I don't remember that either. I do recall Sergio saying at one point that Ferrari would have to stand on it's own laurels and would not artificially hold back the Viper.
Did they misquote Gilles? I don't remember him saying that, but I could've missed it.What about power? That one’s tricky. The last Viper ACR did not feature a power increase, but more than that, we hear there are office politics at work that could keep the ACR tamed. Gilles has remarked in the past that the new Viper wasn’t allowed to exceed the power-to-weight ratio of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, so both cars carry 5.2 pounds per horsepower.
This rumor comes from a tongue-in-cheek remark Gilles made during the unveiling. The only thing the Viper really NEEDs is optional Trofeo R-compound tires. The P-Zero's are great all-around performance tires, but they don't offer near the grip of a Michellin PSC.SouthPawXJ said:https://wot.motortrend.com/corvette-beware-srt-viper-acr-may-debut-in-calendar-year-2014-332275.html
The interesting part is the following:
Did they misquote Gilles? I don't remember him saying that, but I could've missed it.
Niether source has a good track record. I remember quite a few articles by Autoblog that stated the Dart was gonna be based on the Fiat 500!SouthPawXJ said:Good. It was reported on Autoblog as well, referencing the MotorTrend article. I just wasn't sure.
Treadwear ratings are arbitrary... each tire company chooses a tire to call "500" and all other tires they produce are based on that. Besides, P-zero corsas make compromises to dry traction to have better wet weather performance.JRS200x said:Could be... they were just developing a proprietary tire for the Mclaren P1 or whatever it will be called... I dont' see why they couldn't up their game for the ACR as well.
That being said... the treadware rating on the current Viper tires is already astonishingly low for a non R-Compound tire... and lower than the equivalent Michelin. Really, noone is making better tires than Michelin right now..
They are not arbitrary. There is a tire standard produced by the ASTM, and manufacturers test their tires relative to that one.kdaviper said:Treadwear ratings are arbitrary... each tire company chooses a tire to call "500" and all other tires they produce are based on that. Besides, P-zero corsas make compromises to dry traction to have better wet weather performance.
Sadly, it wouldn't be the first time that an owner of Chrysler kibosh'd or restricted a vehicle due to other vehicles "in the family".dakrt99 said:Honestly, I can't imagine a CEO of a international company purposefully holding back the Viper. Gilles did make an off-the-cuff remark about not surpassing Ferrari.