No car is all that dangerous. It is a matter of driver skill level and enough sense to control the throttle that maintains control.
The Viper is a unique car and a fun car. For the money you can be a celebrity for a good price.
But it is not the seconding of a 917.
A well tuned car will go stupid fast and feel slow. That is great if you are racing but cars like the Viper that make you work for the lap time or speed. They are often more interesting on track day.
The Viper is far from the best ever built but the world is a much better place for having it around. You don’t have to be the best to great.
I am a Corvette guy but I like the Viper. My buddy has one and it is a cool car. I also say that we have a better Corvette today because there was a Viper.
I just with they had two more cylinders to fix the sound.
There are tons of horrible handing cars out there but it is the unskilled driver that makes them dangerous.
A driver just needs to know his limits.
Just look at al, the Mustang crash videos on the web. Is it the car or the driver? I think the answer is clear.
Thanks. At least save that for the really juiciest stuff you produce - the Viper article more than qualifies. It may interest you to know that some of your readers such as myself treasure thoughtfully considered writing - no matter the subject, and are eager for your success. As an example of how the photography affected my experience, I must say that I had never considered the Viper to be beautiful. The 2003 droptop completely changed that (beautifully framed by a guardrail, no less). Look at the simplicity of those lines! Thanks again. William Cambridge
Imagine if they had named it "Mr. Snuggles The Fluffy Bunny" how would the world have responded to that? Personally I'd drive a Dodge "Fluffy Bunny" but I don't think the name would have worked. Just like the Viper the rabbit in Monty Python's Holy Grail was also deadly. It also had a reputation for killing people as it bit your head off. So maybe that would not have worked.
I always like Vipers but the very first one with the cloth top would have been hard to live with. Once the Coupe happened I was sold. The Viper made the Corvette a better car.
The assembly line tires were a real hurdle to get over with trying to learn the limits of the first Gen cars. That's why Dodge dumped the XGTZ tires for a more user friendly compound in the following years. We actually did the initial real-world testing of the BFG R-1 racing tires in the 335/ZR17 size, for BFGoodrich. I still have a set or two of them. Very sticky and great for handling for its time.