Saturday, June 25, 2022

Dodge Viper: America’s Exotic Car

Viper in Motorsport

Like the car that inspired it, the Shelby Cobra, the Dodge Viper had a storied racing career. Dodge had introduced the Viper GTS-R in 1996 and in 1998 it went to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There, it took first and second in the GTS class. In 1999, it took the top six places in the class. It also dominated at Sebring and Daytona endurance races.

The SR II GTS-R was followed by the ZB I Competition Coupe. It was less a pure race car, and more a production car prepped for racing. The car was initially designed for a one-make challenge series in 2003, but privateer teams eventually took it racing in the American Le Mans Series.

When the final generation of the Viper was unveiled, part of that announcement was that it would once again go racing. It raced at the 2013 and 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, placing eighth and third, respectively. It also participated in the final years of the American Le Mans Series.


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