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Old August 20th, 2001, 10:11 AM   #1
Magic Mtn Dan
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0-60MPH 3.8 sec; 1/4mile 11.8 sec; Top Speed 192MPH; 1.25g!

Dodge to Produce Viper Coupe for Racing

MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a repeat of a a release that moved on Saturday, Aug. 18, without the DODGE VIPER COMPETITION COUPE VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS:

In August 1995, Dodge unveiled an extraordinary racing coupe that would ultimately make an historic mark on the world's motorsports stage.

The Dodge Viper GTS-R was the answer to enthusiasts and competitors who asked if a racing version of the amazing Viper RT/10 was in the works.

In a repeat of history, Dodge today unveiled the next chapter in the Dodge Viper racing legacy, the new Viper Competition Coupe.

"We knew when we introduced the GTS-R race car that it was ambitious, yet extremely logical," said Jim Julow, Vice President, Dodge Global Brand Center. "We set out to develop a history and tradition for our brand's performance icon that would cast a halo over every racing endeavor, and every car and truck we built.

"The Dodge Viper has exceeded our highest goals for what an American sports car should be. But as we turn the page and herald the arrival of the third chapter in the car's history -- the 2003 Dodge Viper RT-10 Convertible -- we can't lose sight of the heritage this car has built. And with that, we introduce a new generation of Dodge Viper racing car, the Competition Coupe."

With a coupe-shaped composite body based largely on the Dodge Viper GTS/R concept car shown at the 2000 North American International Auto Show, and a track-ready chassis based on the new 2003 Dodge Viper RT-10 convertible, this new car should emerge as a serious competitor from the first lap.

Every effort has been made to produce an affordable yet competitive GT- class race car, and Dodge executives expect high demand from its competition- oriented Dodge Viper owner base.

"The idea for a next-generation racing version came from the Viper owner body about 18 months ago," said John Fernandez, Director, DaimlerChrysler Performance Vehicle Operations. "A large proportion of owners enjoy racing their cars in organized competition."

"At the same time, DaimlerChrysler has received inquiries from major motorsports sanctioning bodies looking for Dodge Viper participation," added Fernandez. "Based on the input we're receiving, there appears to be real demand for a factory race car."

Dodge officials expect to build 25 cars in the first year, but have the ability to expand production as demand grows. Plans include technical support for competitors at all major events. Parts may also be offered through DaimlerChrysler's Mopar Performance Parts division, and available through dealerships nationwide.

The Competition Coupe makes extensive use of production pieces to keep the estimated retail price under $100,000. With well-over 500 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from even the stock 505 cubic-inch 2003 Dodge Viper RT-10, the Competition Coupe will deliver racers an extremely high level of performance for the price. A full complement of racing enhancements, including cage, window net, fire suppression system, six-point restraints, racing slicks, differential cooler and ducted brakes ensure that the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe is track-ready as delivered. The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe cannot be titled for highway use.

The Viper Competition Coupe's sleek concept car shape retains the 2003 RT- 10 Convertible's windshield, and as a result, affords the driver two inches of additional headroom as compared to the GTS/R concept car.

Among those events in which the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe would be eligible to compete are:

* Skip Thomas Viper Racing League -- The Viper Competition Coupe will have its own class and be the primary wheel-to-wheel event at the Viper Days weekends

* Grand American Cup -- The Viper Competition Coupe is eligible to compete in the Grand Sports Class with the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911

* Speedvision World Challenge -- The Viper Competition Coupe is eligible to compete in these American Le Mans Series support races

The Competition Coupe's predecessor -- called the Dodge Viper GTS-R and based on the 1996 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe -- passes on one of the most distinguished pedigrees in the modern history of endurance racing. The Viper GTS-R earned five international GT championships including the 1999 and 2000 American Le Mans Series GTS class titles and the 1997-1999 FIA GT Championships. The Viper finished 1-2 in the GTS class in three consecutive years -- 1998-2000 -- and notched an amazing overall win at the 2000 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the first for an American production-based car.

The Dodge Viper race car began life in the GT1 class in 1996. The escalating costs persuaded the manufacturer to switch to the GT2 class for the 1997 season. The Viper's production volumes (approximately 2,000 annually) qualified it for the category and it embarked on a racing program that was to earn it a reputation as the most successful American production-based racing car of all time.

As Dodge began to focus more of its engineering resources on development of the next Viper -- the 2003 RT-10 -- it was announced in December 2000 that the Dodge would take a hiatus from its factory support for Viper endurance racing.

There are no plans at this time to homologate the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe for American Le Mans Series or 24 Hours of Le Mans racing.

For photos of the Dodge Viper GTS-R in competition: www.viper-motorsport.com .

DODGE VIPER COMPETITION COUPE PERFORMANCE ESTIMATES

0-60 mph Acceleration: 3.8 sec.

0-100 mph Acceleration: 9.2 sec.

0-1/4-mile Acceleration: 11.8 sec. @ 123 mph

Top Speed: 192 mph

60-0 Braking: 90 ft.

100-0 Braking: 260 ft.

Lateral Acceleration: 1.25g
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Old August 20th, 2001, 10:13 AM   #2
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Body Style Single-seat Grand Touring competition coupe (not street

legal)

Assembly Plant DaimlerChrysler Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (CAAP),

Detroit

ENGINE: 8.3-LITER, OHV 20-VALVE SMPI V-10

Type and Description 10-cylinder 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled

Displacement 505 cubic inches

Construction 356-T6 aluminum alloy block with cast-iron liners,

aluminum alloy cylinder heads

Bore x Stroke 4.03 inches x 3.96 inches

Valve System Two pushrod-actuated overhead valves per cylinder

with roller-type hydraulic lifters

Fuel Injection Sequential, multi-port electronic with individual

runners

Compression Ratio 9.6

Power (SAE net) 520 horsepower (est.) @ 5600 rpm

Torque (SAE net) 540 lb.-ft. (est.) @ 4600 rpm

Max Engine Speed 6100 rpm

Fuel Requirement Premium (93 octane)

Oil Capacity 10 quarts, Mobil 1 10W50 Synthetic

Exhaust System Stainless steel tubular headers, GTS-R-style low- restriction racing mufflers, side exit

Emission Controls N/A

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Alternator 125-Ampere high-speed

Battery Leak-resistant maintenance-free 650 CCA

FUEL SYSTEM

Type Racing fuel cell

Capacity 26.4 gallons (100 liters)

TRANSMISSION: MANUAL, SIX-SPEED OVERDRIVE

Type Tremec T-56 synchronized 6-speed manual

Gear Ratios

1st 2.66

2nd 1.78

3rd 1.30

4th 1.00

5th 0.74

6th 0.50

Effective Final Drive 3.07

Overall Top Gear 1.54

FINAL DRIVE

Description Frame-mounted hypoid bevel gear with speed-sensing

limited-slip differential

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES

Wheelbase 98.8 inches

Track, Front 61.6 inches

Track, Rear 64.6 inches

Overall Length 184.1 inches

Overall Width 77.2 inches (body), 79.1 inches (mirrors)

Overall Height 46.7 inches

Ground Clearance 3.0 inches

Curb Weight 3,200 lbs.

Weight Distribution, F/R 50/50

Frontal Area 21.5 ft2

Drag Coefficient .40

ACCOMMODATIONS

Seating Capacity 1

Type Recaro Pro Racer competition seat

Instrumentation Motec race dash and data acquisition system with

ECU interface, carbon fiber dash panels

Cockpit features CNC-machined front anti-roll bar adjuster, fire

suppression activation switch, electrical system

cut-off

SAFETY

Features Driver-activated fire suppression system, custom- fitted side-window netting, Team Tech six-point

driver restraint system

BODY/CHASSIS

Layout Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

Chassis Construction Backbone tubular steel space frame with separate

cowl structure and FIA-legal safety cage

incorporating engine bracing

Body Construction Composite body panels, Lexan rear window

Aerodynamics Wind-tunnel tuned rear wing, front splitter and

rear diffuser, partial undertray

SUSPENSION

Front Cast-aluminum unequal-length upper and lower "A"

arms with spherical bearing frame attachments,

2.25" race springs, Dynamic Suspensions monotube

coil-over, compression and rebound-adjustable

dampers, driver-adjustable blade-type anti-roll

bar, six-lug production hubs

Rear Cast aluminum unequal-length upper and lower "A"

arms with spherical bearing frame attachments,

Dynamic Suspensions monotube coil-over,

compression and rebound-adjustable dampers, high

rate anti-roll bar, six-lug production hubs

STEERING

Type Power-assisted rack and pinion, solid mounted with

travel restrictors

Overall Ratio 16.7

Turning Diameter 61.2 feet

Steering Turns 1.60

Column Production Viper with tilt

Wheel GTS-R type race wheel

TIRES

Type Michelin Pilot racing slicks

Size, Front P305/35ZR18

Size, Rear P345/30ZR19

WHEELS

Type and Material Three piece BBS, forged aluminum centers

Size, Front 18x11

Size, Rear 19x14

BRAKES

Type Four-wheel vented cast-iron disc, Brembo four- piston/two-pad with advanced ABS. Electronically

adjustable front-rear bias, carbon fiber front

cooling ducts

DODGE VIPER COMPETITION COUPE PERFORMANCE ESTIMATES

0-60 mph Acceleration: 3.8 sec.

0-100 mph Acceleration: 9.2 sec.

0-1/4-mile Acceleration: 11.8 sec. @ 123 mph

Top Speed: 192 mph

60-0 Braking: 90 ft.

100-0 Braking: 260 ft.

Lateral Acceleration: 1.25g
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