A Behind the Scenes Look at Manufacturing a Viper (and a Tesla Model S)

A Behind the Scenes Look at Manufacturing a ViperIn our “10 Great Products that are Made in the U.S.A.” post, we mentioned a huge industry in the manufacturing world–automaking.

And even though we’ve talked about Kawasaki, a powersports manufacturer with a factory right here in Nebraska, what we’re talking about today may very well be the coolest thing we’ve talked about yet.

Meet the Dodge Viper. 

A photo article (and the accompanying video) from the New York Times earlier this year sheds a little light on how the American supercar is made.

The Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, where the Viper is made, employs about 150 people. About 12 cars are made per day, and at around $100,000 (minimum) per car, they’re no budget sedan, either.

The Viper is meticulously crafted by hand. A worker at Conner, Mike Chapman, says that “you’re more like a craft person than a line worker” at the plant where the Viper is made, and as the article notes, “with almost no automation in place, the loudest sounds are the roars of a Viper’s engine.”

We can only imagine how great the engine sounds when it’s fired up for the first time.

But enough of us talking about the Dodge Viper’s manufacturing. Have a look at the video yourself and see just how cool the whole process is. Seriously–it’s awesome.

You can view the pictures from the article here.

And for even more insight on how modern cars are made, check out the much more automated production of the Tesla Model S below. The making of the Tesla S is just as impressive, but for different reasons–the manufacturing of the S is highly automated.

Have a look:

Image © Brett Beyer