Feature Flick: Ralph Gilles Laps His 2013 SRT Viper

Whereas some company executives play golf on the weekends, SRT CEO Ralph Gilles uses his free time to hit the track in a 2013 SRT Viper. Gilles uploaded a video of him putting his personal 2013 SRT Viper through its paces around Michigan's 2.0-mile Grattan Raceway.

Gilles has worked for Chrysler in various capacities since 1992. In 2009, he was named president and CEO of the Dodge brand, and two years later became president and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports. In the video posted to YouTube, he took his "daily driven" 2013 SRT Viper (not the car pictured above) to Grattan and posted a one minute, 22 second lap time. The Viper's 640-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine helped Gilles hit an indicated 147 mph on Grattan's main straight.

"I am still amazed what a daily driven Viper can do on a race track," Gilles wrote on his Twitter feed.

This isn't the first time we've seen Gilles getting to grips with a Viper. In 2010, he took part in the Viper Cup racing series, and posted video of him pushing a Dodge Viper ACR-X around Virginia International Raceway. Gilles has also competed in the Targa Newfoundland rally and One Lap of America.

You can watch Gilles lap Grattan in the 2013 SRT Viper below.

....Car guys:devoted people who believe in delivering beautiful, responsive cars and who listen to their customers- in control...all hail " Maximum Ralph".
I have been more excited about the return of the viper than any car in 30 years. The introduction was rocky because little details were let slip, and with the latest news of a slowdown, the absolutely horrid representation in the Motor Trend drivers car competition (Ford Focus is a better drivers car because the pedal mechanism doesn't come loose when driving?). Not putting your best foot forward for any publication is sloppy, but you seem to be doing this over and over again.Here it is: Fix the problem with the loose handling rear end, get a decent supplier for your tires ( GM and Mercedes seem to have no problem), there are a myriad of thermal barriers - fix the exhaust heat problem, fix the acceleration problem - every kid on the block seems to be able to out accelerate the Viper with less HP per pound.This all smacks of a lack of refinement and inattention to detail. All the SRT vipers deserve to do their best. I fear that SRT Viper will disappear if you don't get your act together.

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