Creating an untapped chapter of Dodge Viper history.
In 1981, the FIA proposed rules allowing Group C cars into the World Endurance Championship. Meanwhile, IMSA – the premiere American endurance racing series – decided to introduce a new racing class referred to as Grand Touring Prototypes (GTP). More recently, entrepreneur and car enthusiast Casey Putsch is building his vision of the Viper V10-powered Nissan GTP car that never materialized.
To offer some perspective, Nissan and Mazda left the sport after facing criticism from privateer teams that the governing body allowed works teams to dominate the series – a decision which eventually led to the demise of GTP in 1993. History lesson over, there was one race car from the era that was never built.
While Dodge briefly competed in endurance racing with its SRT Viper GT3-R, the American automaker never competed in the GTP class. That’s why Putsch and his team at Genius Garage are assembling his interpretation of a Viper-powered prototype. The 8.0-liter V10 engine in this example will then be fitted to a Porsche 996 Twin Turbo transaxle to cope with the extra grunt. All of these components will then be connected to a Nissan chassis, which is identical to the same championship-winning cars of that era. For the full story and video, check out this article from Motor 1.