wo American Le Mans Series titles,
five FIA GT Championship crowns,
three consecutive class victories in the
24 Hours of Le Mans and, of course, that
famous against-the-odds overall victory
in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. And that’s
not to forget a pair of outright wins in
the Spa 24 Hours.
The résumé of the first racing Viper –
badged a Dodge when it competed in the
U.S. and a Chrysler over in Europe – is
certainly bulging with major sports car
successes. But the program’s success can
be measured by another number, too: the
huge quantity of Vipers that competed in
the hands of customer teams.
More than 40 Viper GTS-Rs were
produced over the lifespan of this
ultra-successful racecar, most of them
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Just like the latest Viper GTS-R racecar, the first generation
“Snake” didn’t win the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the first time
of asking. But once it cracked the code, it was unbeatable.