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This was one of the first AUTOart's I think I ever bought :confused
At least i think I have owned this one for the longest time, not sure when it came out but I am prety sure I got it as soon as it was released.

My problem is that I know nothing about the car itself.
I know it ran at Le Mans in 1998 but nothing else.
I hate googeling it when I am sure there are some experts here :cheers

So, what do you know?



Chrysler Viper ran at Le Mans 1998 - #56 - Gary Ayles/Matt Turner/Hans-John Hugenholtz. Entered by Chamberlain Engineering, qualified 41st, finished 19th. The sister car (the #55 Benetton car) finished 21st.

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Two Chamberlain 1998 LeMans Vipers -

Chamberlain Viper at 2000 Daytona 24 -

Chamberlain also had a Viper at LeMans in 2000, but all I have is film, and no digital. I actually had a chance to talk to Lord Chamberlain prior to the race, in the pits. If memory serves me right, I don't think they finished that well, while the "factory" Oreca Vipers finished 1-2 in class:


Jeff....i hope this plugs any holes :cheers

Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster -- The original Dodge Viper. Introduced as a
concept car at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Served as 1991 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. Began production in mid-1992 model
year as a two-seat roadster. 2002 will mark final year for this design.
Dodge Viper GTS Coupe -- Originally designed as a one-of-a-kind show car,
introduced in January 1993. Widely praised as a natural extension to the
Viper line, the production version debuted in spring 1996. It was chosen that
year as the Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500. 2002 will mark the
final year for this design.
Dodge Viper GTS-R (later called GTS-R/T) -- An all-out racing version of
the GTS Coupe producing approximately 700 horsepower and featuring a carbon
fiber and Kevlar composite body. Raced as a "Chrysler Viper" in Europe. This
car, which retails for $325,000, earned the 1997-1999 FIA GT2 (later GTS)
championships, 1998-2000 LeMans GTS Class and 2000 Daytona 24 Hours outright.
Dodge Viper GT2 -- Commemorative 1998 model celebrating Viper's 1997 FIA
GT2 World Championship. White with blue stripes, only 100 individually
numbered copies produced. Featured high-mounted rear wing, special badging
and graphics, front splitter and ground effects, blue interior accents with
"Viper GTS-R" seat inserts, five-point restraint system and other special
Dodge Viper ACR -- American Club Racer (ACR) model was introduced as a
limited-edition, street-legal performance model in early 2000 (1999 model
year). ACR models feature modified suspension and 460 hp/500 lb.-ft of
torque. Lightened for club racing, the ACR is at home both on the road and on
the track.
Dodge Viper ACR Plus -- Mopar Performance Parts accessorized ACR model
tuned to produce more than 500 hp/530 lb.-ft. of torque.
Dodge Viper GTS/R -- Dodge Viper Concept Vehicle was first unveiled at the
2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The GTS/R concept
took racing-inspired technologies and applied them to a street car, wrapping
them in an exciting new coupe shape. This same shape was the basis for the
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe.
Dodge Viper RT-10 Convertible -- Originally unveiled at the 2001 North
American International Auto Show, the RT-10 offered a first look at the third
chapter in the Dodge Viper history. The RT-10 is a true convertible with a
more powerful V-10 engine (500 hp, 500 lb.-ft. of torque and 505 cubic inches
displacement) and a new design inspired by the GTS/R concept. It's scheduled
to go on sale in late 2002 as a 2003 model.
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe -- A closed-cockpit competition model based
on the next generation Dodge Viper Convertible. With concept car bodywork,
full racing cage and other safety features, this is an affordable, limited-
production race car for competition-oriented owners.



Body Style Single-seat Grand Touring competition coupe (not street
Assembly Plant DaimlerChrysler Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (CAAP),


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
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


Alternator 125-Ampere high-speed
Battery Leak-resistant maintenance-free 650 CCA


Type Racing fuel cell
Capacity 26.4 gallons (100 liters)


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


Description Frame-mounted hypoid bevel gear with speed-sensing
limited-slip differential


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


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


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


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


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


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


Type Michelin Pilot racing slicks
Size, Front P305/35ZR18
Size, Rear P345/30ZR19


Type and Material Three piece BBS, forged aluminum centers
Size, Front 18x11
Size, Rear 19x14


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


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

SOURCE Chrysler Group
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