If Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles has his way, the Dodge Viper will live on, maybe not as a road car, but as a race car - at least until a redesign gets underway. Gilles hinted as much in this video, which was recorded just this week at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway.
According to Gilles, Dodge is looking at the possibility of continuing to build race versions of the Viper, similar to what has been done to the current-generation ACR-X, just to ensure that the Viper name remains afloat until after a new design for a road car gets drawn up. Then again, seeing as the future of the Viper line remains up in the air, there’s no telling when - or even if - that’s going to happen now or anytime soon.
Ever the optimist, Gilles remains hopeful that a a new Viper road car could still find its way into production, hinting that it just might happen somewhere down the road, although not anytime soon. "Racing is a great way to keep the car out front and people appreciating what the car is capable of," he said. "When it’s time to do a successor to the car, hopefully there will be a great fanbase for it."
We’re not arguing your point, Mr. Gilles. When it comes to the Viper, there will always be a great fanbase for it.