SRT CEO Ralph Gilles piped up about the ever-lasting comparisons between the Viper and the Chevrolet Corvette in a recent interview with the Automotive News, saying the Viper never intended on competing with Chevrolet’s iconic sports car.
“We’ve never tried to be Corvette. We never will be. We’re handmade. It takes 18 hours to paint the stripe on a Viper. We color sand the entire car, inside and outside. All the panels are beautifully finished. We’re trying to build a custom show car that you can own. This is not a disposable device here,” said Gilles.
Try as he might, Gilles can’t deny his Viper had every intention on sticking it to the Corvette when they rolled out the Viper Time Attack special edition last year. Once the Corvette ZR1 squashed the Laguna Seca lap record previously held by the Viper ACR, Gilles pushed the Viper TA out in just nine weeks with the sole intention on taking the title away from the ZR1.
When Motor Trend ran the story that the ZR1 had beat the old ACR’s record, Gilles blamed the driver, Randy Pobst, tweeting out: “There is a lot more left in the car. Randy has always struggled with the Viper,” to which Randy replied, “Well, yeah, I’ve always had a hard time with cars that don’t handle well!”
Still, we’ll give credit where it is due. The TA did take the lap record away from the ZR1, posting a 1:33.62 in comparison to the ZR1’s 1:33.7. The question remains, what is Ralph going to do about the 2015 Z06?