Dodge Viper GTS-R
Team Viper engineers were able to drastically increase the power of the second generation 8.0L V10 engine by utilizing its existing components - such as the block, cylinder heads, and crankshaft. At the same time, Paul Brown of the British sportscar manufacturer Reynard Motorsport's Special Projects Division re-engineered the chassis from the ground up, replacing much of the heavy tubular steel and fibreglass structure with lightweight carbon fibre components.
The Viper GTS-R's competitive debut took place in the 24 Hours of Daytona with Canaska Racing in 1996, and it continued on to 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished 10th overall. The following year, Team Viper had teamed up with Oreca and entered the GT2 class, winning five FIA GT Championship titles between 1997 and 2002. In 2000, Oreca made the switch to the prototype class, but Vipers customers still remained competitive.
In 1998, Team Viper returned to Le Mans and set new track records - leading the two GTS-Rs to finish first and second in their class, making them the first American car to win at Le Mans in three decades and the first production-based American cars to be awarded the winner's circle.
Apart from the race cars, 100 street versions of the Viper GTS-R were also made, boasting 460 hp (343 kW) and 500 ft·lbf (67 N·m) of torque.
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