Up close with the new SRT Viper
America bites back! How Detroit's scariest sports car sharpened its fangs
Posted: 15 Jun 2012
Once under the bonnet, you can’t help but notice the extra ironmongery webbing its merry way across the enormous engine bay. A piece Russ Ruedisueli – head of SRT Motorsports Engineering – is particularly proud of.
“We learned a lot from Viper race cars we’ve built with crossbraces. That’s why that’s there, and I think it’s a beautiful piece. The combination of the clamshell hood, the exposed carbon underneath, and the crossbrace – it’s a big moment when you open up that hood and show it off to folks.”
And not just for car-park bragging rights, either – the ‘Spidey’ (as the Viper team refer to it) contributes to a car that’s 50 per cent stiffer than the previous generation. Now, obviously 50 per cent stiffer than, say, a mattress, is still not particularly stiff and is just a very stiff mattress.