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Posted by Jeff Perez
Concept cars come and go. But every now and then, a design study comes along that leads us to believe that everything is right in the world. Like the time Chrysler built a Viper-based supercar concept and actually thought about building it.
What Is It?
It’s called the Chrysler Firepower concept, and it debuted in 2005 as an alternative to the Viper. And we mean that literally. Chrysler designers took the already menacing Viper, gave it a more luxurious makeover inside and out, and let it go into the world.
Unfortunately, Chrysler couldn’t find a viable way of producing the car. According to former engineer, Nevil Ooms, the concept alone took 20,000 man hours to complete, and cost the marque somewhere between $1.2 million and $3.2 million. Not a cheap exercise.
At its core, the Firepower used a 6.1-liter Hemi V8 and produced 451 horsepower. Not a slouch by any means. But when the concept was all said and done, engineers didn’t have a solution for production. The millions of dollars worth of development costs couldn’t be overcome, and the project was scrapped the project altogether.
Where Is It Now?
We can only assume that the Firepower concept is tucked away somewhere in Detroit, a stately reminder for Chrysler at what could have been.