2014 Dodge Viper TA
Dodge is on the attack. The just-released Viper TA is set to go straight after the likes of Nissan GTR and Corvette ZR1, and despite the fact that all 33 of these Vipers will come exclusively in the slightly informal “Crusher Orange” paint scheme, they are taking this game very seriously. It’s actually aimed specifically at a new audience than the traditional Viper purchaser (if that’s even an appropriate tag). Regardless, track days are the focus, and with revisions across every spectrum, its looking like one hell of a car. So lets take a look at these changes and see what they mean for us.
With the assistance of pro-racers and the SRT group from Chrysler, the Viper’s TA package actually presents it’s self less than one year after the debut of the new SRT Viper. Lightness is the name of the game for the most part, but they’ve payed attention to important bits as well. A 50/50 weight distribution (something Miata owners loved to tout as being exclusive to them) now is also shared with the big beast from the US. Light weight racing wheels are included in the package and various important bits of aluminum have now been replaced by carbon fiber, making everything lighter and more rigid. Seats too were lightened, being made of mass-reducing material and dressed up in orange stitching. Those seats also can accommodate 6pt racing harnesses if the owner later chooses to strap them self in nice and tight. They have the weight respectably down to about 3,300 pounds. So far, so good.
The Viper has a few impressive numbers that are the highest “in the world” as well. Torque from the 8.4 liter v10 engine being one of them at 600 lb/ft. The highest of any normally aspirated production engine. The other “largest in the world” portion would be contact patch. Dodge has chosen Pirelli P Zero Corsa’s to provide the immense grip needed to reign in the engine. Controlling all of that mass is Bilstein Damptronic shock absorber units with variable damping mode. This mode is re-tuned specifically for the TA, giving even stiffer options than in the standard SRT. Unusually, nothing much has been said about brake upgrades, but when something is good, why change it? Brembo and SRT have already worked together to make stoppers that can handle more heat, but at the same time, dissipate it more effectively. That’s something you’ll need to be paying attention to when 640 hp is heaving the 3300 lb car around.
They’ve taken a pretty concerned look too at the aero of the car, focusing mainly on the new front carbon fiber splitters and that rear spoiler. Dont be fooled by the “diffuser” though, that’s simply tacked on for asthetics and is non-functional. More things are done just for looks, including most of the interior, where that orange stitching continues, well, pretty much all over the place. So what does this mean for us? All things considered, the Viper never has really been seen as much of a “track car” in the sense that a Porsche, or Miata, or M3 is. The name it’s self in this car is a way to change the Viper’s stigma and well, if this is an indication of the direction that SRT is going, this “TA” fitness-plan may get applied to other models in the lineup. Think of all the lighter, better cars this could bring to us! Also, we look forward to the YouTube video of this thing chasing down a goal that’s just over 7 minutes away. Prepare your stopwatches, GM.
Article written by Chitownmeets.com Staff – Patrick Morgan