The 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) was created for road-race drivers; it is a limited edition. The suspension on the Viper TA was upgraded and tuned for on-track usage, with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. A two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension has firmer damping and a smaller spread between modes than the current Viper GTS. Dampers, springs, and stabilizer bars have been retuned, while the aluminum X-brace was replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace.
“The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level,” said SRT CEO Ralph Gilles. “Our engineers revised the suspension settings to refocus the Viper specifically for track duty, using a blend of components from the GTS and the SRT models, add in the extensively developed aero package and the new Time Attack package is born.”
While the TA was announced earlier, SRT has now added that the car has new Brembo two-piece, 32-mm-wide high-thermal-capacity rotors and pads. The carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler boost downforce up to 7 times more at 150 mph. The curb weight was determined to be 3,390 pounds.
Very few of the cars are planned — 93 in “TA Orange,” 33 in black, and 33 in white. It is due to arrive at dealerships before the end of 2013. That’s still better than the original announcement of 33 cars, total, all in orange.
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]