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Showing posts with label Ralph Giles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ralph Giles. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

WOAH! A Dodge Magnum Wagon or a Dodge Charger Wagon!

Woah! Dodge!? Are you gonna do it again! Are you gonna set the automotive world on fire again! Yes you are! Ralph Giles are you listening? (Cups hand over ear).  Man this Dodge Charger wagon is so expletive beautiful. Lord have mercy! It is in every aspect,  a splendid integration of a wagon body and the Dodge Charger sedan. It's super sexy! It is such a delectable, sensuous, deliciousness all wrapped up in a red that rivals that of any Ferrari that I've ever seen. I always thought that Ferrari had a lock on a sexy red pain, but this Charger wagon takes the cake. This wagon is a testimonial to Dodge style and design and the possible innovation within that realm that is capable of being achieved.

The first thing that leapt to my eyesight was that gorgeous little lip, or that protrusion of the lower front fascia. It has the effect of appearing to be of aid in scooping air into the massive grille. And that in turn, adds a look of massive horsepower and speed. Right above that is beautifully buxom hood, with a nice curved arcing-ness that makes me think of the Ford Mustang. Following right above this is the perfectly-raked windshield that rips into a nice swooping roofline.

Moving on to the side of the car, which is a premium attraction here, is dashing sports car-type ground effects on the lower body panels. And then perfectly complementing that above this, is a long, swift, and giant two-pronged crease into the metal. The upper prong of the crease melts into a gently almost invisible but thick hip over the rear wheels ("see ma hips big hips on ya" - Missy Elliot hahaha). It's almost invisible because it's so gentle the way it is infused into the design. But to someone who admires sexy women , my eyes refuses to miss stuff like that! It's a nice sexy rump of a rear quarter panel. (Damn I love the way I just worded that!) Now this shaped "hip" over the rear wheels produces a beautifully almost wind swept curvature out of the rear passenger window. This inturn stops dead at a thick c-pillar. That c-pillar is raked at a most perfect angle.

Now from the c-pillar, the remainder of the body travels down in a very slight curvature and meets the rear bumper, which is also raked at an angle. Can you see how that bumper just totally beautifies the rear of this car?! OWW! I live for little things like this! The bumper is raked at an angle exactly sympathetic to the c-pillar. It's these carefully calibrated design techniques that make car designers the most unique-est people in the whole world, and members of the most esteemed fashion design clique on Earth!

Lastly, the wheels on this ride are also stellar. That spinning chrome, regardless of what the individual spokes at a still might look like (lol) is almost one half of the life of this car!

Ok, now take a look at the wonderful design analysis below. and then read the article again, referring to the picture back and forth. Do it over and over again...back and forth, back and forth, back and forth (hahaha).

-Gebre Mesquitta

Sunday, April 8, 2012

So the Snake Came out of Hiding! Did it Live up to the Hype?

First of all let me say this,  I was expecting to see the snake with the usual bright red paint, I don't at all like the new red color that it debuted in. That color isn't vibrant enough for Viper. For example, Ferrari is known for one type of red only! The Ferrari-famous red, or better yet, Ferrari-red. I want to see the Viper in traditional 90's Viper-red. That along with the new perceived styling of the Viper would make the epitome recognition of a comeback!

Now that aside, lets get to the key hot points of all new Viper SRT!
  • 8.4 Liter front mid-mounted engine
  • 640 Horsepower with 600 Feet-pounds of torque (4.9 pounds per horsepower)
  • Best power-to-weight ratio of any Viper ever produced
  • Torque puts Viper just behind Bugatti Veyron, and Ferrari F12 and ahead of performance giants such as the Lamborghini Aventador, and Corvette Chevrolet Z1
  • Engine is naturally aspirated (no turbochargers or superchargers)
  • X-brace (beneath hood) increases body rigidity by over 50% over previous Vipers
  • Traction control and stability control (can be defeated by driver if her or or she chooses)
Those are some impressive engine specs ain't it? The new Viper SRT is available in two options, the standard high performance SRT version and a GT version. The SRT version, according to Ralph Giles, is designed to offer a perfect blend of extreme performance and a deliberate preservation of what has come to be known as the iconic DNA of the Viper. The GT version, on the other hand, is for buyers looking for more high-tech amenities, such as two mode active suspension and interior creature comforts not usually associated with the Viper. The Viper also comes with Pirelli Pzero Z-rated tires, massive 355 tires in the rear and 295 in the front. Available to direct these high performance tires with are 3 different wheel styles, five or six spoke in polished, matte black or glass black, and a lightweight SRT version available.

Now lets critique the production design of the newly released Viper. I will compare it to the John Sibel rendering seen a couple of days before the big New York reveal, because those images were of perfection! I couldn't find one flaw in them!

Everything is on point here! Perfect!


The rear tail lamp design! Oh man! I so wanted it to have a larger reverse light and smaller brake lights! The effect of the smaller break light is that you envision speed - one of which the pedal happy driver has no idea of ever braking!

The picture on top is a rendering by John Sibel

Now lets move onto the stunning and splendid interior of the Viper!

This is my absolute favorite shot! During the unveiling at the New York International Autoshow, Ralph Giles called this, "the money shot". Indeed! When automotive lovers die and go to heaven, this is how it looks up there!

This is a spectacular shot too! 

I enjoy how the Heat and A/C vents are not just circular in design, but invigorated with a pointed design, complemented by a red surround. It looks so high-quality! It is immaculate in design, execution, and craftsmanship!

This handle-like protrusion is my favorite part about the center console!

Now, below are pictures of the customizable LCD display screen in the center console! If you look closely you'll recognize that each of the following pictures below have the LCD screen with a different picture.

Now, isn't that awesome! What beautiful user-interaction technology!

In addition to the large customizable LCD screen in the center console, there is also the option of customization in the instrument panel, specifically in the gauge cluster area. The center gauge display can be customized for different drivers, for his or her wants or needs!  Now, as I aked you previously, in the pictures above, if you observe the pictures of the gauge cluster below, you'll see the center gauge with a different display each time. 

I have always loved the side position of the exhaust pipe on the Viper. It has the look of swiftly throwing out the exhaust at lightning speed! By it being at the side, it's like the engine is so powerful that the exhaust has to be gotten ridden of so fast, that it has to be emitted at the side instead of having it travel all the way to the rear!

I love this little design right here....the hood vent leads right into the Viper logo!

This new logo goes hard! It is ferocious!!

This is the X-brace beneath the hood. As stated in the bullet points at the beginning of the blog, the X-brace adds a 50% increase in rigidity to the Viper.

Checkout that carbon fiber insert! Look at the luscious, curvaceous-ness of the swoping roof line. This shot screams sexxy!!

I have a problem with the Viper wheels. Upclose shots as in the above pictures, look great, but standing aback and absorbing the wheels into the whole design of the car, I come upon a clash. They do not go with the Viper. The design of these wheels has the effect of imparting an aura of finesse.This appearance is more appropriate on a luxury sedan or other non-sports car. Sport car drivers aren't about finesse, they're about showing off raw power, and making you feel their presence. They're show-offs - well all sport cars are show-offs! There's no humility with a sports car! The 6-spoke wheels look too humble! It shouldn't even be an option! (LOL). 
I believe sport cars should have wheels with as small a number of spokes as possible. We want to see the huge brake calipers and the disc brakes. Combine that want with just the right amount of wheel spokes, in addition to the spokes having a nice design, and then you'll really make this snake hiss!!
I will be creating a CAD model for a new wheel design for the Viper and I will be sending it to someone I know at Chrysler, as well as debuting it on this blog, so stay tuned!

- Gebre Mesquitta