Calling All Students in Auto Body Schools: Keep Your Eyes Peeled for 3 Star Wars-Themed Dodge Cars!
December 30, 2015
The long-anticipated movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was finally released to the many patient Canadian fans who have been awaiting the film for quite some time. However, fans in LA have been treated for the past couple of weeks, as three Star Wars-themed Dodge vehicles have been driving through the city, creating buzz for the film’s launch.
Star Wars fans have had the opportunity to follow the cars via their Twitter handles, in order to land a chance at having their photos taken with two ‘Storm Trooper’-themed SRT Hellcats as well as a ‘Kylo Ren’-themed Viper ACR. The three vehicles have been stopping at random locations throughout LA.
If you’re planning to pursue an auto painting career, read on to learn more about the specs, designs and features of these Dodge models that pay homage to the Star Wars franchise.
Storm Trooper Dodge Hellcats: May The Force of Auto Painting Be With You
As part of its effort to promote the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, two out of the three custom Dodge vehicles were designed and painted to look like First Order Storm Troopers.
The all-white Dodge Hellcats (one is a Challenger and the other is a Charger) feature a simple auto painting design, which has a black stripe running from the side of the headlights, over the wheel wells to curve back up under the front windows. Painted under the stripes are smaller vent-like markings, in order to make it seem as though it is a moving storm trooper helmet. This custom paint job seems possible to reproduce, should a future client require it of you once you become an automotive painting professional.
Both Hellcat models are truly a ‘force’ to be reckoned with. Under the hood, you’ll find one of the most powerful production V8 engines ever built. The 6.2-litre HEMI V8 Hellcat engine pumps out 707 horsepower with 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Both models allow drivers to choose between street, sport, and track driving modes to provide the ultimate driving experience.
Kylo Ren Dodge Viper ACR: The Dark Side Of Auto Painting
Kylo Ren, the latest villain to be introduced to the Star Wars franchise, was embodied by Dodge in a Viper ACR. The paint job on the blacked-out Viper makes use of the standard ACR hood scoop and vents to extend into a large image of Kylo Ren’s mask—completely in silver. The windshield serves as the villain’s visor in this case and the custom work ends at the back of the roof.
Dodge picked the perfect model to portray Kylo Ren. The barely street-legal Viper ACR features an aerodynamics kit that has a giant spoiler and removable front splitter extension, providing additional downforce to the vehicle at high speeds.
Dodge didn’t alter anything under the hood on this model of Viper, but that’s likely because the company didn’t need to. The 8.4-litre Viper V10 fires 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque to the car’s rear axle.
Unfortunately, coming across a Viper during your career in auto body repair is about to become an even rarer occurrence. Due to low sales, Fiat Chrysler recently announced that it will be halting production of the Viper in 2017.
Check out this video of the three Dodge models in action:
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