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Chrysler: take it to the limit. (WIP).

"This is a bold-faced slap against mediocrity," said Trevor Creed, senior vice president-Design, Chrysler Group. What he was talking about is a Viper V10 engine on wheels. Essentially, that's it: the 505-in3, 8,300-cc aluminum engine that's hooked up with wheels. There is four-wheel independent suspension. In both cases, there are sets of wheels that are separated by cylindrical spacers where the lighting is fitted. Although there is a seat, the rider essentially drapes himself over the engine (Chrysler Group chief operating officer Wolfgang Bernhard rode the machine onto the stage at NAIAS--not what you'd imagine an exec at any company outside of, say, Harley, doing.) The whole thing seems to have been machined from a solid billet of aluminum by people who ordinarily spend their time creating machines for the 23rd century or something.

While Creed suggested that the top speed is in excess of 300 mph (0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds), there is no report on whether it will next appear at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
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Title Annotation:Chrysler Group's Viper V10 engine on wheels
Publication:Automotive Design & Production
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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