Meet The Snake Charmer Behind The Viper ACR’s Record-Setting Year

 

Tom O’Dell is something of a snake charmer. But we’re not talking about cobras and wicker baskets. As a tenured member of the prestigious Build & Development team at SRT® headquarters, O’Dell is the man Dodge appoints to coax every last iota of performance out of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR. 
 

In 2015 Dodge paired O’Dell with driver Chris “The Wolf” Winkler (with a few runs by Randy Pobst) to lead a campaign to establish the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR as the ultimate street-legal race car. The team knocked down 13 single-lap…

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Meet The Snake Charmer Behind The Viper ACR’s Record-Setting Year

Shake, Rattle and Roll – The history of the IQECAG (a.k.a. the Shaker hood)

If you’ll harken back to your middle school science class with me for a second, you’ll remember that in order to make fire, you need three ingredients: fuel, ignition and air – or, more specifically, oxygen. You’ll also remember that cold air is denser than hot air, putting more oxygen in the same amount of volume. While the modern internal combustion engine does a fine job of delivering fuel and ignition, that cold air part becomes tricky as you try to route fresh air from outside through a hot engine compartment. 
 

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Shake, Rattle and Roll – The history of the IQECAG (a.k.a. the Shaker hood)

All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 2: A Look at the Challenger SRT® Hellcat’s Airflow Management System

Scoops Don’t Always Scoop …
 
When you sell a car capable of 199 mph, you need to make sure the body makes efficient use of airflow management. After all, as one anonymous engineer once proclaimed: “Cars make pretty lousy airplanes above 150 mph.” 
 
In the case of the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat (and its sibling the Charger SRT Hellcat), many hours were spent in the wind tunnel to make sure each platform remained stable at terminal velocity. 
 
Chin and trunk spoilers were fine-tuned, under-car belly pans massaged and fascias reconfigured to slip through the air stream without excess drag or lift. 
 
But what…

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All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 2: A Look at the Challenger SRT® Hellcat’s Airflow Management System