO to Auction Off his Customized Challenger SRT8 for Charity
Sergio Marchionne will soon say goodbye to his beloved 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 as it will go up for auction, alongside Mopar’s latest 426 HEMI V8 crate engine. Both items will go under the hammer at the April 4-6 Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida.
Marchionne’s one-of-a-kind pitch black 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 comes with a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes, a lowered suspension that uses a Mopar adjustable coil-over kit and a Mopar exhaust system.
The smoked taillights and 392 HEMI fender badges re-created in gloss and satin black finishes contribute to the car’s aggressive appearance, as well as the factory forged 20-inch wheels with a matte black finish.
The Chrysler and Fiat CEO will have to learn to live without the grunt of the 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 engine that delivers a hefty 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. He will surely miss its 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of less than 5 seconds and its quarter-mile time of under 13 seconds. Fuel economy is not bad either, at 23 mpg (10.2 liters/100 km) on the highway thanks to the car’s six-speed manual transmission.
The money raised from the auction will go to United Way for Southeastern Michigan to be used for education, income and basic needs of people in the Detroit area.
Scott Thomas, of Oklahoma City, received the keys to 2013 SRT Viper #001 in a special ceremony Jan. 10, 2013, at Conner Assembly in Detroit, where the Viper is produced. Among those on hand were Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC and Ralph Gilles, President and CEO SRT Brand. Video contains excerpts from the ceremony, remarks from Marchionne and a comment from Thomas.
Thomas earned the honor of being owner of the first of the new Vipers after having the winner $300,000 bid during a Barrett-Jackson auction last year, benefiting the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
2013 SRT Viper GTS: The Beast is Back! - Ignition Episode 47
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago finally tests the eagerly anticipated 2013 SRT Viper. Carlos runs the Viper through the gauntlet of Motor Trend’s instrumented performance tests, while professional racing driver Randy Pobst hits the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racetrack to see if he can charm the snake.