2015 Dodge Viper GT: Good Grip in Freak California Rain
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on September 25, 2015
"Gaah! What's this? Water coming out of the sky? Such a curious thing has never happened!"
This was me, more or less, on a recent drive in our 2015 Dodge Viper. I had driven out of Los Angeles, heading north on Interstate 5, when I encountered thunderstorms around the Tejon Pass. It's uncommon to get rain up there this time of year, and probably even more so in this age of the California drought.
Rain came down heavily. My iPhone was buzzing with automated flash flood warnings. And there I was driving our mondo-tired Viper for the first time.
"Mass hysteria!" I thought to myself. But it turned out I need not have worried too much.
I did dial back the Viper's speed to match road conditions, of course, but I felt pretty confident with the Viper's traction. It maintained its dead-ahead attitude nearly the whole time. Twice the Viper got a little skittish, which I attribute to a combination of standing water and the car's inherent tendency to want to follow grooved pavement. It never got serious, though.
Rain? Viper? Peh. Bring it on, El Nino.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor