Posts Tagged ‘SRT’

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    2012 SRT Lineup  by Patrick Rall I recently had a chance to speak with Ralph Gilles, the CEO and President of the new high performance SRT brand. In discussing the past of the Street and Racing Technology lineup, Gilles stated that there were some vehicles that they would not do again, if given the chance.  …

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    Larry Jewett

    SRT Brand and Motorsports President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant in 2010. The plant is being re-opened for the new Viper.

     Chrysler Group LLC will reopen its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit for the production of the next generation SRT Viper. With the plant’s reopening, nearly 150 jobs, both hourly and salaried, will return to the City of Detroit. The Conner facility was idled when production of the Dodge Viper ended in July 2010.
    “The next generation Viper will make its return to the product lineup in late 2012 as a 2013 model,” said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’re extremely excited that our ultimate American sports car will continue to live on and be produced exclusively here in the Motor City.”
    Current Chrysler Group hourly employees who previously worked at Conner were first offered the opportunity to return to their home plant. The balance of the positions will be filled by hourly employees volunteering to transfer to the Conner Avenue plant.
    In preparation for the reopening, the Conner facility will begin its transformation by implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a system that is focused on reducing waste and making continuous improvements throughout the assembly process to improve quality and productivity.

    Viper production began in May 1992 at the New Mack Assembly Plant, then moved to the Conner Avenue site in October 1995. All Vipers that rolled off the line were hand-built in a low-volume, modular process. Over the course of 15 years, Conner Avenue employees built about 12 vehicles a day for a total of 22,070 Vipers.

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    We already congratulated the SRT boys for delivering the goods at the Mount Everest of race tracks, but now we have the opportunity to step into the 2010 Viper ACR as it torches Nürburgring production car record. After the jump, check out the amazing video of the fastest production car ever to tame to the …

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    by Patrick Rall The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 has carried the SRT name on its own while the company worked on the new SRT variants of the Charger, Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. And after gallantly carrying such a load, Chrysler has announced some new additions for 2012 that will make a great muscle …

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    Chat with SRT CEO Ralph Gilles! On Thursday, September 1st, the newly formed high performance SRT Brand will offer a live online chat hosted by SRT CEO Ralph Gilles and a handful of SRT engineers.