By Patrick Rall
The 2013 SRT Viper is the only American performance car made in the Motor City, with the new Viper (and many before it) being built at the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit. Recently, the folks at the New York Times stopped by the Viper’s lair to watch the crew build the 2013 Viper from beginning to end and they were kind enough to film the process – putting it all into sped-up video for the motoring world to enjoy.
The heart and soul of the 2013 SRT Viper is the 8.4L V10 engine that sends 650 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels and that is where the production video for the new Viper begins. The first 45 seconds or so show the team quickly assembling the engine by hand (with the help of some pneumatic tools) before robots get to work putting the chassis of the car together.The engine is among the first pieces of the puzzle to be installed on the chassis while the brakes and suspension are next added to the base of the chassis. From there, we see the Viper begin to take shape as the firewall, the dashboard and the windshield frame are added followed by the massive wheels are tires – which
we get a great look at as the big meats are bolted up to create a rolling chassis.
Throughout the rest of the video, the 2013 SRT Viper takes shape while giving us a cool look at some features of the car while on the assembly line and around 1:32, a shot of the front end shows what has clearly become the new Viper with the large front mounted air intake scoop menacingly staring at the camera. Shortly after that shot, we see that some lucky guy gets to drive the new Viper in the plant without the body on it which must be an awfully cool experience. The people who work this position technically get to drive every new Viper built…and they get paid to do so.
I could go on and on about how awesome the production video of the 2013 SRT Viper from the New York Times is but I cannot say any more than you will get from watching the 3 minute and 50 second video below.