1996 Viper GTS

1996 Dodge Viper GTS

A case study in a comprehensive redesign of a ’90s supercar.  In order to bring the car up to modern racecar standards, the entire suspension is replaced with a bespoke design, including tubular aircraft-grade steel control arms, billet CNC machined uprights, and custom sized wheels.

Built solely for unlimited-class road racing and time trials, it’s an excellent engineering exercise with few design limitations.  Prodigious power and ample grip make for an extremely fast racecar.

Vitals

  • Engine- Stock Gen 2 Viper block, 522 cu. in. (8569cc)
  • Transmission- Emco DV46 Sequential
  • Brakes- 15″/13″ Iron Rotors, 6 piston and 4 piston Brembo Calipers, Bosch Motorsport M4 ABS System
  • Suspension- Penske 8765 shocks, cockpit adjustable swaybars, tubular steel control arms
  • Electronics- Motec M800 ECU, ADL3 Datalogger, Motec drive-by-wire throttle control
  • Race Weight- 3170 lbs

Best Lap Times

  • Motorsport Ranch Cresson- 1:14.73; June 7th 2016
  • Hallett Motor Racing Circuit- 1:17.75; June 11th 2016

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History

A brief history of the Viper, from 2002 through 2013.

 

Viper_Thumbnail_03Redesign & Rebuild

After the a few dormant years, an ambitious suspension redesign was started in late 2015 that was completed for the 2016 season.