2013 SRT Viper Priced, Ford FF Racer Could Offer Alternative

September 12th, 2012

2013 SRT Viper

There are two ways to build thrilling performance-wielding sports cars:

1. Go big, powerful and fast.

2. Go light, turbocharged and fast.

In the first category, we have cars like the Corvette and Viper. The second category has been limited to cars from Lotus and, even more obscure, Ariel.

Typically the American automakers prefer category 1, but Ford may dive into category 2 with a competitor to the Ariel Atom. That news comes as Chrysler has announced pricing on the new SRT Viper.

Two vastly different ideas for cars with a common purpose: speed.

For $97,395, plus $1,995 for destination, snake fans can put a new SRT Viper in the garage. The Viper GTS will ring the bell at a healthy $120,395 plus destination. In either configuration, the newest Viper will pack an 8.4-liter V10 engine with 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.  (I want to note, just for fun, that the significantly less expensive 2013 Ford GT500 makes 650 hp. But I digress.)

With launch control, 0-to-60 sprints should take somewhere in the mid-3-second range and top speed should eclipse the 200-mph mark.

Ford FF racer

On the other side of the sports-car domain sits a possible limited-production version of the FF racer that recently lapped the Nurburgring in a scant 7:22. This Ford creation looks a lot like the Ariel Atom and uses the company’s new 3-cylinder 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine, tuned to produce 202 hp.

Yes, it’s a full 7.6 liters, 7 cylinders and 438 hp smaller than the Viper, but it laid down the 11th fastest ever ‘Ring time for a street-legal car, beating the Lamborghini Aventador and Pagani Zonda. Autocar says Ford may produce a few of these, at least for Britain, and sell them for “well under 100,000 pounds.”

There can hardly be more contrast between two cars built for speed, which begs the question:

Which would you rather have for around $100,000: the V10 2013 SRT Viper or the 3-cylinder turbo Ford FF racer?

-tgriffith

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  1. Jim Redd
    | #1

    I’ve always wanted to drive the Atom! I think something like that or the FF racer would be pretty extreme… like a go cart but at supercar speeds. Sweet!

  2. Randy
    | #2

    The ugly truth about cars like the atom is that they are even more dangerous to drive than over-muscled supercars because the extreme light weight depends heavily (pun intended) on speed to generate sufficient downforce to create enough traction to keep the car on the road. I remember Jeremy Clarkson trying to drive detuned F1 car, and failed miserably because he didn’t have the chops to keep the car going fast enough to stay on the track. As I continue to say, these supercars have no business being on public roads, driven by untrained drivers. They should be legislated off the highways.

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