|Dodge Announces Limited Edition GT2 Viper |
In honor of two GT2 class world motorsports championships won by Dodge Vipers in 1997, including the driver's and manufacturer's titles, Dodge has announced that it will build a commemorative, limited edition Viper. Only 100 of these limited edition street-legal 1998 GT2 Championship Vipers will be built. The suggested retail price for the Viper GT2 is $85,200.
Viper Team ORECA, Chrysler's factory-development team, clinched the FIA GT2 Drivers' Championship last October with Justin Bell at the season finale at Laguna Seca Raceway. In addition, the FIA, the world sanctioning body for motorsports, awarded its Manufacturers' Championship to Chrysler during October in Sebring, Fla., when the two-car ORECA team swept that event with a one-two finish. As a result, Chrysler Corporation became the first American company to win an FIA Championship with a production-based vehicle that was both designed and developed in-house.
With seven wins, 18 podium finishes and nine pole positions out of 10 FIA starts, the Viper GTS-R won its first world championship in its first full season of racing. Viper Team ORECA finished the year with 126 points, 43 points ahead of its nearest competitor, Roock Racing. While Justin Bell took the Drivers' title with a total of 66 points, teammates, Philippe Gache and Olivier Beretta, were not far behind with 60 points, ending the year in third place in the driver's standings.