We’ve all made jokes about cars with wings big enough to nap on, but some people actually try that out in real life. If you saw this photo of Hot Rod editor Elana Scherr napping on the giant rear wing of a Dodge Viper ACR, you probably assumed it was faked. Not true: Scherr and photographer Larry Chen pulled off the incredible shot at a state park in Arizona.
Scherr wanted to see whether she could live with the wild Dodge Viper ACR as her daily driver. Is the lap-record-scorching car too extreme for everyday use? Along the way, Scherr decided to try sleeping in the car, which led to the idea behind the fantastic shot seen here.
To get it, photographer Chen actually stitched together several different photos. One was simply to capture Scherr sleeping on the wing, another was a long exposure shot to capture the star trails in the night sky, and a final shot captured the glow of the Viper’s taillights.
“When we told photographer Larry Chen we wanted to camp in a Viper ACR and get a photo up on the wing, his eyes got huge,” Scherr writes. “You could practically see the gears turning in his head as he calculated exposure times and moon angles and whatever else in required for a brilliant night shot.”
For a more thorough explanation of how the Hot Rod crew captured this photo, read Scherr’s full explanation at Hot Rod.