Composites-intensive Chrysler SRT Viper Wins SPE Award

November 12 2012

The 2013 SRT Viper supercar from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand has been named the 2012 Vehicle Engineering Team Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) recognized the technical achievements of entire teams comprised of automotive designers and engineers, tier integrators, materials suppliers, tool makers, and others whose work – in research, design, engineering and/or manufacturing – has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on a notable vehicle. The Viper and composites "The Viper has a long tradition of raising the bar on plastics and composites innovation," explains Mike Shinedling, Viper engineering launch manager, SRT Engineering, at Chrysler Group. "Historically, Vipers have been 'bare-bones/no-frills' sports cars, something that was acceptable to our most ardent, hard-core customers, but not all potential buyers appreciated. In fact, many loyal Viper customers had been requesting more amenities and features on our next vehicle and I'm happy to say our team rose to the challenge. The new 2013 SRT Viper is a performance machine that takes a quantum leap forward by offering world-class levels of feature content, interior trim, and exterior finish, and it does so at a significant weight savings." "Plastics and composites were key enablers in creating our most outstanding vehicle to date while directly lowering vehicle mass approximately 100 lbs (45 kg)," he says.

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