It was logical for Chrysler to turn the GTS into a race machine and they debuted the GTS-R in 1995. In 1997 two cars entered the GT2 class in World Sportscar Racing and came first and second at the Le Mans 24 Hours in France. The GTS-R even took the World GT2 Championship overall, a first for an American production model. Despite looking very similar to the road car, the R version had many changes. The engine sat further back to aid weight-distribution and was full balanced and given 12:1 compression along with stronger forged steel connecting rods for high rpm use. A dry sump oiling system helped maintain oil pressure under hard cornering. The chassis was strengthened and fitted with spherical joints on the suspension to ensure maximum response. Panels were swapped for lightweight carbon-fibre versions, and the low bodywork was deepened to aid air flow.
Dodge Viper GTS-R Specifications
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