The Viper stunned Americans by showing that Dodge, whose cars were all front-wheel drive (and mostly powered by four-cylinder engines), could make a raw, brutal, V10-powered car that could run with the best. Team Viper went a step further at Le Mans, proving that an American car could handle turns, too; so well that it won its class, repeatedly, at a fraction of the cost of the cars it beat.
Author David Zatz covers the transition from a concept to a rough and brutal rocket to a world-class supercar, and includes every generation. The story also tells of the rough times when the entire Viper business could have been sold to the highest bidder, and considers alternative paths the 2013-17 Viper might have taken.
This is not just a gushing tribute to the Dodge Viper, the author provides an objective view of the full story, using business, historical, and enthusiast perspectives. The book looks at the business case for each generation, the development stories and their outcomes, and describes some of the issues owners may have to watch out for, particularly in the early models.
The complete history covering all the Viper years
Includes the ‘Viper-powered’Dodge Ram SRT-10 and Dodge Tomahawk
Also features some related Chrysler concept cars
Based on past works, archive material, tech documents, and interviews with people inside and outside of Chrysler, past and present
Includes coverage of the two factories – Mack and Conner
Tells the stories (some contradictory!) of how the original concept was created and approved as a real production car
Talks about some of the issues owners should look out for
Illustrated with colour photos of each generation
Covers the ‘almost sale’ of the Viper rights and plant
Written by the founder and original publisher of Allpar.com
Author: David Zatz Format: Hardcover, 136 pages. ISBN: 978-1-787117-49-5