In January, Chrysler had announced that they were crushing 93 of the very first Dodge Vipers that were built. Most of these cars were donated to technical schools and were not road legal. As Mopar Blog reported in March, South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington refused to see their car crushed and started an online petition. Well, good news. It worked! Carbuzz is reporting that, due to the petition the resulting local news coverage, Chrysler has decided not to crush the car and is currently working with the school to arrive at a solution.
The recent running of the 12 hours of Sebring brought SRT some limited success with the number 93 Viper GTS-R finishing second in the GTLM class. The number 91 Viper finished seventh. The 13th lap saw Viper pilot Ben Keating’s car ignite after what appears to be a fuel leak. No injuries were reported and the fire crew learned to always park upwind of a burning car. Find more info at autoevolution. Video after the jump!
Remember this video we posted in January of a Viper being destroyed? Well it wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last. According to Jalopnik, Fiat-Chrysler plans to destroy 93 of the first Dodge Vipers ever built. These are mostly pre-production vehicles, and many had been donated to educational programs. But they are a liability, so Fiat-Chrysler wants them gone. Next up is Vin #4 (pictured below). Want to save it? Sign the petition!
Viper has a new color for 2014 called Stryker Green. Painting a Viper actually takes approximately 8 hours to complete! This new shade is available on the new-for-2014 Viper GT which is equipped with Nappa leather seats, five-mode Electronic Stability Control, and two-mode Bilstein® DampTronic Select suspension. More detail at Allpar.