Jul 7, 2011

Dodge Viper GTS-R Could Also Make A Return

Dodge Viper Race Return

As was reported awhile back, the Dodge Viper will live on with the next generation model expected to hit the market in 2012. As part of its comeback celebration, Chrysler is reportedly considering entering the new Dodge Viper in the Le Mans series. While not official, strong consideration is being made.

The competition Viper, the Dodge Viper GTS-R, made its initial unveiling in 1995 at Pebble Beach Concours, while eventually making its competitive debut at the 24 hours of Daytona. With development help from Oreca and Reynard Motorsport, a fierce challenger was born. The Viper GTS-R holds three victories in the 24 Hour of Le Mans, along with three victories in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, to go along with various other accolades garnered from competitions around the world.

This time around, if things actually come to fruition, Chrysler will look to partner with Riley Technologies to head the development of their race-spec Viper. The collaboration would be similar to how things are handled between Chevrolet and Pratt & Miller, in regards to their Chevrolet Corvette C6.R race/competition vehicle. Speaking of Corvette, Dodge’s reentry into Le Mans would have it facing known rivals such as the aforementioned Corvette C6.R, BMW M3 GT2, and Ferrari 458 GTC.

The Dodge Brand is about being bold, aggressive, and unrelenting. What better stage to put those synonyms relating to Dodge on display than Le Mans. I’m certain race fans across the world would be more than happy to see Dodge’s renewed interest in one of the biggest racing events that there is. After all, the more big players involved the better, so let’s hope for some positive news to report on this front in the coming future.

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