SRT Unveils Latest Viper Logo Before Actual Snake Itself

By Trevor Dorchies | February 15, 2012
If you're not jealous of Vince Galante check your pulse again. Galante is the man behind the design of the latest Viper logo (pictured above) which recently became a part of Chrysler's SRT branch. Having the honor of being able to create a supercar's logo is something very few can lay claim to and Galante is now a part of that group. Did we mention Galante is only in his 20s? Meet "Stryker," the latest snake to succeed "Fangs" and the original Viper logo "Sneaky Pete." Stryker was drawn up by Galante, with the name coming from votes cast by those in attendance at the 2010 Viper Owners Invitational in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the first time the super snake's logo has gone through a change since the last new emblem ("Fangs") was unveiled back in 2003.
Galante decided to take a more playful approach to Chrysler's exotic car, making Stryker appear more mischievous than the snakes before him. SRT is also quick to point out the new snake still has an "evil grin" like the original, Sneaky Pete. Since Galante is a lot younger than his peers in the super car logo designing business, he drew inspiration from popular cartoons shown in the 1980's like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and the Thundercats. In fact it appears Galante incorporated a little more of the Thundercats into Stryker's logo than he first thought. "I never looked at the images of the Thundercats while I was doing the new logo, but after the fact, I realize that the new design had some elements of those graphics, but more intentionally has some lines that reflect the new Viper," said Galante. The latest Viper logo wasn't solely inspired by 80's cartoons, as Galante also owns a Viper of his own. Other super exotic cars played a role in the designing of the new Viper logo too. "I'm a big fan of the classic '60's front-engine race cars, like the Cobra Daytona and the early Ferraris," Galante said. Could this be the next iconic logo for SRT's most prized vehicle in its stable? SRT design boss Mark Trostle seems to think so saying he knew it was right when he first saw it. After reviewing around 20 designs SRT settled on Galante's interpretation of the Viper logo for the still yet-to-be seen 2013 Viper. "Vince actually brought his pencil sketch to both Joe (Dehner, head of Ram and Dodge design) and me to review," said Trostle. "We both said 'That's it.' We knew Vince had created a new icon. The new Stryker badge is the most refined, sinister looking and beautiful badge yet, just like the shape of the car." The badge is now on display for all to see, but as for the actual car it will be resting on, you'll have to wait a little while longer. What do you think of the latest Viper logo? Do you like it? Do you have a favorite Viper logo? Sound off in the comment section below. Source: DriveSRT