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Baby-Viper: Gilles off the cuff

According to Drive.com.au’s Toby Hagon, SRT chief Ralph Gilles hinted about creating a ”baby Viper.”  He quoted Gilles as saying:

“Going forward, of course, my dream is to continue making unique SRT products, something like a baby Viper or something like that.”

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From there to actually believing that a baby Viper is being considered is a long leap, but one that Hagon was willing to make. While he admitted that “Gilles wouldn’t be drawn on the chances of a baby Viper or how it would come to life,” Hagon speculated on how a smaller, more efficient Viper could help with fuel economy targets (though Viper’s small production numbers are unlikely to harm Chrysler much), and tossed out the Alfa Romeo 4C and next-generation Mazda MX-5 roadster (which Alfa is working on) as possible platforms.
One could also speculate that the upcoming rear-wheel-drive mid-sized platform to be shared by Alfa Romeo and Dodge would be a good potential chassis, but in all likelihood a true “baby Viper” would require either its own custom designed chassis, or one borrowed from Ferrari.
It is also quite possible that Gilles was making a throwaway remark which has been thoroughly blown out of proportion. In past examples of the “echo chamber” nature of some reporting communities, remarks or speculation are picked up by other sources, and each time one or more provisio is dropped, until it reaches the eyes of a high-circulation print publication. Appearing in print — or on the web site of a print publication — often gives the rumor a level of authenticity it does not deserve, and since these publications usually do not credit “lesser” sources, or condescendingly refer to “blogs,” the writers who originated the story then gain confirmation. In the best case, the attention convinces the manufacturer to actually create the rumored object.
(Thanks, Seth Johnson / whfrat)

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?

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NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

Johnson Clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Allen Johnson has secured his place in the Pro Stock Countdown to the Championship, the six-event series the determines the World Championships of drag racing. Johnson joins Erica Enders-Stevens, who clinched her spot last weekend. Participation is limited to the top ten drivers in each pro class. There were three different top qualifiers in Pro Stock: Johnson had the No....

Steckly scores in National 250

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Three-time series champion Scott Steckly earned his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season Saturday in the National 250 at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, Quebec. Starting from the No. 2 spot, Steckly dominated the race in the No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge, leading for 202 of the 250 laps and beating Alex Guenette and the No....

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