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Dodge Viper Car Crash Video

No matter how many times we see these supercar crash videos, they always seem to fascinate.  In this case, the driver of this Dodge Viper is mildly weaving through traffic on a narrow motorway only to find himself blocked by two trucks.  Clearly the impatience of the Viper driver is apparrent, as he eagerly passes on the right as soon as there is an opening, only to find himself slamming into stopped traffic.

Published Oct 27, 2009 2:05 pm By Brian Potter
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2004BlackMambaForSale
Anyone need A Viper? I gotta sell it. Internal Engine Problem, not too sure what exactly it is...too expensive for me to look into. Have to sell it in whole. no chops. email nate_pmc@yahoo.com if your interested. Located In Pennsylvania, under $30,000 payoff. Thank you.
Jun 1, 2010 5:41 pm
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GTurbo
SSSSMOKING! DODGE MUST CRINGE AT THAT VIDEO; NO WONDER THEY'RE IN TROUBLE WITH BRAKES LIKE THAT!
Oct 29, 2009 6:47 pm
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radmeister
I don't think he could of avoided it at the speed he was going, if you look at the weather it's overcasted, meaning the sky is almost white. When he came out of the tunnel his eyes didn't have time to adjust to the light change, and that white van was almost invisible. He was just driving faster than his eyes can adjust to light. Either way he was driving like a douche.
Oct 29, 2009 4:17 pm
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jerry05cod4
he could have easily avoided that accident if he had accelerated and cut left in front of that small car... i'm sure he would of made it
Oct 29, 2009 4:07 pm
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radmeister
ABS works pretty simply to reduce your braking distance. Basically it keeps your wheels from locking and sliding, when the sliding occurs the friction is held in that small patch of tire which from the heat ends up melting(white smoke) and turns into a petroleum based oil which is slick. Also it does not just pump them as that would be just as bad, it functions a little bit more complex than that in releasing brake fluid pressure.
Oct 29, 2009 5:56 am
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rho88
ABS is for those who panic under heavy breaking and don't pump/pulse their brakes. The disc and pads are exactly the same, ABS just pumps/pulse the brakes for you... so no reason they will bring the distance shorter unless you are one of those drivers who has no idea what pumping the brakes mean.
Oct 28, 2009 5:56 pm
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crwpitman
http://www.aaafoundation.org/resources/index.cfm?button=abs#stop
Oct 28, 2009 3:45 pm
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crwpitman
ABS will not make stops shorter - it only prevents the tires from locking. In fact I think it makes it slightly longer in that it pumps the brakes (as opposed to even pressure). And although the Vipers tires did lock, I'm unsure whether he would have avoided that accident even with ABS. Although he would have had more maneuverability (but still - where would he have went otherwise)?
Oct 28, 2009 3:42 pm
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sb
Thanks Pawl no article involving an american car is complete on this website without some euro tool working in a bashing. The ZR-1 will smoke anything twice its price around the Nurburgring, and you need handling and brakes there. You don't need a huge engine, it just sounds better and can deliver power more linear than a forced induction engine. They are fun to drive. If you really like small engines in your sports cars stay away form the european companies and get a Honda
Oct 28, 2009 1:55 pm
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Xanavi23
Dont forget that the Viper that roasted all the European cars in its class is a total production car and every aspect of the car is streetlegal, is offered in the dealership and can even be retro-fitted to previously bought applicable SRT-10s.
Oct 28, 2009 3:29 pm
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PawL
Stupid american cars...power power power..and that's all. No brakes, no handling. Plus they need huge engines to get power that europeans get from half the engine size.
Oct 28, 2009 11:48 am
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nederina
Power? 415 bhp from 8.0 L V10 415bhp, that's 52 bhp per litre.
Oct 28, 2009 3:19 pm
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Xanavi23
You have no clue what you're talking about. They choose such a big engine in the Viper because it makes power VERY easy and consequentially very little strain goes through the engine during extended periods of running hard. Secondly, such massive engines alot the Viper more torque than it has horsepower, without the help of a supercharger or turbo like other cars use(my beloved SL55 is a prime example). We all know the benefits of such massive torque especially around corners. Third this torque means that the car can be given a gearbox with extremely wide 5th and 6th gears and have constant pull in 5th, until the car reaches speeds where stock power can't surpasse aerodynamic drag(this happens to all cars save for the most efficient-drag free designs). The 6th gear can then be used on the freeway where the Viper, even new ones return 23mpgs highway, due to the fact that they rev at only 1300rpm and maintain constant speed, burning very little fuel.If you compare any european car with similar power to even the Gen 1 Viper or even worse for Europeans, Gen IV Vipers(600hp), they fail to make as much power as the Viper save for very expensive cars(SLR/599/Murcielago) and they offer worse fuel economy than the Viper with its re-engineered truck engine across the board. The Viper uses a big engine because its better on all fronts than its competition. Im not even going to touch your comment about no brakes and handling when the Viper trashed cars that cost 3 times as much on a course thats all about braking and handling, not to mention stability, the Nurburgring. Ignorance is bliss for your European cars eh PauL ? Nahhh, i'ld say stupidity.
Oct 28, 2009 3:25 pm
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fusion01
As much as you might be right, an 8 litre 10 cylinder is an environmental disaster in this day and age. Fine when we had no knowledge of current state of affairs. Give me a highly optimised twin turbo anyday over this frankenstein. There might be validity to a car such as this today if sitting in a garage or getting tanked due to lack of basic safety features. It's a dinosaur surely.
Oct 28, 2009 5:03 pm
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Xanavi23
Our climate and enviroment aren't in the shape they are because of great cars like this, the practices of businesses and industry polluting the enviroment rather than some sports cars are at fault. They pollute without any regard for how truly damaging THEY are, then you have government pissing in our ears and telling us its raining by trying to push cars like this as well as trucks as the scapegoats. While my current car may be economic, my next car will be of my choosing, not society, and that choice will very likely be a "dinosaur". My conscience unaffected by "green" societys rhetoric. Obviously cars like this don't help but they're not the smoking gun to todays enviromental issues. Furthermore, if compared to its competition, the Viper is really no more pollutant.
Oct 28, 2009 7:51 pm
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radmeister
Statistics can be made to look like anything, sure the viper may get 23mpg in 6th gear on the highway at 1300rpm, but how often are you on the hwy or at 1300rpm in a viper. An 8L V10 will use up more fuel than your SL55 in the regular driving cycle, or than a Murcielago. Especially in the city in stop and go traffic. Point is it does not excel on all fronts, each has it's benefits in certain situations, and you must pick a car based on how often will you be in that situation. If having an 8L+ V10 with 600hp was the BEST way to go don't you think Porsche, Ferrari, Lamoborghini would have come up with that first or been using it on all their cars? I mean really dodge? Out of all companies dodge found the magic formula?
Oct 29, 2009 6:06 am
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joenutter
GT1 vipers?.... C6R... LeMans anyone?...
Oct 29, 2009 6:25 am
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Xanavi23
I didn't mean to make it sound like the magic formula Radmeister but it did sound like that, sorry. Im a fan off all engine types from the large displacement Viper engine to the BMW 335D diesel twin turbo 6. What i really meant was that in certain scenarios the 8+L has its advantages one of them being highway cruising. Obviously in city ranges like my downtown core, you'll get about 10-12mpg if you're lucky. I was just trying to explain like you did, that in some situations the Viper does have its edges. Unlike you, some other people here just dismiss the car just because it has a large displacement engine, which i think we can both agree, is bull****. I do retract my comment about "all fronts"...that was exaggeration on my part.
Oct 29, 2009 3:03 pm
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PawL
how many "engines of the year" do americans have? i forgot...
Nov 9, 2009 4:40 pm
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AG4
@SebXX, ABS should make the car more controllable. In that senario, the stopping distance of a car with ABS would have most likely been shorter than a car with 4 locked wheels skidding out of control (no traction).
Oct 28, 2009 9:53 am
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Jabalfox
Oct 28, 2009 9:44 am
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JTZ
That looked a little weird tbh - I think he braked let go and braked again. Cause hit the brakes early started to slide let go corrected and hit the brakes again. Not to mention it didnt sound like full throttle although im sure he must have hit 80 mph easy Maybe he had no grip - Cold day?? Btw the Van had its brakes on - good on him - avoid a 10 car pile up.
Oct 28, 2009 8:31 am
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sub39h
the car probably didn't have ABS. he was cadence braking (which is basically like manual ABS). once the car starts skidding you let go of the brakes and reapply them the way ABS would.
Oct 28, 2009 12:14 pm
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acrane7073
i like dmanero's comment and completely agree.
Oct 27, 2009 11:56 pm
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Xanavi23
Lol, same goes for you as above.
Oct 28, 2009 3:18 pm
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dmanero
Just the way i like to see a Viper, Crumpled and ready to the junk yard.
Oct 27, 2009 8:02 pm
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Xanavi23
Obviously you're not really a carfan. There are cars like Ferrari's i dont have much love for, but ild never want to see any car junked. Thats what seperates true car lovers like me and others here from posers like you, regardless of what you drive.
Oct 28, 2009 3:17 pm
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Xenicide
There could poosibly be charges against the guy taping the whole thing. The way he's driving can be inferred as he's racing. Also, Vipers are fast, but that's it. They fail at everything else.
Oct 27, 2009 7:58 pm
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Xanavi23
Lol, you're clearly ignorant. Even in the humble beginnings Vipers were always admired for their very good handling. You're talking out of your @$$.
Oct 28, 2009 3:16 pm
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Xenicide
What in the world are you smoking? Vipers have never been known for their handling. They got too much power going to the rear wheels with not enough weight. Pot, meet kettle.
Oct 31, 2009 1:52 am
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phavyarden
That was on my country ,Chile, the driver of the Viper says: the truck who appears in the video was throwing to me a kind of boxes of juice, so i decided to chase him" what a poor goy, he accelerated in a car exit, that's stupid
Oct 27, 2009 7:48 pm
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N20_Purge
SCREECH.... plop. Poor Viper.
Oct 27, 2009 7:31 pm
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AG4
@Pepito060666, Looks like this was one of the earlier non-ABS Viper models.
Oct 27, 2009 7:18 pm
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6spdaudi
Definately the early design because the hood and fenders all one piece. That alone is $16,000 - $18,000 plus paint and then all the other damage under it.
Oct 27, 2009 7:23 pm
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SebXX
ABS doesnt make people brake shorter or driver better :)
Oct 27, 2009 7:36 pm
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sub39h
if you think ABS doesn't make your braking distances shorter then you have a fundamental misunderstanding of car safety technology.
Oct 28, 2009 12:11 pm
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migass
this one is for sub39h! if you think that ABS makes you stop shorter, you're totally wrong! the ABS is a safety measure for you to take control of the wheel, so that you can turn the front wheels safely without locking them and by that avoiding to go straight to a wall. read some facts right before add this kind of coment! PS: in some situations, cars with ABS have longer brake distances than cars whitout ABS.
Oct 28, 2009 12:30 pm
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sub39h
@ migass. i chose to generalise because it saves time. if you want to be a numpty i'll explain in full. 1. do you reguarly drive on gravel or other loose surfaces? 2. is the viper in this video (the one which is being commented on) on gravel or another loose surface? if you can answer yes to those statements, then your comments apply. i never stated that ABS doesn't give a driver better control under heavy braking, but if you think that ABS doesn't reduce braking and stopping distances in day to day conditions then i invite you drive a car without ABS. i'd also like to turn your attention to this video which shows the Volvo outbraking its counterparts, which can be attributed almost solely to its ABS and that's despite the fact the Volvo is a heavier car than the other 2. (4:20 or so onwards) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FXJDqjbroI&feature=related i also ask you to explain why it's now a safety requirement in Europe, and why pretty much every car company from a major manufacturer offers it as standard? what would people think if they found out that under regular conditions it doesn't slow you down as quickly? if you want to be pedantic, then you're right. there are some cars out there that don't have ABS and brake harder than cars who do. limited number sports cars for example. also, if you want to be pedantic, the rally drivers amongst you might not want to opt for ABS. but if you're a normal person, ABS is the way to go. any other silly statements, migass?
Oct 28, 2009 4:19 pm
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fusion01
Nicely put sub39h, I had the misfortune of going off a road onto gravel years ago and - once there - nothing, even my ABS, ESP and EBD, could save me... the Great Slide. Sure ABS helps braking distances in general and keeps your car managable and in a straight line. Without you're more likely to spin, lose control - it's a basic safety feature nowadays with ESP slowly following suite.
Oct 28, 2009 4:57 pm
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migass
if by "silly statements" you mean this one made by yourself "if you think ABS doesn't make your braking distances shorter then you have a fundamental misunderstanding of car safety technology." nop, i dont have nothing to say. Yes i drive in loosen surfaces, without ABS, but also drive a car with ABS, and from far as i know, ABS wasn't meant to make you stop shorter, but to take control of the car, because all you want is to avoid a crash, not to stop 2 inches before hit something! or am i wrong?! have you tried to make a fast curve and brake hard in the middle? (with ABS) i dont think you did, because if you did, then you'd realize that ABS is for you to take control of the car. but no, you prefer to make some "pedantic" coments about something you wrote yourself. once again i repeat ABS is meant to avoid the wheels to lock! if you want to stop shorter, buy a bigger brakes!
Nov 6, 2009 1:23 pm
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migass
if by "silly statements" you mean this one made by yourself "if you think ABS doesn't make your braking distances shorter then you have a fundamental misunderstanding of car safety technology." nop, i dont have nothing to say. Yes i drive in loosen surfaces, without ABS, but also drive a car with ABS, and from far as i know, ABS wasn't meant to make you stop shorter, but to take control of the car, because all you want is to avoid a crash, not to stop 2 inches before hit something! or am i wrong?! have you tried to make a fast curve and brake hard in the middle? (with ABS) i dont think you did, because if you did, then you'd realize that ABS is for you to take control of the car. but no, you prefer to make some "pedantic" coments about something you wrote yourself. once again i repeat ABS is meant to avoid the wheels to lock! if you want to stop shorter, buy a bigger brakes! PS: lets just see what A.B.S. stands for, ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM, oops, sorry about that.
Nov 6, 2009 2:02 pm
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Pepito060666
Wow he drive so fast or what happens with Viper brakes ??
Oct 27, 2009 6:44 pm
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6spdaudi
Brakes from a formula one race car will not stop a stupid driver fast enough. What a great video!
Oct 27, 2009 7:07 pm
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Xanavi23
Amen to that 6speedaudi.
Oct 28, 2009 3:14 pm
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