So, you're on the internet, browsing car sites. That's how you've ended up on TyreRoar. If you regularly indulge your petrolhead online then you'll most likely be aware of the site WreckedExotics.com. This now world-famous domain centres around our morbid fascination with what happens when those can afford the very cream of the car world's crop appear to lack the ability to drive it.
In short, its an frequently updated and perfectly catalogued collection of heart-breakingly broken sports cars, arranged for your viewing (dis)pleasure. Even in difficult economic times, there's clearly no shortage of willing volunteers who overdrive their priceless motors and end up with an large dent in their no claims bonus and their moment of embarrassment immortalised on the world's best car crash website.
There was however a notable absentee from this week's batch of sorry state supercars. For the first time in quite a while, there were no wrecked Dodge Vipers amongst the latest crashes to adorn the site. The reason this caught my eye is simply that almost every other week, several Vipers are to be found in extremely poor condition after terrifying looking accidents.
"Hydroplaned, spun 3 times, then flipped end over end down a 60 foot cliff. Ended upside down in a riverbed. Driver and passenger were uninjured."
"Tires spun out while going around a curve, slammed into a palm tree"
"Lost control on the highway as car was entering traffic. Crashed into the guardrail, then flipped over"
"Dealer took soon to be owner for a ride but didn't make it more than 200 yards from the dealership."
Of course there's no telling what manner of driving the Vipers were being subjected to at the time of their deaths, but there's a definite parallel in that a lot of these ex-Vipers met their end during fairly routine manoeuvres. Although the car has now ended production it seems amazing that this 8.4 litre V10 monster, eventually with 600 brake horsepower, only rear wheel drive and little in the way of sophisticated electronic assistance was able, allowed even, to carry on for so long, At relatively bargain prices in the US, compared to equivalently powerful European exotics, the Viper was a huge hit, so there's plenty out there, ready to be in the hands of a very large customer pool.
As a last thorn in the side of the health and safety obsessed, nanny state, the Dodge Viper is a quite incredible car. The final generation's stats are pretty terrifying. An engine twice the capacity of an Audi R8. Nigh-on identical power to a Ferrari 599 GTB. 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, faster than a Porsche 997 GT2 RS. Top speed of 202mph for the coupé, and 5mph less for the roadster. That's leaving behind Lexus LFAs and Lamborghini Gallardos.
With vitals like that, it seems predictable that the Viper will continue to be a regular customer on Wrecked Exotics. Here's hoping a few manage not to bite back and live on to demonstrate to the EVs and hybrids of the near and distant future, just how awe-inspring and raw a road legal can can be.