Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham working on a SEMA project with Mopar

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is currently working on a project with the folks from Chrysler’s Mopar division to customize a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a series of YouTube videos chronicling the build – and the debut of this unique Challenger named Project Ultraviolet is set for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Evidently, Jeff Dunham is a big fan of high performance Chrysler products so when the folks from Mopar wanted a celebrity to team up with on a 2012 SEMA Show project – they turned to Dunham for his input. Chrysler has worked with celebs in the past like country star Kenny Wayne Sheppard to design gorgeous customized and privately owned muscle cars for the SEMA Show but unlike Sheppard’s custom 1964 Dodge A330, Dunham’s project is based on a brand new model.

As you can see in the video below which is the first in a series of YouTube clips featuring Jeff Dunham, the Mopar team and Alan Palmer (his custom shop is responsible for the Project Ultraviolet build), Dunham met at his home with Chrysler regional communication boss Scott Brown and Head of SRT/Mopar Mark Trostle to discuss the project. Trostle presented Dunham with a variety of computer generated images of customized 2012 Dodge Challengers while the comedian pointed out what he did and did not want in Project Ultraviolet. The key points were that he wanted it to be a new Challenger SRT8 with the 470 horsepower, 392 cubic inch Hemi mated to a proper 6-speed manual transmission. Dunham also talked about some of the features that he did like and didn’t like, specifically showing favor towards the muscular wheel flares and a vintage T/A-style hood.


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