The very first 2013 SRT Viper
recently rolled off the production line
and into the hands of its lucky owner, a man by the name of Scott Thomas who paid a total of $300,000
for the privilege of owning the car with VIN ending in #001.
Now we have a video courtesy of The New York Times
that takes us behind the scenes at the Viper’s Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit, revealing the intricacies of the car’s production and some of the proud men and women that help build it.
What’s interesting to note is that almost all of the car’s construction is by hand, rather than automation, which means each of the workers is more of a craftsperson than a regular line worker.
Whereas in most major factories a worker may spend just a couple of minutes on each car, for the Viper they spend close to 30 minutes. That’s a good thing, as this kind of care taken during construction is one of the reasons why the latest Viper can be ordered with more than 150,000 different configurations
to choose from.
The highlight of the short clip has got to be seeing the stripped chassis on the dyno having its 8.4-liter V-10 cranked up for the first time.
After you’ve watched the video, be sure to head over to The New York Times
for a look at its gallery taken at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant.
And don’t forget to check out our own first drive
of the 2013 SRT Viper.