• Jul 16, 2007
Next week's American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio will feature a special guest appearance by the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe in the GT2 class. Woodhouse Performance, which runs a pair of the cars in the Speed World Challenge series, is converting its #13 car to GT2 specs for the ALMS race to help itself and Dodge determine whether or not the Viper's a good fit for ALMS GT2. If the car's competitive, Dodge could then offer up the race Vipers to customers with the added selling point of having two race series in which they can be campaigned. Mid-Ohio is the only race on the ALMS calendar that the Woodhouse Viper will compete in this year.

[Sources: American Le Mans Series, Woodhouse Performance]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      World Challenge cars are closer to street cars than race cars , even though the Comp Coupe is pretty far out there. GT1 cars have radically altered suspension , and big engine upgrades. GT2 is closer to production based cars. This is why it makes more sense to try a WC car as a GT2 car. You just need to check out World Challenge to see what the GT2 Porsches , Vipers , Corvettes , and Cadillacs do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i understand that, and from a business perspective GT2 might be better for Dodge. But from an ALMS racing perspective, it seems like the logical decision would be to run modified Vipers against modified Corvettes.

        Racing an 8.4L viper against a 3.8L NA porsche raises some issues that probably aren't as pronounced in WC where it runs against Turbo porsches.

        It just seems to me that dodge would want to race in a category where they could improve the car, not restrict it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In World Challenge - the cars that finished 1st and 3rd in the last race were normally aspirated. The turbo Porsches never really did that well. The Porsche has weight on its side , or lack of weight. The Viper is big and heavy. The Porsche makes good power from the motorsport engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The GT1 Vetts are factory backed and the Vipers are customer cars (privateers) and pay their own way - thats the biggest difference = $$ cubic loads $$ of R&D dollars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that's impressive. Wasn't Wilson the driver whose SRT4 was stolen in June? http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/21/out-of-sorts-race-teams-transporter-stolen-2-cars-missing/

      Now he's in a mod GT2 Viper? Wow, he must be a great driver and pretty good negotiator, too! Quite a ride, probably not a free ride, but quite a ride nonetheless ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The reason that this car is in GT2 is because it is a privately entered car, with no support from Dodge. The car itself in a modified World Challenge Series car, and it was not originally intended to race in GT2, so it will be lucky to keep up with any of the regular GT2 entries.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why would they run gt2 instead of gt1? seems to me that to race in the gt2 class with such a huge displacement engine they would have to be fitted with significant intake restrictors or carry a major weight penalty.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ferrari runs the F430 in GT2, and it's considered a match for the Vette on the street (at least).

      So for a privateer team, this seems like a pretty good place.

      It is sad though, as there are only two cars in GT1 right now, the Pratt & Miller Vettes.

      The Viper Comp Coupe is a joke. I'll never understand how that car got through the homologation rules. It doesn't share a common profile with regular Vipers and they made very very few of them.

      --
      Remembering Paul Mumford
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's about damn time they get back in the game. But GT2?, does this mean they have conceded the heavyweight crown to the Corvette C6-R?