By Patrick Rall
The second in the series of in-depth videos on the 2013 SRT
Viper focuses on the exterior design, walking us through the key design points
of the new Viper and how they improve both the look and performance of the new
The goal of the design team was to build a voluptuous,
beautiful vehicle and while we likely all agree that they did just that – this video
opens with 2013 SRT Viper Chief Designer Mark Trostle explaining how the most
eye-grabbing details are as functional as they are aesthetic. The 2013 Viper was first made as a clay
model, which is a fairly normal part of the process but CEO Ralph Gilles asked
the team to take that one step further – producing an identical replica of the
Viper out of sculpted foam.
The video touches on features of the 2013 Viper like the
hood, the double bubble roofline, the integrated brake duct in the rear pillar,
the side exit exhaust and the ultra sleek roofline – pointing out along the way
the inspiration and theory behind the different shapes of the Viper.
Finally, this video gives us the first good look at the
exterior lighting of the 2013 SRT Viper.
Exterior design manager Scott Krugger takes us through the various
operations of the headlights and taillights, including the LED daytime running lights,
turn signal indicators and the sexy new taillights with the amber turn signals
wrapped in the angular stop lamps.
Without further delay, enjoy the second in the series of 2013 SRT Viper design videos!