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Chrysler Crushing Concepts

March 10th, 2014 - 10:26 am



Chrysler has ordered students of a small community college in Olympia, Wash., to destroy a Dodge Viper GTS Coupe. And it’s not just any Viper GTS coupe, either — it’s the fourth Viper model off the production line that’s been sitting for the past seven years at South Puget Sound Community College.

The pre-production car was donated, along with 92 other Vipers, by Chrysler to technical schools nationwide that offer automotive programs. The problem is, according to professor Norm Chapman, that despite the fact that these Vipers were educational tools that were never meant to see the open road, a couple of them “got loose.” And predictably enough for a car with a 8.0-liter V10 underhood and no traction control or ABS to speak of, they were involved in accidents. So now, to mitigate lawsuits, the mint condition example you see before you with VIN number four is going bye-bye.

This particular Viper, while appearing to be a stock GTS coupe, is a prototype from 1992. It has a 600-horsepower V10 engine, a 2,200-pound fiberglass body with a “makeshift hard-top,” according to the Tacoma News Tribune. When the GTS debuted in 1996, it came with a 450-horsepower V10 and more conventional body construction with a heavier curb weight.

This kind of order isn’t uncommon for vehicles never built to be street legal. And do you really want to drive a 600-HP car with a “makeshift” top?

OK, yeah, dumb question.

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What's odd is that the car behind it looks like a Pontiac Sunfire Convertable, which I have one of.
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
They're basically worthless now, too, after 20 years of being torn apart and reassembled. Mint condition my ass - the entire point is that they were for learning repair work on.

(Note that Chrysler reportedly issued a statement denying that, at least to their knowledge, any had ever been involved in an accident.

They're worn out and not very useful to teaching about modern cars, is all.

I recall reading one of the schools involved talking about it ... and the thing they mentioned is "people like to get their picture taken with it".

That's education, all right.)
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
1) This is why idiots can't have nice things.

2) Mine is supercharged, chucks out around 850 hp, and the top is generally the last thing on your mind at any given time.

The Viper, somewhat amazingly, remains the last pure American supercar that hasn't been ruined by nannies.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
So is that a picture of you in the passenger seat with your wife driving it?
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Heh. Wife. That's cute.
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