New Dodge Viper Stages Low-Altitude Dogfight Against Air Force F-16

Diskutiere New Dodge Viper Stages Low-Altitude Dogfight Against Air Force F-16 im Alle Chrysler-Modelle Forum im Bereich Archiv; AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 28 -- In a head-to-head match up of tire-shredding horsepower against high-flying afterburner thrust, the new 500 hp...

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    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 28 -- In a head-to-head
    match up of tire-shredding horsepower against high-flying afterburner thrust,
    the new 500 hp Dodge Viper SRT-10 challenged the United States Air Force's
    leading multi-role fighter in acceleration trials held this past weekend at
    Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona.

    The event was held March 23-24, as part of the annual Luke Days air show.
    "Ripley's Believe It Or Not," TBS Superstation's original reality series
    hosted by Dean Cain, was on hand to tape the race. The program will air the
    outcome of the race July 10.

    "It was an absolutely awesome ride," said Herb Helbig, Senior Manager,
    Vehicle Synthesis, Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO) at DaimlerChrysler
    Corp. "Ripley's got us racing the jet both times -- with and without
    afterburners -- using the Dodge Viper SRT-10 and the Competition Coupe. There
    were almost 140,000 people in attendance, and they were all lining the fences
    cheering their hearts out for their favorite Viper."

    Billed as "Viper vs. Viper," the race pitted car against jet in a side-by-
    side, standing-start, 1/2-mile drag race on parallel air base runways. Dodge
    Vipers raced the F-16 -- nicknamed the "Viper" -- to the speed at which the
    jet became airborne: approximately 150 mph. The Dodge Viper covered the
    course in around 15 seconds.

    Both the first and second days' races featured a pre-production version of
    the 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10 convertible, driven by Helbig, against the
    Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, flown at military power by Captain Glen
    "Nugget" Richards of the 309th Fighter Squadron (known as the "Wild Ducks")
    based at Luke AFB.

    Each day then pitted a prototype 2003 Dodge Viper Competition Coupe
    against another F-16 Viper flown by Captain Dan Potas -- call sign "Scrappy"
    -- also from the Wild Ducks. For the second showdown, DaimlerChrysler's PVO
    team would tap more horsepower and make their runs on racing slicks, while the
    USAF countered with a takeoff run at full afterburner.

    In the "tale of the tape," the F-16 boasts approximately 25,000 pounds of
    thrust in a compact, 19,000-pound package capable of more than 1,500 mph. In
    comparison, the Dodge Viper's 500-plus pound-feet of torque, 3,357-pound curb
    weight and 190 mph top speed earn it the honor of being America's Ultimate
    Sportscar.

    "It was a chance for us to have a little fun," added Helbig. "We're proud
    of the Dodge Viper's performance capabilities, and this was a chance to race
    for bragging rights against one of the few things capable of matching the
    Viper's acceleration. We're also very proud to have been invited here to
    support Luke Air Force Base and our nation's military."

    The Luke Days air show is hosted by the USAF 56th Fighter Wing, the
    nation's largest, under the command of Brig. General Steve Sargeant. Luke AFB
    is the primary training ground for United States F-16 pilots, playing a key
    role in U.S. national defense.

    The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon -- nicknamed the "Viper" -- is a
    compact, multiple-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has
    proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. The F-16 first
    flew in 1976, and to date, more than 4,000 have been built. It has a cost of
    approximately $25 million. Made in both single-seat and two-seat
    configurations, the F-16 is considered by many to be the most agile modern
    fighter, capable of withstanding up to 9 Gs, which exceeds the capability of
    all other current fighter aircraft. It has compiled a 71-0 air combat record.
    The Dodge Viper first began production in 1992, with more than 14,000 sold
    to date. The 2003 SRT-10 is a two-seat convertible with a 505-cubic inch all-
    aluminum V-10 engine producing no less than 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet
    of torque. The 2003 Dodge Viper goes on sale in the Fall of 2002. The Dodge
    Viper Competition Coupe is a single-seat racing version of the SRT-10
    convertible, but wrapped in fully enclosed coupe bodywork and designed
    exclusively for GT-class racing. Viper Competition Coupe performance
    estimates: 0-60 mph in 3.8 sec.; 0-100 mph in 9.2 sec.; 60-0 in 90 ft.; 100-0
    mph in 260 ft. and top speed of 193 mph.

    The Competition Coupe's predecessor -- called the Dodge Viper GTS-R --
    earned five international GT championships including the 1999 and 2000
    American Le Mans Series GTS Class titles, and the 1997-1999 FIA GT
    Championships. The Viper finished 1-2 in the Le Mans 24 Hours GTS class in
    three consecutive years and notched an overall win at the 2000 Rolex 24 Hours
    of Daytona, the first for an American production-based car.

    High-resolution photography is available at
    http://www.media.daimlerchrysler.com .
     
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