Thursday, February 12, 2009

Update: Concerning Viper Spin Out Incident

I have removed the spin out photos and previous post by request. It turns out as one of the commenters suspected, the Dodge Viper was in town for a photoshoot. What I did not realize until today, was that a division of my own company in a different studio space, was the one using the car for promotional photos. As it turns out the driver of the vehicle actually had years of experience with powerful cars and even race track driving. However, the Viper was the first car he felt nerve wracked to be driving around for the photoshoots.

The car is notoriously hard to control with an out of this world tremendous accelerating power under the hood (Can do 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and through the quarter-mile in only 11.8 seconds, holy crap), has a sensitive pedal and a light frame. In the driver's considerable time with the company he has never previously had such an incident with one of the sports cars and is otherwise known to be a conscientious driver. The car is still in town, but they have got someone else to drive it, and the original driver, whose name I will not mention, was very shaken up by his loss of control of the vehicle.

So the moral is there is always two sides to a story, and that Dodge Vipers are by design, insanely powerful, but incredibly difficult to control. So if by chance you see one of these rare beasts of a machine on the road, give it some breathing room, and that goes if you are driving, cycling, or even just standing on the sidewalk. I hope the video game likeness of the Viper is thrill enough for most people, and I'm glad the bar for entry of ownership is so high (2009 MSRP: $88,590-89,340).

To clarify, I did not mean to absolve the driver of responsibility, it is ultimately regardless of the kind of vehicle or circumstance, a drivers responsibility to drive safely. Inspired by witnessing this spectacular wipe out of a Dodge Viper making a simple right turn, I'm considering later writing a more detailed post concerning high end performance cars on the road.


jonathan h said...

classic. Way to be both writer and character - outside and in.

Greg said...

The problem is that american muscle cars have no suspension and traction. My friend crashed a Viper in Buena Park right after it rained. Bought a Ferrari that was crashed(his parents owned a body shop) fixed it up and it was a total night and day difference on control. My brother has a 2002 Corvette, again horrible control.

el grizz said...