WATCH! Pennzoil’s “THE LAST VIPER…”
Watch Pennzoil say goodbye to an iconic American sports car in The Last Viper.
About THE VIPER from Wiki… The Dodge Viper is a sports car manufactured by Dodge (SRT for 2013 and 2014), a division of FCA US LLC from 1992 through 2017 having taken a brief hiatus from 2010-2013. Production of the two-seat sports car began at New Mack Assembly in 1991 and moved to Conner Avenue Assembly in October 1995.
Although Chrysler considered ending production because of serious financial problems, on September 14, 2010, chief executive Sergio Marchionne announced and showed a new model of the Viper for 2012. In 2014 the Viper was named number 10 on the “Most American Cars” list, meaning 75% or more of its parts are manufactured in the U.S. The Viper was initially conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler’s Advanced Design Studios.
The following February, Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested to Tom Gale at Chrysler Design that the company should consider producing a modern Cobra, and a clay model was presented to Lutz a few months later.
Produced in sheet metal by Metalcrafters, the car appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989. Public reaction was so enthusiastic that chief engineer Roy Sjoberg was directed to develop it as a standard production vehicle.
Sjoberg selected 85 engineers to be “Team Viper”, with development beginning in March 1989. The team asked the then-Chrysler subsidiary Lamborghini to cast a prototype aluminum block for the sports car to use in May.
The production body was completed in the fall, with a chassis prototype running in December. Though a V8 engine was first used in the test mule, the V10, which the production car was meant to use, was ready in February 1990.
Official approval from Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca came in May 1990. One year later, Carroll Shelby piloted a pre-production car as the pace vehicle in the Indianapolis 500 race. In November 1991, the car was released to reviewers with first retail shipments beginning in January 1992.
Daily WHIPSNAPS… Volkswagen, Toyota, Cadillac, Lincoln
What’s coming to the VLOG? Armada, Hyundai Sonata, Volvo S90, Hyundai Elantra
Cool cars abound here at the VLOG. And yesterday, I swapped the NISSAN 370Z for the all new 2017 NISSAN ARMADA this week. But here’s a few others coming to the pad.
2017 NISSAN ARMADA
2017 HYUNDAI SONATA
2017 VOLVO S90
2017 HYUNDAI SONATA
Coming to the VLOG Friday… The 2017 NISSAN 370Z NISMO!
BIG THANKS to Nissan for setting this up for me. Monday is my Birthday and we’ll be rockin’ the 2017 NISSAN 370Z NISMO. Want to know more?
Coming to WHEELS AND WAVES on Sunday!!
BIG THANKS to Toyota for sending us the new MIRAI Hydrogen powered car! It’ll be on display along with the General Lee, WIKD Kustoms 57 Chevy and a very cool surprise from The Automobile Driving Museum. Join us!!
The Toyota Mirai (from mirai (未来?), Japanese for “future”) is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, one of the first such vehicles to be sold commercially. The Mirai was unveiled at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota planned to build 700 vehicles for global sales during 2015. Cumulative sales by mid-February 2017 totaled 2,840 Mirais in Japan, the United States, Europe and United Arab Emirates. The top selling markets are Japan with 1,500 units and the U.S. with 1,200.
Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cycle, the 2016 model year Mirai has a total range of 502 km (312 mi) on a full tank, with a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 66 mpg‑US (3.6 L/100 km; 79 mpg‑imp) equivalent (MPG-equivalent), making the Mirai the most fuel efficient hydrogen fuel cell vehicle rated by the EPA, and the one with the largest range.
Sales in Japan began on 15 December 2014 at a price of ¥6.7 million (~US$57,400) at Toyota Store and Toyopet Store locations. The Japanese government plans to support the commercialization of fuel-cell vehicles with a subsidy of ¥2 million (~US$19,600). Retail sales in the U.S. began in August 2015 at a price of US$57,500 before any government incentives. Deliveries to retail customers began in California in October 2015. Toyota scheduled to release the Mirai in the Northeastern States in the first half of 2016. As of June 2016, the Mirai is available for retail sales in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and Norway. Pricing in Germany starts at €60,000 (~US$75,140) plus VAT (€78,540).