Viper GT2 On The Way?
Motorsport Europe confirmed to dsc today that a very significant
development programme indeed is now underway for the Dodge Competition
Coupe in Europe.
from the Oreca based outfit confirmed that subject to the satisfatory
outcome of a meeting this week in Valencia the current FIA GT3
spec car will have an upgrade kit developed to enable the big V10
coupe to compete in the GT2 equivalent GTA class in both the International
Open GT and associated Spanish GT Championship.
upgrade kit will include enhanced engine performance, a new braking
system and a sequential gearshift."
There are however
no immediate plans for an upgrade to full FIA GT2 specification,
would require substantial modification to the rear bodywork, rear
wing and front splitter, the Competition Coupe has different rear
bodywork to the roadgoing SRT10 and this ensures that homologation
to full GT2 spec is less than straightforwrd. - It is not however
completely out of the question. It seems that there are conversations
underway with Dodge in the US but no move is likely towards full
GT2 homologation before 2008.
Coupe has proved to be a popular buy in Europe, 20 cars are now
racing on this side of the pond and, with more national GT3 series
now planned (with a German series and Belcar looking to adopt
GT3 regs too) the future looks bright. "There are two cars
in Europe that were sourced direct from the USA (the pair of Dutch
Challenge cars) but we have sold a total of 18 and there is a
lot of further interest."
As far as the FIA GT3 Championship is concerned it looks likely
that Racing Box and Pouchelon would like to return.
Indeed it is
Racing Box, already running GT3 spec Dodges in the FIA GT3 Championship,
already involved in the GT2 / GTA development programme and it
seems the team have outline plans to enter the first prototype
Viper GT2 FIA in the last race of the 2006 Spanish Championship
at Montmeló on 11-12 of November if things run to plan.
Their 2006 FIA
GT3 competitors though from Racing Logistics seem set not to return
2007and paddock rumours suggest that their cars might be sold.
Other teams are interested in stepping up but a decision is awaited
of the regulations
which currently specify no more (and no less) than 2 x 3 car teams