Following the adage that “racing improves the breed,” motorsports competition has long been part of Dodge Viper heritage. Beginning in 1996, Dodge began campaigning the Viper GTS-R, a “factory” racing Viper, which won several FIA GT championships, as well as class wins at the 24 Hours of LeMans. But, in 2003, the newest generation of racing Viper was unveiled — the Viper Competition Coupe.
“The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe came about as a result of demands from our Viper community,” said John Fernandez, Director — Dodge Motorsports Operations. “People who had Vipers were taking them to the Viper Racing League, which runs about 12 events at different race tracks throughout the country. These owners were spending a lot of time and energy making their Vipers even more competitive, and they came to us and asked if we could develop a race car for them. The result is the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe — a true racing version of America’s ultimate sports car,”
Making extensive use of Dodge Viper SRT10 production pieces to keep the retail price at slightly more than $130,000, the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe also makes use of race-bred technologies, including a carbon fiber-Kevlar coupe body inspired by the Dodge Viper GTS-R concept unveiled at the 2000 North American International Auto Show.
Other enhancements for competition include a safety cage, window net, six-point driver restraints, fire-suppression system, differential cooler, ducted brakes and racing slicks. A track-ready chassis based on the Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible is also key to the Viper Competition Coupe’s readiness for serious racing action.
Beneath the hood is a V-10 engine tuned for 520 horsepower (387 kW) and 540 lb.-ft. (732 N•m) of torque — serious power for a serious race car.