Dodge Viper

We are pleased to present you a category of cars “Special Guest” who will be present at the 1st Only Shelby Meeting.
September 17 & 18, 2022 – Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome


We warmly thank Mr. Edwin S. who owns the largest collection of racing Vipers in the world.
Thanks to him, the Only Shelby Meeting will have the honor of exhibiting 7 racing Vipers!

Come and admire Edwin’s collection at the Swiss Viper Museum in Givisiez, Switzerland

Dodge Viper RT/10 “Le Canari” Le Mans 1994

In 1993, the well-known French Motorsport journalist and race team owner Gilles Gaignault was one of the very first people to realize the Dodge Viper’s racing potential and entered 2 Viper RT10’s in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. At that time, the Chrysler group did not have any intention of entering the Viper under their name and Gaignault had to attract sponsorship from “Rent a Car” and other sponsors. He hired the legendary Luigi Cimarosti from “Luigi Racing” in Liege, Belgium to supervise the cars’ preparation. He was faced with the ambitious task of converting two standard road cars to full race Le Mans spec within a period of 6 months: but both cars were finished just in time.
Most people who attended the race had never seen a Viper and the cars caused massive attention because of their fluorescent orange and yellow colors. Radio Le Mans soon labeled them “L’orange” and “Le Canarie”. They became the audience and the paddocks’ darlings!

“Le Canarie” was driven by Francois Migault, Denis Morin and Philippe Gache who fought an epic battle to finish in 19th place. After the race in Le Mans, “Le Canarie” was only slightly modified for the very popular BPR series and raced in China, Brazil, Nogaro and Brands Hatch. At the end of the 1996 season the car retired. 

Following the success of the cars at Le Mans, the Chrysler Corporation realized that the Viper concept was a potential class winner and they developed the purpose built GTS-R that would dominate GT racing for years to come. Certainly one of the most important, iconic and powerful GTs at that time, the Viper is already a legend! 

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Technical sheet :

Chassis : # 1B3 BR6 5E0 PV 200381 «Le Canarie»Original engine: Chrysler V10 8.0L – modified stock engine
Year of manufacture: 1993
Original Run Group / Class: LM-GT1
First owner: Gilles Gaignault, Team Luigi Racing

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum, Switzerland (*2016)

Track records :

1994 24H Le Mans, GT1 – 4
1996 Dijon
1996 Brands Hatch, GT2
1996 Spa, GT2
1996 Zhuhai, GT2
1996 Curtiba, GT2 – 13
1996 Brasilia, GT2 – 16

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Dodge Viper RT/10 “L’Orange” Le Mans 1994

Technical sheet :

Original engine: Chrysler V10 8.0L – modified stock engine

Year of manufacture: 1994

Original Run Group / Class: LM-GT1

First owner: Gilles Gaignault, Team Luigi Racing

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum, Switzerland (*2014)

Track records :

1994 24H Le Mans, GT1 – 3 (12) – Premières Vipers en compétition majeure, premier podium

1995 24H Le Mans, GT1

1995 Nogaro, GT3 – 3 (11)

1996 24H Daytona, (Grand Am), GTS1

1996 2H Dijon

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Dodge Viper GTS-R P5
Le Mans 1996

Technical sheet :

Stock Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 – Race
Year of manufacture: 1996
Original Run Group / Class: GT1
First owner: Canaska-Southwind

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum, Switzerland (*November 2018)

Track records :

1996 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT1 – 8 (10)
1996 Mosport (Grand Am), GTS1 – 2 (7)
2002 Silverstone (GT britannique), GT – 7 (16)
2002 Oulton Park (GT britannique), GT – DNF
2002 Snetterton (GT britannique), GT – 6 (11)
2002 Thruxton (GT britannique), GT – DNF
2002 Donington II (GT britannique), 5 (10)

Dodge Viper GTS-R C19

Technical sheet :

Stock Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 – Race
Year of manufacture: 1999
Original Run Group / Class: GT
First owner: Chamberlain Motorsport

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum, Switzerland (*November 2018)

Track records :

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT – 4 (4)
1999 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT – 4 (4)
1999 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS – 9 (22)
1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT – 12 (12)
1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT – DNF : accident
1999 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT – 4 (4)
1999 Donington (FIA GT), GT – 5 (5)
1999 Homestead (FIA GT)
1999 Watkins Glen (FIA GT), GT – 3 (3)
1999 Fuji 1000 km NC Race, LMGTS – 1 (7)
1999 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT – 2 (2)
2000 Valencia (FIA GT), GT
2000 Estoril (FIA GT), GT – 5 (5)
2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT
2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT – 4 (4)
2000 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT – 3 (3)
2000 A1 Ring (FIA GT), GT – 7 (7)
2000 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS – 7 (26)
2000 Laguna Seca (ALMS), GTS – 5 (15)
2000 Las Vegas (ALMS), GTS – 5 (16)
2000 Adélaïde (ALMS), GTS – 3 (8)
2001 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTS
2003 Donington (GT britannique)
2003 Snetterton (GT britannique)
2003 Silverstone (GT britannique)

Dodge Viper GTS-R C30

Technical sheet :

Stock Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 – Race
Year of manufacture: 1999
Original Run Group / Class: GTS
First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum, Switzerland (*2001)

Track records :

2000 Sebring (ALMS), GTS – 3 (9)
2000 Charlottle (ALMS), GTS – 3 (19)
2000 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS – 5 (12)
2000 Nürburgring (ALMS), GTS
2000 Sears Point (ALMS), GTS – 1 (8)
2000 Mosport (ALMS), GTS – 3 (6)
2000 Texas (ALMS), GTS – 3 (20)
2000 Portland (ALMS), GTS – 2 (12)
2000 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS – 2 (10)
2000 Laguna Seca (ALMS), GTS – 3 (10)
2000 Las Vegas (ALMS), GTS – 2 (8)
2000 Adélaïde (ALMS), GTS – 2 (4)
2008 Trophée Martinet
2010 Touring Car Challenge (TCC) Allemagne

Dodge Viper GTS-R C42

Technical sheet :

Stock Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 – Race
Year of Manufacture: Early 2002
Original Run Group / Class: GT
First owner: Larbre Competition

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum, Switzerland (*2006)

Track records :

2002 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT – 3 (3)
2002 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT – 3 (3)
2002 Brno (FIA GT), GT – 2 (2)
2002 Jarama (FIA GT), GT – 3 (3)
2002 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS – 4 (18)
2002 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT – 2 (2)
2002 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT
2002 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT – 1 (1)
2002 Pergusa (FIA GT), GT – 5 (5)
2002 Donington (FIA GT)
2002 Estoril (FIA GT), GT – 4 (4)
2002 Champion du monde FIA GT – Fini 2e du championnat
2003 Barcelone (FIA GT)
2003 Magny-Cours (FIA GT)
2003 24H Le Mans TEST DAY – la voiture a participé avec 4:00.896 tour
24H Spa 2003 (FIA GT), GT – 2 (4)
2004 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT – R1 : 3 (3), R2 : 3 (3)
2004 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT – R1 : 2 (2), R2 : 1 (1)
2004 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT – R1 : 2 (2), R2 : 7 (7)
2004 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT – R1 : 1 (1), R2 : 5 (5)
2004 Albi (FFSA Gt), GT – R1 : DNF, R2 : DNF
2004 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT – R1 : DNF, R2 : 3 (3)
2004 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT – R1 : 6 (6), R2 : 6 (6)
2008 Trophée Martinet

Dodge Viper GT3-R C006

Technical sheet :

Stock engine: Arrow built the production-based 8.4L SRT V10
Year of manufacture: 2015
Original Run Group / Class: GT3
First owner: Riley (March 2015)

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum, Switzerland (*September 2015)

Track records :

2015 VdeV, car tune-up, test and tuning

2016 VdeV, 3rd overall in the championship

The History of the Dodge Viper

At the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, several manufacturers immersed themselves in the buoyant segment of coupes of around 300 horsepower, dominated until then by names with a long tradition such as Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar XJS, Porsche 968 or Ferrari 348.

Chrysler had acquired Italian specialist Lamborghini in 1987, but Lee Iacocca, the brand’s director at the time, wanted a truly American, self-developed sports car. “Sporty” and “American” at this time finally referred to a name that had already begun to take on legendary tones: Carroll Shelby.

Viper Line

The Texan had made the elusive reptiles part of his personal stamp, as he demonstrated with the Shelby AC Cobra and Shelby Cobra Daytona; Chrysler was not only inspired by the design of the second, but had Carroll as an adviser for its sports car.

Since “Cobra” was already a name associated with Shelby’s own cars and the Mustang, they chose a different name, but in the same tone: Viper (“viper”). The first “prototype” was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 1992, although the production model, almost a carbon copy, took only a few months to appear.

Pure poison

In addition to the gigantic proportions of the long hood, the wheels glued to the front and the windshield set back far back, the Dodge Viper took the muscle car maxim to the extreme; put a big engine in a small car.

Although the two-seater isn’t as small and much lighter (nearly a ton and a half), the engine was a Lamborghini-tuned 8.0-liter ten-cylinder monster.

While 300 horsepower was the psychological limit at which most sports cars of the time were driven, the Viper exceeded 400 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, hitting the quarter mile in under 14 seconds (13.9) up to a maximum of 266 km/h.

A Lamborghini Diablo then offered 492 hp and 428 lb-ft, while a Ferrari Testarossa (both with a V12) produced 428 hp and 362 lb-ft of torque; The Dodge Viper was not only the most powerful American street sports car, it was one of the most impressive in the world.

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1989 – Presentation of the Dodge Viper by Lee Iacocca

The Dodge Viper was conceived in 1988 when Bob Lutz (Head of Worldwide Product Development for Chrysler Corporation, at the time) and Carroll Shelby were talking about designing a car that matched the muscle car of the 1960s with the technology of the 1990s Carroll Shelby and Bob Lutz used the Cobra as inspiration with the two-seat design, powerful engine, simple minimalist design, muscular and aggressive styling and high performance.

In 1989, the Dodge Viper appeared as a concept car at the Detroit International Auto Show. The public reaction to this concept car prompted car enthusiasts, such as the president of the German club Ferrari, to place an order. Lee Iacocca was there for the launch of the Dodge Viper in April 1992 and reportedly said “If that doesn’t excite you, check your pulse because you’re not well today”. The Dodge Viper was not only a hit in America, it graced the cover of Six European magazines during its concept tours with the Auto Show circuit.

1991 – Dodge Viper Pace Car

When Dodge was named the official pace car for the 1991 Indianapolis 500, the company intended to use the Dodge Stealth. That was until the United Auto Workers vigorously protested that both the Stealth and its sister car the Mitsubishi 3000GT were manufactured in Japan. Chrysler engineers had already been working for a couple of years on a high-performance 488-cubic-inch V10 sports car called the Viper, and while there were still no immediate plans for a production date, this unexpected dilemma caused them to press ahead with enhancements to the prototype and have it ready for May. They managed to get it done, but not by much. When qualifications began there was only one Viper on the grounds, and it was not until a couple of days before the race that a second Viper finally arrived as a “backup.” The cars received plenty of attention, and the Viper became available to the public on January 1, 1992. The pace car’s driver was the legendary racer-turned-car designer Carroll Shelby, who helped map out early concepts for the Viper and for whom the Ford Shelby Mustang is named.

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1996 – Dodge Viper RT/10 CS-1 Carroll Shelby Edition

The Dodge Viper holds a truly special place in the hearts and minds of many. It’s still seen as one of the greatest performance cars ever made. Owning an early example is a dream for many, and this special Carroll Shelby Edition roadster has cropped up on Bring a Trailer. It’s a 1996 Viper RT/10 and one of just 19 Shelby editions, built by Fitzgerald Motorsports in the late 1990s, making it a rare model of the Viper. It is currently located in Tampa, Florida, and has just 11,000 miles on the clock.

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Dodge Viper. The Pride of the Stars and Stripes

There are cars that are born to deliver a message. The Dodge Viper is a perfect example: a ragged Chrysler on the verge of bankruptcy saved by a brave and brilliant Lee Iacocca, managed to send out a strong message of “American pride” with a model that had absolutely nothing to do with the monotony of mass production. the year was 1989, Chrysler had returned to health and bought Lamborghini and had among its consultants the one and only Carroll Shelby who had made the Stars and Stripes proud in the World Sports Prototype Championship races with the AC Cobra. In short: they had it all: Lamborghini was asked to lighten and enhance the large 7,986cc V10 used for a truck within the range while the car’s design was inspired by the Cobra: front engine, no concessions made to accessories or driver assistance, ABS included, six-speed manual transmission, and off you go!

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