Chrysler/ORECA GTS-R 1995-2004

Photo by Kurt Wadsworth

With an eye towards creating a winning legacy on the racetrack to separate Viper from exotic street cars, Chrysler approved the GTS-R program in 1995. The program ethos was set around utilizing as many production parts as possible. This would improve not only the street car, but also the skill set of Chrysler employees working on the program. A small team of engineers and artisans internally developed a chassis building upon the production Viper frame per racing regulations. Caldwell Development Inc was selected to provide engine development in association with factory engineers while J&P Motorsports provided direct support for the program during developmental testing and future component production. Chrysler engineering handled aerodynamic design at sites in the US as well as the UK in consultation with Reynard Motorsport which resulted in light weight carbon/Kevlar body produced by the latter. Although Riley and Scott provided fabrication services on the first few modified production frames, eventually this work would shift to Roush Industries.

Canaska-Southwind was the first team to approach Chrysler about racing the GTS-R and company engineers were embedded directly with the team for the car’s competition debut and further development in 1996. ORECA signed on next and although not optimized to compete in the GT1/GTS-1 categories, together the three entities campaigned GTS-R for the remainder of the year. The focus was on achieving success in the higher production based GT2 category and this was accomplished when Viper Team ORECA secured both the Team and Driver’s FIA GT2 World Championships in 1997. Continual success would follow with GTS-R winning four more FIA GT World Championships, three consecutive class victories at Le Mans, two American Le Mans Series Championships, an overall victory in 2000 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, multiple overall victories at other 24 hour events and more than ten national championships across the world. By the time GTS-R began to fade from the highest levels of GT competition in 2003, the program had earned its place in history as one of the most successful production based racing efforts of all time.

Complete assembly of the GTS-R occurred at Chrysler facilities in the Detroit area through chassis 8. Chassis 9 and 10 were sent to ORECA in France as rolling chassis for final assembly. Following this point in 1998, GTS-Rs were assembled at ORECA from components manufactured in the USA. ORECA handled customer racing sales and support with the official program beginning in 1999. They would go on to create evolutions of GTS-R following termination of Chrysler’s direct involvement after the 2000 season. The final customer GTS-R was sold in 2005.

-Shawn Romig

Thank you GTS-R team members!

The following were kind enough to be interviewed and in some way were involved in the success of the GTS-R program: Arnaud Brilland, Bernard Cristiano, Brian Anderson, Charlie Cook, Charlie Brown III, Chris Weismann, Cyrille Dabin, David Palmisano, Devin Rickey, Dick Myers, Dick Winkles, Eric Delbart, Eric Petersen, Gene Martindale, Harold Bunskoeke, Herb Helbig, JP Diot, Jeff Glover, Jeff Petrilli, Jeff Reece, Jerry Mallicoat, Jim, Steggar, John Caldwell, John Donato, John Fernandez, Justin Bell, Keith Munro, Ken Nowak, Kevin Allen, Lee Carducci, Luca Drudi, Matt Benjarowicz, Meinhard Rittmeier, Mike Hezemans, Neil Hannemann, Peter Gladysz, Shawn Hendricks, Todd Lohse, Tom O'Dell, Tommy Archer, Tom Wierzchon

*Ownership caveat - With regard to ownership listed here and elsewhere on this site, the reference is often to who was campaigning a chassis at any given time. Often that would be the same entity which owned the chassis. However, with factory race cars in particular, it's well known that behind scenes another party may actually own the chassis or it may even be temporarily leased or loaned directly from the manufacturer or another team.

CM-03

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Slightly modified production engine

Year of Manufacture: 1995

Original Run Group/Class: Internal Chrysler testing

First owner: Chrysler

Next owners (year): None

Chassis History/Notes: ***This car was not an actual GTS-R.***

CM-03 was an engineering mule which had been used to develop the GTS Viper street car. It was then utilized by GTS-R program engineers as a mule for the race car. It was silver in color and had been fitted with a small carbon brake package, minor engine upgrades including exhaust headers, a few carbon panels and modified suspension to accomodate larger wheels and Michelin slicks. The interior was gutted. The car was briefly run at Chelsea proving grounds for a systems check before being sent to Road Atlanta for a track rental organinzed by Michelin. There it immediately found the tire barrier in turn 6 when the carbon brakes quickly overheated due to a lack of cooling. J&P Motorsports helped Chrysler engineering to rebuild the significant damage before continuing the test. The car went on to be used for numerous developmental tests at Chrsyler's Chelsea, MI and Wittmann, AZ proving grounds until the first GTS-R chassis had been completed. Its existence beyond this point is unknown.

***Not to be confused with the homologation car which was a silver GTS with blue stripes and was constructed after GTS-R's first year of competition in 1996.***

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall)

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Photo by Chrysler

Photo by Maurice Liang

Photo courtesy of Jeff Reece

Photo by Kurt Wadsworth

P1

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: Summer 1995

Original Run Group/Class: IMSA GTS-1

First owner: Chrysler

Next owners (year): None

Current owner: Fiat-Chrysler Automotive, Michigan USA

Chassis History/Notes: This car was dubbed "The Mule" and was first used for testing at Chelsea Proving Grounds, Road Atlanta, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and even in Canada among other places. It was constructed at Chrysler's Jeep Truck Engineering facility. The car was built with bolt on control arm brackets so the team could experiment with geometry as the cars continued to evolve quickly. It appeared at Laguna Seca for the unveiling in August 1995 wearing #5 which signified just 5 months of development time. Although it wasn’t intended to be raced, Jeff Reece believes this car was pressed into service for the inaugural race for GTS-R at the 1996 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Other team members have since confirmed this. It served as #95 during the pre-race test in January. For the race it appeared as #97 still in a white livery with blue stripes. It was crashed heavily in the night by Vic Sifton trying to avoid a stalled Porsche. It is believed that the chassis color changed from the original black to white following repairs from this incident.

Jeff Reece and Jeff Petrilli believe this car also replaced P2 at Sebring in 1996. There is some confusion based on reporting at the time, but I believe at Sebring is wore #98 on a white livery with blue stripes based on a March 1996 picture of the car on an inertia rig wearing that livery and being labeled as P1 as well as post race documentation from Canaska-Southwind. It was taken to Le Mans in 1996 for pre-qualifying and actually made the field wearing #51, but was withdrawn by the team after the other 4 cars also qualified. This car's configuration changed regularly throughout 1995/1996 as the primary design of the GTS-R unfolded. In 1997 the car continued to wear its white/blue livery but carried #1 roundels though was only used for development work. Having previously resided in the Walter P. Chrysler Museum (through 2018) appearing as #97 in a white livery with blue GTS stripes and an Exxon banner on the windshield as it did in its inaugural race, it remains in FCA's collection today (2020).

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1996 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTS1 - 22 (58), accident

1996 12H Sebring (Grand Am), GTS1 - 13 (35)

1996 24H Le Mans PreQ only (ACO), GT1

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P2

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: Fall 1995

Original Run Group/Class: IMSA GTS-1

First owner: Canaska-Southwind

Next owners (year): None, destroyed then dismantled in 1996.

Chassis History/Notes: This chassis was constructed at Southwind Enterprises in Birmingham, Alabama with direct involvement from Chrysler Engineering. This car was raced at the inaugural GTS-R outing at the 1996 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. At the pre-race test in January it wore #97 on a white livery with dual green stripes over the top. For the race it carried #98 on the same livery. Brake issues led to contact with a tire wall resulting in front end damage. The car was said to have raced at 24H of Le Mans in 1996 in GT1 class as the #50 ORECA/Cica white livery with blue GTS stripes, but Team Viper members confirmed it was destroyed at Sebring in a tire testing/practice crash prior to the race. It hit the old crossover bridge abutment at high speed in the rain. Some parts were salvaged and used on chassis P2B/P5, but this confirms it wasn't present at Le Mans in the summer of 1996.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1996 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTS1 - 7 (29)

END

Photo by Andy Hartwell

Photo by Bret Parker

P3

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: Fall 1995

Original Run Group/Class: IMSA GTS-1

First owner: Canaska-Southwind

Next owners (year): NP Racing, Florida (*1997)

Current owner: NP Racing, Florida (*1997)

Chassis History/Notes: Driver Kevin Allen believes Roush was involved in the construction of this car (Roush did take over frame construction from Riley and Scott). It was built at Southwind Enterprises in Birmingham, Alabama with direct involvement from Chrysler Engineering. Originally the chassis was black. Kevin particularly remembers how much off idle torque it produced in GT1 spec with the factory intake manifold relative to the later cars that shifted the power higher in the engine's operating range. Jeff Reece said this car was scheduled to race at Daytona in 1996, but wasn't completed in time. There is some confusion, but it’s believed at the 1996 12H of Sebring this car ran as #97 Canaska Southwind in white livery with green GTS stripes. Ran in GT1 1996 24H of Le Mans ran as #49 Canaska Southwind in white livery with green GTS stripes and green door stripes. New research (2021) has shown that this car scored the first podium finish for the GTS-R program when it finished second at Mosport in 1996 as number 97. This would be the final race for the Canaska-Southwind team.

After sitting for some time the car was sold to NP Racing in Florida. They ran in GT2 at the 1999 24H Daytona as number 03 with a livery consisting of white above blue separated by a green stripe on most of the car with blue fascias. Prior to the race the team was given an extended front splitter to provide additional down force. Unfortunately they were not told that they needed to use additional splitter reinforcement support straps. During the race the splitter overwhelmed its support straps and ripped the entire single piece front end off of the car. The second time this happened it actually broke the windshield. The car would finish out its career at the Homestead FIA GT race in 1999 where it maintained its livery from Daytona, but wore number 14. Unfortunately the car retired with overheating issues. The car remains in its 1999 Homestead livery today and is complete still in the care of NP Racing in Florida (2021). It is likely one of the most original GTS-Rs still in existence.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1996 12H Sebring (Grand Am), GTS1 - 6 (12)

1996 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT1 - 14 (23)

1996 Mosport (Grand Am), GTS1 - 2 (7) - First podium, V. Sifton/J. Varde

1999 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GT2 - 10 (43)

1999 Homestead (FIA), N-GT - DNF: overheating

END

Photo by Maurice Liang

Photo by Dodge Garage/James Maxwell

Photo by Shawn Romig

Photo by Shawn Romig

P4

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1996

Original Run Group/Class: Show car

First owner: Chrysler

Next owners (year): None

Current owner: Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, Detroit (*August 2017)

Chassis History/Notes: This car was used for show and promotional duty. It was built by Metal Crafters with laser straight body panels and a Viper emblem bead rolled into the rear bulk head tin work per Jeff Petrilli. Ken Nowak was heavily involved in its construction too. (2018) P4 was present at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant closing ceremony in August 2017 wearing #91 and the red livery with white GTS stripes run in ALMS by Viper Team ORECA. Its single piece front end and rear brake cooling inlets are consistent with early build GTS-Rs. It's early life as a show car included the original white livery with blue stripes to represent the program as it debuted in 1996. It can be assumed that the car was repainted to promote the 1999 ALMS debut of the GTS-R.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

None

Photo by Ludovic Cholley

P5/P2B

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1996

Original Run Group/Class: GT1

First owner: Canaska-Southwind

Next owners (year): Randolph Watkins, Texas (between 1997-2000) > Canadian Owner (2009)

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum (*November 2018)

Chassis History/Notes: This car was internally referred to as P2B/P5 since it used a few of the salvageable parts from chassis P2 which was wrecked in testing prior to Sebring 1996. Originally its chassis was grey. There is additional confusion surrounding this car due to conflicting race reporting and records at the time. Some records indicate that it raced as #97 Canaska Southwind with a white livery with green GTS stripes in GTS1 at Sebring 1996, but the 1996 Le Mans yearbook referred to this as a new car. Discussion with team member Jeff Petrilli indicates that this car did not race at Sebring in 1996. This makes sense considering it is known that parts from the wrecked P2 were used on this car and P2 was wrecked just six days before the race. This was later confirmed by other team members.

The chassis then debuted at the 1996 Le Mans Pre-Qualification briefly wearing #98 early in the week before switching to #48 on the white Canaska Southwind livery with green GTS style stripes over the top of the car.It retained this number for the race and green stripes were added to the doors as well. P5 would score an impressive 10th place overall finish besting its teammate as well as the cars from ORECA. The car was displayed in Canada at a trade show appearing as it did at the completion of the race in Le Mans. Strangely, this would be the only appearance for the car with Canaska-Southwind before their program ended at the conclusion of 1996.

It is not yet known exactly when the car traded hands, but by 2000 this car was privately owned and being run in the Viper Days/Viper Racing League series in the US. The car was completely blue at this point and wore #48. In 2002 the car competed in select rounds of the British GT series under entry by Desperado Racing/QM Engineering. There it wore car number #38 and maintained its completely blue livery. Though the chassis was originally white, it was changed to black at some point during the second ownership period. It's possible that this occurred after serious rear end damage was suffered at a British GT race in the rain at Oulton Park. Race history beyond 2002 is unknown, but the car is believed to have retired from competition after this point spending the better part of a decade in a private Canadian collection. In 2018 the car entered the collection of the Swiss Viper Museum still wearing its plain, blue livery and black chassis. Work is nearly complete to restore the car to its 1996 Le Mans 24 Hours configuration and appearance as of February 2021. Although the museum has some of the original Le Mans bodywork, the car will wear a more modern GTS-R aero package (splitter/diffuser/wing) and a few of the body panels from later in its life.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1996 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT1 - 8 (10)

2000+ Multiple Viper Racing League events

2002 Silverstone (British GT), GT - 7 (16)

2002 Oulton Park (British GT), GT - DNF

2002 Snetterton (British GT), GT - 6 (11)

2002 Thruxton (British GT), GT - DNF

2002 Donington II (British GT), 5 (10)

END

Photo by David Stephens

Photo by Cory Gehling

Photo by Kurt Wadsworth

C1

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1996

Original Run Group/Class: GT1

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Chamberlain Motorsport (1997) > Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiére (1999)

Current owner: Cory Gehling, Wisconsin (*2001)

Chassis History/Notes: Built at Chrysler's Featherstone Road Engineering Center. Raced as #32 by Team ORECA in 1996 BPR Global GT Endurance Championship GT1 class with white livery, blue GTS stripes. Currently I believe this car to have been the #50 ORECA entry at the 1996 24H of Le Mans. Chamberlain Engineering had the car by 1997 running in GT2 as #54 with same livery early in the year, but by Donnington in September switched to blue livery with white GTS stripes. By 1997 they had also converted the car with two piece front bodywork. C1 was at Le Mans test as #65, but apparently was not entered in the race. Ran as #81 at 1998 24H of Daytona with Chamberlain Engineering in blue livery, white GTS stripes. Entered by Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiére for Le Mans 24 Hours 1999 but did not run as it had not been updated to reflect new 1999 GTS class homologation. Chrysler had updated the suspension locating/mounting points by this time and this chassis still had its original 1996 configuration.

Interestingly the car seems to have returned to the track for one final outing in 1999 with Brookspeed Racing at the fifth round of the British GT Championship. There it wore number 99 on its blue livery with white stripes, but wore a white fascia. The current owner says the car was sent to Daytona to serve as a backup car with Chamberlain for the 2000 Rolex 24. There was some financial issue between the team and Chrysler and as a result the car was left at Daytona and put on display at a local museum. By 2001 a deal was made to purchase the car and after an inspection to confirm the engine was in good working order it was sent to its current home (2021) in Wisconsin, USA. Today it appears in the Chamberlain blue livery with white GTS style stripes and wearing #64. This livery actually appeared on chassis C2 at Le Mans in 1997. C1 retains many period components including a fairly rare throttle body arrangement complete with aluminum plenum intake manifold which was only used by the Chrysler factory team for a short period in 1997 before switching to an updated throttle body system which utilized a carbon composite plenum.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1996 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT1 - 12 (21)

1996 Suzuka (FIA), GT1 - 8 (11)

1996 Brands Hatch (FIA), GT1 - 6 (8)

1996 Spa (FIA), GT1 - 9 (20)

1996 Nogaro (FIA), GT1 6 (8)

1997 Silverstone (FIA), GT2 - 11 (22)

1997 Donnington (FIA), GT2- DNF: accident

1997 Sebring (FIA), GT2 - DNS: engine

1997 Laguna Seca (FIA), GT2 - 4 (17)

1998 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GT2 - 3 (14)

1999 Silverstone Rd 5 (British GT), GT2 - 10 (14)

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1997 24 HEURES DU MANS #64 Chrysler Viper GTS-R (Chamberlain Engineering) Jari Nurminen (FIN) - Chris Gleason (USA) - John (Hans) Hugenholtz (NL) - res15

Photo by Christian Vignon

Photo by Greg Denton

Photo by Stehpane Cavoit

Photo by David Stephens

C2

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1996

Original Run Group/Class: GT1

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Chamberlain Motorsport (1997) > Brookspeed/Hayles Racing (1998) > Nadine Geary, England (*2001)

Current owner: Nadine Geary, England (*2001)

Chassis History/Notes: Built at Chrysler's Featherstone Road Engineering Center. Raced as #17 and #51 with Team ORECA in white livery with blue GTS stripes during the 1996 BPR Global GT Championship season in GT1 including the 24H of Le Mans as #51. ORECA had made some modifications to the hubs that were different from Canaska as well as the engine which had been tweaked by Henri Mader. They were running different roof mounted cooling scoops too. This chassis was originally painted black and is believed to be the final car with bolted suspension pickup points which were moveable for development purposes. Raced as #53 with Chamberlain Engineering in the 1997 FIA GT Championship in the GT2 class in what appeared to be the remnants of the original ORECA livery at least at Hockenheim and then as #64 with blue livery and white GTS stripes including at the 24H of Le Mans as #64.

Started 1998 season with Chamberlain in all black livery with #54. Ran as #54 at Silverstone and #56 at Le Mans in 1998 in GT2 with black livery and yellow GTS stripes. Raced as #96 by Brookspeed Racing in July at the second Silverstone race of the 1998 British GT Championship in a completely black livery with white text on the hood. The car crashed extremely hard into a concrete wall after a 3-4 shift accidentally resulted in second gear instead. The rear end of the car went in first and surely required framework to be completed as the impact at the end of the race resulted in a red flag with debris and fuel across the track. It was then a spares donor and went away into storage then until sold to Nadine Geary. It never raced again. There is some confusion here because the team bought C14 to race in C2's place before the next race. Some of the race results listed for C2 may actually be for C14. C2 is currently being restored to 1996 GT1 specification (2017). One of only two GTS-Rs to have competed in 3 separate 24H of Le Mans Races (96, 97, 98).

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1996 Jarama (FIA), GT1 - DNF: differential

1996 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT1 - DNF: engine

1996 Brands Hatch (FIA), GT1 - DNF: steering

1996 Spa (FIA), GT1 - 7 (9)

1996 Nagaro (FIA), GT1 - 5 (6)

1997 Hockenheim (FIA), GT2 - 15 (28)

1997 Silverstone (FIA), GT2 - 10 (21)

1997 Helsinki (FIA), GT2 - 4 (14)

1997 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - 6 (15)

1997 Nürburgring (FIA), GT2 - 15 (33)

1997 Spa (FIA), GT2 - 12 (24)

1997 Zeltweg (FIA), GT2 - DNF: spin

1997 Suzuka (FIA), GT2 - 12 (25)

1997 Donnington (FIA), GT2 - 12 (28)

1997 Mugello (FIA), GT2 - 10 (23)

1997 Sebring (FIA), GT2 - 10 (24)

1997 Laguna Seca (FIA), GT2- 8 (21)

1997 Zhuhai (FIA), GT2 - 3 (5)

1998 Oschersleben (FIA), GT2 - DNF: spin

1998 Silverstone (FIA), GT2 - 5 (13)

1998 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2- 5 (19)

1998 Silverstone 2 (British GT), GT2 - 4 (12) - heavy rear accident

END

Photo by Team Viper

Photo by Team Viper

Photo by ORECA

"Homologation" Car

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Unknown configuration

Year of Manufacture: 1996

Original Run Group/Class: None

First owner: Chrysler

Next owners (year): None

Current owner: Fiat-Chrysler

Chassis History/Notes: ***This car was not a GTS-R, but a modified production street car.***

This production car was used by the GTS-R team to homologate certain new components on the 1997 GTS-R. It was silver with dual blue GTS style stripes. At this point in time only a single car was required to be produced for technical verification by the FIA/ACO. From the firewall aft, the car was production Viper including a fully finished interior. It wore GTS-R bodwork and splitter forward of the cowl in order to permit the elimination of the production car's NACA duct on the hood. It contained a few other small chassis changes under the skin as well as some titanium hardware and engine components. The car was driven by the GTS-R team in and around Le Mans. Since the end of the program incredibly the car has remained in FCA's storage in its original configuration.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

None

Photo by Maurice Liang

Photo by Peter Brock

Photo by Jeremy Jackson

Photo by Euro Sport

Photo by Euro Sport

Photo by Euro Sport

Photo by Russo and Steele

Video by Peter Auto

Photo by Remi Dargegen

C3

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1996

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Gene Gibson/Orion Motorsport (December 1997) > Chamberlain Motorsport (1999) > Muzzy Racing (2000) > Ken Finneran, Great Britain (5/14/2007) > Pierre-Alain France, France (*20??)

Current owner: Available for purchase with Historic Cars France (Dec. 2021)

Chassis History/Notes: Built at Chrysler's Featherstone Road Engineering Center. A for sale ad posted in June of 2006 claimed this chassis made the first public appearance for the GTS-R at Gingerman Raceway during the Viper - Ferrari War event in 1996 (Monterey 1995 was the first public appearance with Daytona 1996 being the first race for the program). It was entered in the club race and was said to have won by quite some distance as expected, but other accounts say the car was just taken out in the wet for some demo laps. Neil Hannemann was said to have been the driver. Jon Brobst had previously relayed this story to me as he drove the pace car that day although he wasn't sure which chassis he saw, only that it wore #5. Raced as #94 with Team ORECA at 1997 24H of Daytona in GTS1 with white livery, blue GTS stripes. The car ran a Weismann 5 speed "IMSA box" in this race and took the pole while resetting the class record for the track. Unfortunately the gearbox had an internal component failure which took the car out of contention for the win.

C3 raced as #63 with Team ORECA at 1997 24H of Le Mans in GT2 with white livery, blue GTS stripes and blue/red stripes on the doors. Peter Brock was under the impression that #63 at Le Mans in 1997 was originally a car from 1996, but race records do not reflect that the car raced before 1997. It is believed that this car raced as #52 at the FIA GT race on the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit subbing in for C6 which was heavily damaged at Le Mans. In car video shows Bell behind the wheel and a white cage indicating it was this car and not the usual C6 chassis. Raced as #51 with Orion Motorsport at Silverstone 1998 in the first round of the British GT Championship in GT2 wearing same white livery, blue GTS stripes. By the second round at Oulton Park, the livery was changed to a monotone bright red appearance with yellow sponsor text highlights with number 51 taking the class win. The points scored at this race would contribute to Kurt Luby/Richard Dean winning the GT2 class Championship of the 1998 British GT series, though they completed the season in chassis C6. C3 then competed as #10 with Team Chrysler Viper/Chamberlain in two Spanish GT races in 1999, winning the first event. Another source says the car won as many as four races this year including Madrid, Barcelona and twice at Portugal but photos show that C6 was also used by the team wearing #10 in two races.

C3 maintained this white/blue GTS stripe livery when raced as #56 by Muzzy Racing at the 2001 Mid Ohio 250 US Road Racing Classic in GTS. This car has a white painted chassis. A classified ad posted in July 2006 listed the engine S/N: being 2021 at the time. The car was sold via a 2007 Russo and Steele auction. Its next owner campaigned the car in at least one event in 2008 at Silverstone with an 8.5L engine producing a claimed 820 hp. The car failed to finish as a result of clutch issues. During this race it maintained its 1997 ORECA livery but wore #6. It was restored in 2012 by another owner and appeared at the 2013 Le Mans Classic wearing its 1997 Team ORECA #63 24H of Le Mans livery. As of 2021 the car is actively competing in vintage races in Europe. It became available for purchase in December 2021.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1997 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTS1 - 3 (15)

1997 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - 5 (14)

1997 Nurburgring (FIA), GT2 - 2 (18)

1998 Silverstone 1 (British GT), GT2 - 2 (6)

1998 Oulton Park (British GT), GT2 - 1 (6) R. Dean/K. Luby

1998 Silverstone 2 (British GT), GT2 - 4 (12)?

1999 Vila do Conde (Spanish GT), GT2 - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) Pérez-Sala/Amorim

1999 Jarama (Spanish GT), GT2 - R1: DQ, R2: DQ

2001 Phoenix (Grand Am), GTS - 1 (12) Marziale/Messley

2001 Mid Ohio (USRRC/Grand Am), GTS - DNF: spin

2008 24H Silverstone (Britcar), GT3 - DNF: clutch

Numerous historic racing events through 2021

END

Photo by Nicky Paul Baron

Photo by Nicky Paul Baron

Photo by Kurt Wadsworth

Photo by Kurt Wadsworth

C4

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Mildly modified production engine

Year of Manufacture: Summer/fall 1996

Original Run Group/Class: Mopar demonstration/show car

First owner: Chrysler

Next owners (year): Chrysler, but Riley Technologies in Mooresville, NC (2017)

Current owner: Chrysler storage facility (*2018)

Chassis History/Notes: Built at Chrysler's Featherstone Road Engineering Center. Jeff Petrilli says this car was built for Mopar Performance as show car and to give thrill rides. It has a mildly modified production engine, radiator cooling fan and a passenger seat. Originally it wore a white livery with blue GTS stripes and #4 along with IMSA GT S1 class markings that would have matched those run in 1997. The chassis was also painted white. Photos courtesy of Nicky Paul Baron have revealed that the car was updated to wear the 1998 Viper Team ORECA livery and appeared on display at that year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. By the same event in 1999 it could be seen wearing the FIA GT livery of chassis C9, race number 51. The car would appear at various trade shows in Europe during this time. At some point the car was again repainted to reflect the #91 red livery with white GTS stripes and ALMS markings as would have been run by Viper Team ORECA in the 1999 season. Viper club members viewed this car still in this configuration at Riley Technologies in North Carolina during their GTS-R program years of 2012-2014 and the car was still there as of 2017 but has since moved to a Chrysler storage facility (2018). The last two photos show the car when at Riley Technologies.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

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C5

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Unknown configuration

Year of Manufacture: April 1997

Original Run Group/Class: Show Car

First owner: Chrysler

Next owners (year): Marketing Firm (2004)

Current owner: Unknown

Chassis History/Notes: Jeff Glover believed this car had been constructed by his colleagues at J&P Motorsports in Norcross, Georgia and was sent to Chrysler for a promotional event. Brian Anderson who was also at J&P remembers the same thing, that considerable time was spent constructing this car at J&P in Georgia. Team documents later confirmed that the car was constructed by J&P and indicate its purpose was for European marketing efforts. Brian recalls a photo of the car after it was just completed and rolled into the parking lot to be loaded onto a Reliable Carrier truck. At the time it was wearing a #5 on the outside. He does not recall what was the car's intended purpose whether show or race. (2020) All subsequent information has indicated that this chassis only served for promotional purposes, but no confirmed photos have been located to this point. The car's whereabouts are unknown as of 2004.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

None

Photo by Jeff Reece

Photo by Jeff Reece

Photo by Chrysler

Photo by Euro Sport

Photo by Julian C E Roberts

Photo by Dineen Dowmont

Photo by Tim Galyean

C6

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: February 1997

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Orion/Gordon Oftedahl Motorsport (December 1997) > Chamberlain Motorsport/Chrysler Team Viper (1999) > Michael McCann (2000)

Current owner: Michael Greenberg, California (*2003)

Chassis History/Notes: This was built as the first of the "lightweight" 1997 factory race cars. It may have been named after engineer Pat Shutte's daughter, Kalen, with a marking on the top of the roll cage. Construction was happening in February at the Featherstone Road Engineering Center in Auburn Hills. The car had the new intake manifold and cross brace which increased chassis stiffness from 8K to 24K ft-lbs per degree twist. This car is the only GTS-R to be built with a red painted chassis and by March had made its way to the ORECA shops wearing #50. Raced as #52 with Team ORECA in 1997 FIA World Championship GT2 events with white livery, blue GTS stripes. During some races, including Le Mans, the car also had the red/blue swooping door stripes. This car along with primarily chassis C7 would secure Chrysler's first ever World Championship victory as Viper Team ORECA clinched the Teams Championship at Sebring and Justin Bell won the Driver's Championship at Laguna Seca. At Le Mans in 1997 the car appeared as #62 and claimed the pole with Tommy Archer at the wheel running a 4:04.5 lap time, but was badly damaged in an accident during the race with massive rear end collision and subsequent fire.

Following the season the car was returned to Auburn Hills for a rebuild with the plan to retain it for development work. It appeared in a promotional shot for ORECA's 1998 team lineup wearing the new for that year red/white/blue swirl livery in association with new sponsorship from Mobil 1. The car returned to its 1997 livery when it debuted in 1998 as the #52 with Orion/Oftedahl Motorsport competing in the GT2 class of the British GT Championship at Silverstone. By the race at Croft it was converted to the team's monotone bright red livery with red sponsor text and number 51. At Spa it wore a black lower front fascia on its otherwise red livery and by this point in the season its red chassis remained along with the original Pi data acquisition display, but the original race seat had been changed. Oftedahl won 6 races and the GT2 class 1998 British GT Championship, with all the but the first of those wins coming in this car. Unfortunately in the final race of the season the car experienced a serious fuel fire while burned for a number of minutes. The extent of the damage is unknown but by 1999, it's possible that the car appeared in select races as the #19 or 19T with Chamberlain Motorsport in the US.

At Homestead, Chamberlain wrecked a car in the rain in practice and a spare car took its place. This hasn't been confirmed as C6. Later it appeared as the #10 with Chrysler Team Viper in two Spanish GT races. Car appeared at the test for the 2000 Rolex 24 at Daytona wearing #46 and a white livery, with a black hood. It was crashed in a night test session sustaining heavy damage and was apparently taken to West Palm Beach for repairs. At the Daytona 24 race it was entered as #45 with Team Viper West in GTO class in a mostly white livery with the rear half of the hood in dark blue. Chamberlain Engineering was actually running the car. McCann Racing bought the car right off the track at Daytona. It then appeared as the #82 for a few Grand Am races in 2000 run by McCann Racing out of Ohio wearing a black livery with dual red GTS style stripes.

After this, the car was driven in the Viper Racing League in the USA by the McCann brothers and later Michael Greenberg. It is said to have won multiple Michelin Challenge Championships. The car was returned to its 1997 FIA GT2 Championship winning #52 livery, but unfortunately was involved in a high speed accident at Willow Springs some years ago. Today it is be complete, but still awaiting repair of front end damage. The frame damage has been corrected, but the hood and grill show considerable trauma. The interior looks complete with the original red chassis paint. (2018)

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1997 Hockenheim (FIA), GT2 - 2 (12)

1997 Silvertsone (FIA), GT2 - 1 (8) J. Bell/T. Archer

1997 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - DNF: accident

1997 Spa (FIA), GT2 - 1 (11) J. Bell/M. Duez

1997 Zeltweg (FIA), GT2 - 3 (15)

1997 Suzuka (FIA), GT2 - 3 (16)

1997 Donnington (FIA), GT2 - 3 (18)

1997 Mugello (FIA), GT2 - 1 (14) J. Bell/L. Drudi

1997 Sebring (FIA), GT2 - 2 (12)

1997 Laguna Seca (FIA), GT2 - 2 (15) J. Bell: FIA GT2 World Championship Winner

1998 Silverstone 1 (British GT), GT2 - DNF

1998 Croft (British GT), GT2 - 1 (6) R. Dean/K. Luby

1998 Snetterton (British GT), GT2 - 1 (5) R. Dean/K. Luby

1998 Silverstone 2 (British GT), GT2 - 1 (6) R. Dean/K. Luby

1998 Donnington (British GT), GT2 - 1 (6) R. Dean/K. Luby

1998 Silverstone 3 (British GT), GT2 - 1 (1) R. Dean/K. Luby

1998 Spa (British GT), GT2 - 2 (6)

1998 Silverstone 4 (British GT), GT2 - DNF: fuel fire

?1999 Petit Le Mans, GTS - 11 (36) engine trouble?

?1999 Homestead, GT - 7 (8)?

1999 Barcelona (Spanish GT), GT2 - R1: 1 (1), R2: 25 DNF Pérez-Sala/Amorim

1999 Valencia (Spanish GT), GT2 - R1: 5 (5), R2: 3 (3)

2000 24H Daytona, GTO - 5 (6)

2000 Mid Ohio (USRRC/Grand Am), GTO - 5 (35) spin

2000 Road America (USRRC/Grand Am), GTO - 2 (24)

2001-2006 Numerous Viper Racing League events

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C7

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: March 1997

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan USA (2000)

Current owner: Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (*2017)

Chassis History/Notes: Built at Chrysler's Featherstone Road Engineering Center. This was built as the second "lightweight" car for the 1997 season. Original Chrysler team members believe it may have been named after GTS-R Program Manager Dick Meyers' daughter, Megan, with a marking on the top of the roll cage. This has yet to be confirmed. Appeared with Viper Team ORECA as #51 with white livery, blue GTS stripes and red/blue door swirl stripes in early part of 1997 FIA GT2 Championship. I believe this car claimed the first ever win for GTS-R at Hockenheim FIA GT2 race in 1997 with Olivier Beretta and Philippe Gache at the wheel of the #51. It was in contention for the championship, but a few bad races with mechanical trouble resulted in the #52 car (C6) with Justin Bell winning the driver's championship in 1997. Car appeared at 1997 24H of Le Mans as #61 and had a 7 lap lead on Sunday when ignition issues and eventually a stuck throttle resulted in a crash taking considerable damage near the Porsche curves.

Following the 97 season the car returned to Auburn Hills for a rebuild and was to be kept as a backup car for the next season. In 1998 on Thursday prior to pre-qualifying weekend for Le Mans, Olivier Beretta was driving the car at the Paul Ricard circuit when the injector rail became loose and sprayed fuel directly on the headers immediately starting a fire. Beretta was near 150 mph at the time and only had time to stop the car and bail out. The electric fuel pumps remained on and fed the fire eventually destroying most everything forward of the rear wheels. In a herculean effort, ORECA rebuilt everything forward of the rear wheel openings with the original chassis and new paint. Two days later, the car came back as #53 with Mobil 1/ORECA mainly blue and white livery with red swirl stripes factory colors for the GT2 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998.

Incredibly, it qualified second in class with a 4:00.6 after the massive rebuild. With a steady pace and conservative strategy built on execution in the pits and smart driving, C7 won the GT2 class providing Chrysler's first ever class win at Le Mans. Just a week later the car would appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed still wearing it's Le Mans dirt and battle scars. The unique 19" wheels were changed, likely to mount rain tires for a run up the wet hill. Shortly thereafter the car was returned to the United States for a celebration at the Chrysler Technical Center. The car was set to remain unwashed, but a group at Chrysler didn't get the message and mistakenly washed the car. C7 would be displayed by Chrysler at numerous events in the years to come and rather quickly the Chrysler windshield banner was replaced with a Dodge version on a replacement windshield as marketing shifted. The car eventually entered the Walter P. Chrysler Museum and would rotate between that location, the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant and Chrysler storage facilities. It remains with Chrysler to present day (2022) remaining largely in original condition outside of the aforementioned decal changes, wheels and the following components - rear wing replaced by smaller 1997 version, Pi Research 4 dash replaced with Pi 2, splitter extension and possibly the entire splitter replaced, roof antenna, grill screen, driver cooling hose from engine airbox, radio, miscellaneous data acquisition boxes and windshield replaced. While in storage the car has sustained damage to the diffuser strakes, rear fascia around the tow hook and the front took hook has been deformed. These details were inspected first hand while the car displayed alongside GTS-R C21 at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in July of 2022.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1997 Hockenheim (FIA), GT2 - 1 (10) O. Beretta/P. Gache - First Win for GTS-R

1997 Silverstone (FIA), GT2 - 3 (11)

1997 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - DNF: accident

1997 Nurburgring (FIA), GT2 - 17 (35)

1997 Spa (FIA), GT2 - 2 (12)

1997 Zeltweg (FIA), GT2 - 2 (14)

1997 Suzuka (FIA), GT2 - 1 (14) O. Beretta/P. Gache

1997 Donnington (FIA), GT2 - 1 (15) O. Beretta/P. Gache

1997 Mugello (FIA), GT2 - 13 (28), throttle problems

1997 Sebring (FIA), GT2 - 1 (11) O. Beretta/P. Gache

1997 Laguna Seca (FIA), GT2 - 3 (16)

1998 24H Le mans (ACO), GT2 - 1 (11) J. Bell/L. Drudi/D. Donohue - First Le Mans win for Chrysler

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C8

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: September 1997

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Team Taisan - Ricky Chiba

Next owners (year): French Speed Connection, France (*November 2018)

Current owner: Britec Motorsport, Germany (*March 2022)

Chassis History/Notes: Ken Nowak believes this is the last complete car that was constructed by Chrysler in Auburn Hills at the Featherstone Road Engineering Center. Fellow original team members Jeff Petrilli and Jeff Reece confirmed it was the final car constructed completely by Chrysler. This was the first official new build customer GTS-R sold. It was picked up at the Chrysler Technical Center in Auburn Hills by Mr. Chiba in a completely black delivery livery. Campaigned by Team Taisan which eventually became Team Taisan Advan. C8 competed in the GT500 class until midway through the 2000 season when it was converted to run in the GT300 class. In 1997 the car appeared in essentially its FIA GT2 configuration with a primarily black livery with bright red accents and STP sponsorship wearing #55.

Race number 55 would remain on the car moving forward, but the livery was changed to a medium blue color on the forward 2/3 of the car transitioning via vertical stripes to bright red at the rear still with STP sponsorship. A modified front bumper was added in 1998 which incorporated large canards on each side. It is difficult to tell in photos, but the grille opening may have been modified by this point as well to reflect what became common on the last GTS-Rs competing in GT1 in the mid 2000s. By 2001 the livery had been changed to mostly black again but with bright red accents on the quarter panels and wing. Advan and Eclipse decals appeared on the livery at this time as well. This car wasn't seen in public for some time before appearing for sale at a Japanese auction house, BH Auction, in October 2018.

After the end of the car's racing career, the team decided to turn it into a show vehicle. To make this task easier C8 was converted for street use with a number of its original racing components removed including the engine, suspension, wheels, and various interior pieces. It retains its mostly black livery with red accents on the quarter panels and rear wing. The front grille has been cut out similar to how many GTS-Rs appeared in the later GT1 years. C8 was planned to undergo a full restoration to its original 1997 GT2 configuration with Team Taisan (2019). It found new ownership on early 2022 where the planned restoration will continue.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1997 Okayama (Japan GT), GT500 - 14

1997 Sugo (Japan GT), GT500 - 8

1997 Mine (Japan GT), GT500 - 14

1997 Sugo (Japan GT), GT500 - 8

1997 All Start Motegi (Japan GT), GT500 - R1: 6, R2: DNF

1998 Suzuka (Japan GT), GT500 - 24

1998 Fuji (Japan GT), GT500 - 14

1998 Sugo (Japan GT), GT500 - 22

1998 All Start Aida (Japan GT), GT500 - 8

1999 Suzuka (Japan GT), GT500 - 9

1999 Fuji (Japan GT), GT500 - 17

1999 Sugo (Japan GT), GT500 - 21

1999 Mine (Japan GT), GT500 - 16

2000 Motegi (Japan GT), GT500 - 16 (18)

2000 Fuji (Japan GT), GT500 - DNF

2000 All Star Sepang (Japan GT), GT500 - DNF

2000 Fuji 2 (Japan GT), GT500 - 32

2000 Mine (Japan GT), GT300 - 22

2000 Suzuka (Japan GT), GT300 - 30

2001 Aida (Japan GT), GT300 - 23

2001 Fuji (Japan GT), GT300 - 24

2001 All Star Sepang (Japan GT), GT300 - 20

2001 Fuji 2 (Japan GT), GT300 - 24

2001 Motegi (Japan GT), GT300 - 29

2001 Mine (Japan GT), GT300 - 18

2002 Aida (Japan GT), GT300 - 27

2002 Fuji 500 KM (Japan GT), GT300 - 30

2002 Sugo (Japan GT), GT300 - 22

2002 Sepang (Japan GT), GT300 - 23

2002 Fuji 2 (Japan GT), GT300 - 24

2002 Motegi (Japan GT), GT300 - 23

2002 Mine (Japan GT), GT300 - 16

2002 Suzuka (Japan GT), GT300 - 37

2003 Aidi (Japan GT), GT300 - 29

2003 Fuji 50 KM (Japan GT), GT300 - 27

2003 Sugo (Japan GT), GT300 - DNF

2003 Fuji 2 (Japan GT), GT300 - 15

2003 Motegi (Japan GT), GT300 - DNF

2003 Autopolis (Japan GT), GT300 - 20

2003 Suzuka (Japan GT), GT300 - DNF

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C9

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: January 1998

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Paul Belmondo (1999) > Pierre Perret (2006?)

Current owner: Ascott Collection (*May 2015)

Chassis History/Notes: New car built at Chrysler according to Peter Brock for the 1998 FIA season. Jeff Petrilli recalls this was the final car he helped build at Chrysler but it was sent as a rolling chassis to ORECA for completion. C10 was constructed in the same manner and all future GTS-R construction was completed at ORECA. Car appeared as the #51 Viper Team ORECA white livery with blue/red swirl stripes throughout in the 1998 FIA GT2 World Championship. This car won all but 3 races in the championship and finished 2nd in those three races it did not win thereby securing the championship for Olivier Beretta and Pedro Lamy. Raced as # 51 at Le Mans in 1998 where it finished second to the #53 team car. Beretta became the first production based car to break the 4 minute barrier in qualifying with a 3:59 lap. During the race he posted the second highest speed of any car in the race going over 200 mph.

Car was sold to Paul Belmondo and competed in the FFSA GT Championship in 1999 as #11 wearing a yellow top/dark blue/purple bottom livery. Also competed at various FIA GT races in 1999 wearing numbers 11 and 22, but similar livery at each. Raced as #55 at 24H of Le Mans 1999. Badly damaged in prequalifying for this race, but repaired in time for race. It was identical to #54/C18 for Le Mans 1999 but after a prequalifying crash the livery was changed to white on top with black bottom and Playstation sponsorship. For reasons yet to be determined the car appears to have been absent from competition in 2000 and 2001. In 2002 the car appeared as #11 for FIA GT championship races still with Belmondo Racing white an updated version of its yellow livery now with purple/blue stripes on the doors and hood. In 2003 the car competed under numbers 17 and 25 though possibly in limited outings which included the Spa 24 hours.

In 2004 there is a picture of the car appearing in a brighter yellow livery with black GTS stripes as the #20 with Team DMS in the FFSA GT Championship at Nogaro. In 2005 car appeared as #56 still with Paul Belmondo, but now in a Gulf blue livery with a central bright yellow stripe and rocker panels. The car was purchased by the Ascott Collection in 2015 still in GT1 mechanical configuration, but in the yellow livery with dual black GTS style stripes. This includes the modified front grill, extended splitter, wider bodywork, sequential gearbox, and large, flat GT1 style rear wing. The livery was restored to that which it wore with Viper Team ORECA at Le Mans in 1998. It was displayed at the Le Mans Museum in 2016 for the "Americans at Le Mans" exhibit. The car remains in the Ascott Collection as of 2020 and stands as one of the most successful GTS-R chassis constructed.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1998 Oschersleben (FIA), GT2 - 1 (6) P. Lamy/O. Beretta

1998 Silverstone (FIA), GT2 - 1 (9) P. Lamy/O.Beretta

1998 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - 2 (13)

1998 Hockenheim (FIA), GT2 - 1 (8) P. Lamy/O. Beretta

1998 Dijon (FIA), GT2 - 1 (9) P. Lamy/O.Beretta

1998 Hungaroring (FIA), GT2 - 2 (7)

1998 Suzuka (FIA), GT2 - 1 (9) P. Lamy/O. Beretta/D. Dupuy

1998 Donnington (FIA), GT2 - 1 (8) P. Lamy/O. Beretta

1998 A1 Ring (FIA), GT2 - 2 (9)

1998 Homestead (FIA), GT2 - 1 (8) P. Lamy/O.Beretta

1998 Laguna Seca (FIA), GT2 - 1 (7) P. Lamy/O. Beretta - FIA GT2 World Champion

1999 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT2 - R1: 5, R2: 2

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: off course

1999 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT2 - DNF

1999 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - 5 (16)

1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - DNF: drive shaft

1999 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 9

1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - DNF: spin

1999 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

1999 Donnington (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

1999 Homestead (FIA GT), GT - DNF: clutch

1999 Watkins Glen (FIA GT), GT - 7 (8)

1999 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT2 - R1: DNF, R2: 1 E. Clérico/G. Martinolle

1999 Valencia (FFSA GT), GT2 - 3

2002 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 7

2002 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 6

2002 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 6

2002 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - 5

2002 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - 7

2002 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 7

2002 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - 5 (14)

2002 Pergusa (FIA GT), GT - 4

2002 Donnington (FIA GT), GT - DNF: body damage

2002 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - DNF: fan belt

2003 Belcar Zolder (Superfund World Series), GTA - 3

2003 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2004 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT - 6 or 8 in both races, conflicting

2004 Ledendon (FFSA GT), GT - 4

2004 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT - 8 (9)

2004 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT - 12 (28)

2004 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT - 5

2005 1000km Spa (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - DNF: gearbox

2005 1000km Monza (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - DNF: gearbox

2005 1000km Silverstone (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - DNS: accident

2005 1000km Nurburgring (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - 6 (29)

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Photo by Frank Huiskamp, believed to be C10

C10

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: February 1998

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Racing Box - Luca Canni Ferrari (1998) > Racing Box/Megadrive SRL (2003) > Marco Gramenzi, Italy (Late 2004)

Current owner: Unknown, but car exists (2020)

Chassis History/Notes: New car built at Chrysler according to Peter Brock for the 1998 FIA season. It was actually assembled as a rolling chassis at Chrysler's Featherstone Road Engineering Center and then shipped to ORECA for completion. Races as #50 at Le Mans 1998, but otherwise appeared as the #52 with Team ORECA during the 1998 FIA GT2 World Championship wearing the factory white livery with blue/red stripes over the hood and down the side of the car. Apparent last minute entry in 1999 24H of Daytona appearing in the same livery as the #50 car to be used as a test bed for new components in the race. Beretta was able to set a new GT2 pole record qualifying with a lap of 1:47.4 besting the new factory Corvette by over 1 second. It was their race to win but a late night collision while passing a back marker caused considerable right front suspension damage. The team figured it was not worth a repair however in hindsight there may have been enough attrition relative to the car's pace that it likely still could have won class had the repair been completed.

Unfortunately after repair and subsequent event, this chassis suffered a major accident at Laguna Seca at the last FIA race of 1998. David Donohue was driving and experienced a brake clip failure, hit wall hard and car caught fire. Raced as #50 by CICA Team ORECA at Le Mans 1999 wearing a white livery with red fenders and rear bumper with blue on the doors. Normal client version with steel brake discs and weighed 1169 kilos. Campaigned by Racing Box as the #21 in 2000 FIA GT World Championship events in GT class wearing a white livery with red stripes throughout. Spent the 2001 season again with Racing Box in FIA GT, but appearing as the #24 in an all red livery. Did run at 2001 24H of Le Mans, but with Paul Belmondo as the #55 in a mostly red livery with blue front fenders.

Only known picture from 2002 shows the car appearing as #53 with Team Carsport Holland at the 24H of Le Mans test. 2003 shows the car with Megadrive SRL in the Italian GT Championship as the #3 in a black livery with red splashes. Piergiuseppe Perazzini won the Italian GT Driver's Championship in 2003 in the car. 2004 has the car still with Megadrive SRL as the #3 in the Italian GT Championship but now in a white livery with light blue streaks downs the fenders and doors. Piergiuseppe Perazzini and Gabriele Matteuzzi shared the 2004 Driver's Championship win in the car. The car would win the 2004 Mil Milhas Brasileiras endurance race overall white wearing number 63 on a whilte livery with dual blue stripes. Rumored to have been rebuilt as Viper Competition Coupe and raced in Speed GT World Challenge 2004 by Bob Woodhouse, but Mr. Woodhouse said this was not true.

This is one of only two GTS-Rs to have competed in the 3 separate 24H of Le Mans (98, 99, 01). The existence of the car has been confirmed, but the current location (2020) is unknown. The car was last believed to have been in Italy competing in hill climb competition as early as 2004 in a livery similar to that which it wore in Italian GT competition, then a primarily white livery with red and green and eventually in an orange and black livery as late as 2008.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1998 Oschersleben (FIA), GT2 - 2 (7)

1998 Silverstone (FIA), GT2 - DNF: overheating

1998 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - DNF: electrical

1998 Hockenheim (FIA), GT2 - 2 (9)

1998 Dijon (FIA), GT2 - 2 (10)

1998 Hungaroring (FIA), GT2 - DNF: differential

1998 Suzuka (FIA), GT2 - 2 (10)

1998 Donnington (FIA), GT2 - 3 (10)

1998 A1 Ring (FIA), GT2 - 1 (8) K. Wendlinger / J. Bell

1998 Homestead (FIA), GT2 - DNF: axle

1998 Laguna Seca (FIA), GT2 - DNS: accident in practice

1999 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GT2 - DNF: accident damage

1999 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - 4 (15)

2000 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 13 (19)

2000 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 11 (17)

2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - DNF: clutch

2000 Spa (Belcar), GT - 2 (2)

2000 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - DNF: suspension

2000 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2000 A1 Ring (FIA GT), GT - DNF: spin

2000 Lausitzring (FIA GT), GT 13 (24) accident damage

2000 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 12 (19)

2000 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: differential

2000 6H Vallelunga, GT2 - 1 (4) Sangiuolo / Zonca / G. Matteuzzi

2001 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNS: accident in practice

2001 Brno (FIA GT), GT - DNF: oil pump

2001 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 8 (8)

2001 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 7 (8)

2001 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2001 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - DNF: accident

2001 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 8 (11)

2001 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 4, R2: 5

2001 A1 Ring (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2001 Nurburgring (FIA GT), GT - 11 (16)

2001 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - DNF: electrical

2001 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident damage

2001 6H Vallelunga, GT2 - 1 (5) Cappellari / G. Matteuzzi / Zonca

2003 Imola (Italian GT), GT - R1: 1 (2), R2: 4 (16) P. Perazzini / Baso

2003 Mugello (Italian GT), GT - R1: 2 (4), R2: DNF

2003 MIsano (Italian GT), GT - R1: 2 (2), R2: 1 (1) P. Perazzini / G. Matteuzzi

2003 Pergusa (Italian GT), GT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 3 (5) P. Perazzini / G. Matteuzzi

2003 Monza (Italian GT), GT - R1: 6 (14), R2: 2 (2)

2003 Magione (Italian GT), GT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) Vosse / P. Perazzini

2003 A1 Ring (Italian GT), GT - R1: 3 (3), R2: 4 (11)

2003 Vallelunga (Italian GT), GT - R1: 2 (2), R2: 1 (1) P. Perazzini / G. Matteuzzi

2003 Italian GT Driver's Championship

2004 1000M Interlagos, 1 (1) Zonca / Lancelotti / Gollin

2004 Imola (Italian GT), GT - R1: 3 (5), R2: 2 (2)

2004 Monza (Italian GT), GT - R1: 4 (6), R2: 2 (2)

2004 Magione (Italian GT), GT - R1: 2 (3), R2: 3 (6)

2004 Mugello (Italian GT), GT - R1: 5 (7), R2: 4 (4)

2004 Pergusa (Italian GT), GT - R1: DQ, R2: 2 (7)

2004 Misano 1 (Italian GT), GT - R1: 4 (4), R2: 6 (17) gearbox

2004 Misano 2 (Italian GT), GT - R1: 4 (14), R2: 4 (15)

2004 Won Italian GT Driver's Championship

2004 Vallelunga (Italian GT), GT- R1: DNF, R2: 4 (4)

2004-2008 Italian Hillclimb events

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Photo by Peter Brock

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Photo by Jorge Segers

Photo by Ronald Janssens

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Photo by Eric Muller

C11

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1997

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Chamberlain Motorsport

Next owners (year): Hans Hugenholtz/Racing Team Holland (2000) > GLPK Racing (2001) > AD Sport (2006)

Current owner: Wim Lumbeeck, Netherlands (*2012)

Chassis History/Notes: This car was purchased directly through Chrysler, but its point of assembly is still being researched. Numerically this chassis would have been assembled at ORECA's facility in Signes, France, but original Viper Team documents show that ORECA had not yet taken over customer car assembly by this point in time. Meanwhile the last complete car known to have been finished at Chrysler was C8 with C9 and C10 being sent to ORECA as rolling chassis. This car, C11, first competed as #53 by Chamberlain Engineering in early 1998 FIA GT2 races in the blue livery with white GTS stripes. By the 1998 24H of Le Mans the car appeared with white livery with patches of red/green/yellow similar to Bennetton team, but wearing the #55. It kept this livery, but switched back to #53 for the remaining 1998 FIA GT2 races. Per team leadership, it is most likely that this car may have competed at the 1999 24 Hours of Daytona wearing #81 in a blue livery with white GTS style stripes, though the chassis paint and headlight configuration make it difficult to confirm. Have not located any other race results for the 1999 and 2000 race seasons at this point. This may be because team leadership recalls the car being completed dismantled at this time but for reasons not remembered. It would be fitting if the cause had been the wreck suffered by the #81 car at Daytona. The chassis, engine and some small pieces were taken during a team split and sent back to ORECA for a complete rebuild by Hans Hugenholtz.

Mike Hezemans coordinated a sale of the finished car to Belgium. From 2001 through 2005 the car was campaigned very successfully in the Belgian GT Championship by GLPK Racing. In 2001 the car appeared as the #1 with a white central livery with a blue hood and rear. In 2002 the car appeared as the #42 and won the 24H of Zolder and the Belgian GT Championship. The car appeared as the #2 in 2003 winning its class in every race and overall in every race but one where it finished second. It again won the Belgian GT Championship. In 2004 the car was upgraded with a sequential gearbox and raced as the #1 again winning the 24H of Zolder and for a third consecutive year the Belgian GT Championship. The car competed at select events in the 2005 Belcar series appearing as the #1 before eventually being offered for sale.

AD Sport next competed with C11, again in select Belcar events in 2006. Outings may have been limited by the team's view of the regulations which they belived put the Viper at a disadvantage. While the car first appeared in a dark green metallic livery wearing number 8, it then transitioned to a bright red livery with black accents still with number 8. It ran a modified splitter which tied into the canards and the large specification GT1 style wing. By 2009 the livery has transitioned to white with a blue side stripe and number 103. Race entries were sporadic throughout these years but seem to have been exclusively at Circuit Zolder. In more recent years, the car has appeared at various track events with the Belgian team DVB Racing in a more GT1 specification with a blue chassis, matte black livery with an orange stripe on the top surface of the car. Specific race results for these outings have not yet been located.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1998 Oschersleben (FIA), GT2 - 8 (13)

1998 Silverstone (FIA), GT2 - 6 (14)

1998 24H Le Mans (ACO), GT2 - 7 (21)

1998 Hockenheim (FIA), GT2 - DNF: accident

1998 Dijon (FIA), GT2 - 11 (20)/DNF: fuel system

1998 Hungaroring (FIA), GT2 - DNF: accident

1998 Suzuka (FIA), GT2 - 6 (14)

1998 Donnington (FIA), GT2 6 (14)

1998 A1 Ring (FIA), GT2 - DNF: accident

1998 Homestead (FIA), GT2 - DNF: exhaust

1998 Laguna Seca (FIA), GT2 - 8 (15)

?1999 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GT2 - DNF:accident damage?

2001 Zolder (Belcar), GTA - 2 (4)

2001 Spa (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) B. Longin / Verellen

2001 Spa 2 (Belcar), GTA - 2 (7)

2001 Assen (Belcar), GTA - DNF

2001 24H Zolder (Belcar), GTA - DNF

2001 Zolder 2 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) B. Longin / Geboers

2002 Zolder (Belcar), GTA - 3 (3)

2002 Spa (Belcar), GTA - DNF

2002 Nurburgring (Belcar), GTA - 2 (2)

2002 Spa 2 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) B. Longin / A. Kumpen / S. Dupont

2002 24H Zolder (Belcar), GTA 1 (1) B. Longin / A. Kumpen / S. Dupont / M. Hezemans

2002 Spa 3 (Belcar), GTA - 2 (2)

2002 Zolder 3 (Belcar), GTA - 2 (2)

2002 Belgian GT Championship Win

2003 Zolder 1 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / S. Cohen

2003 Zolder 2 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (2) V. Dupont / S. Cohen

2003 Spa 1 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) V. Dupont / S. Cohen

2003 Spa 2 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / V. Dupont / S. Cohen

2003 24H Zolder, GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / B. Longin / V. Dupont / M. Hezemans

2003 Spa 3 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) V. Dupont / F. Bouvy

2003 Zolder 4 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) V. Dupont / F. Bouvy

2003 Belgian GT Championship Win

2004 Zolder 1 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / B. Longin

2004 Zolder 2 (Belcar), GTA - 2 (2)

2004 Spa 1 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / B. Longin

2004 Nurburgring (Belcar), GTA - 7 (7)

2004 24H Zolder (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / B. Longin / P. Lamy / M. Hezemans

2004 Spa 2 (Belcar), GTA - 2 (2)

2004 Zolder 3 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / B. Longin

2004 Belgian GT Championship Win

2005 Zolder 1 (Belcar), GT - 2 (2)

2005 Spa 1 (Belcar), GTA - R1: DNF, R2: 3 (3)

2005 Spa 2 (Belcar), GTA - DNF

2005 24H Zolder (Belcar), GTA - DNF

2006 Zolder 2 (Belcar), Class 1 - DNF

2006 Zolder 3 (Belcar), Class 1 - 3 (4)

2009 24H Zolder (Belcar), Division 4F - 2 (11)

2011 Zolder (FIA GT1 Support race), GTO- 4 (11)

2011 24H Zolder (Belcar), GT - DNF

*TBD

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C12

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1998

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: GLPK Belgium - Jens Johanson

Next owners (year): None - remaining pieces with Wim Lumbeeck

Current owner: Destroyed

Chassis History/Notes: C12 was the first car to be assembled at ORECA as part of their new for 1999 customer sales agreement through Chrysler. Through this program major components would be manufactured in the United States and shipped to ORECA's facility in Signes, France. ORECA would acquire the remaining components from the European suppliers and complete final assembly and testing of the GTS-R at Paul Ricard Circuit nearby prior to the customer team taking delivery. C12 was driven in 1999-2001 by GLPK Racing in Belgium. In 1999 it competed in select FIA GT Championship events appearing as the #33 and in select Belgian GT Championship events as the #3 with a white and black livery that had blue and red slashes throughout. The car won the 2000 Belgian GT Championship appearing as the #41 which included a win in the 24H of Zolder. C12 then competed in the 2001 FIA GT Championship appearing as the #21 in a livery with white hood/roof/doors, red bumpers and blue rocker panel stripes. At a couple races the blue accents were replaced by green stripes. The car was said to have been damaged beyond repair in an accident circa late 2001. The useful remnants of the car were acquired along with C11.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 5

1999 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 3

1999 Zandvoort (Belcar), GT1 - 1 (1) Vosse / Defourny

1999 Spa 2 (Belcar), GT1 - 1 (1) Vosse / Defourny

1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - DNF: fuel pump

1999 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 13

1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 14

1999 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - DNF: engine

1999 Donnington (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Zolder 1 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / S. Cohen

2000 Spa 1 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / S. Cohen

2000 Dijon (Belcar), GTA - 4 (4)

2000 Spa 2 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / S. Cohen

2000 Zolder 2 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / S. Cohen

2000 24H of Zolder (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / S. Cohen / M. Duez

2000 Spa 3 (Belcar), GTA - 1 (1) A. Kumpen / S. Cohen

2000 Zolder 4 (Belcar), GTA - 9 (43)

2000 Belgian GT Championship Win

2001 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNS - accident in practice

2001 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 8 (8)

2001 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 9 (13)

2001 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - DNF: spin

2001 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2001 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - DNF: spin

2001 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - 6 (9)

2001 Nurburgring (FIA GT), GT - 9 (11)

2001 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - 7 (9)

2001 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - DNF: suspension

END

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C13

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Larbre Competition - Chereau

Next owners (year): Edwin Stucky, Switzerland (2007) > Bruno Stucky, Switzerland (~2009) > David Ferrer, France (May 2016) - for sale (March 2018) > Art and Revs, Luxembourg

Current owner: ORECA, France (*May 2018)

Chassis History/Notes: C13 allegedly was an extra car built by ORECA used primarily for testing but also at times was displayed. It made an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix in 2000 where it wore the livery of the Daytona 24 Hour winning C21 with number 91 on the Viper Team ORECA red and white colors. During 2001 it was seen giving thrill rides to passengers at the Michelin F1 Driving Experience at Magny-Cours in France. Florent Moulin reports that the car logged countless laps as the Michelin Taxi as part of this experience. It appeared in 2002 in Le Mans Test days wearing the famous #51 red livery with white GTS stripes and Chrysler/Mobil/PlayStation badging which was carried to victory at Le Mans in 2000 by C31, but C13 was registered by Larbre Competition - Chereau for this test. No other racing history has been found on this car otherwise. In 2003 it appeared on display at at least one French hill climb event still wearing the C31/#51 livery but with the bulk of the decals removed. In October 2005 the car was at ORECA's Magny-Cours facility. At this time the livery remained the same. Prior to leaving ORECA the livery was updated to reflect the colors which were run by C22 at Daytona in 2000. Not long after it entered the Stucky collection which would become the Swiss Viper Museum. During its time in the Swiss Viper Museum it wore ALMS Viper Team ORECA livery #93. Per the museum, it has been recently rebuilt as of March 2018. Art and Revs acquired the car in May 2018 and sold it back to ORECA for display at a future museum. The car was said to have never been used in competition in fear of unlucky number 13.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

2002 24H Le Mans Test Session

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C14

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1998/1999?

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Kilian Konig/Brookspeed Racing

Next owners (year): Parr Motorsport (1999) > Henrik Roos (2001) > Zwaan's Racing > Miroslav Konopka (2005) > ? > Owner on viper alley – "tacker", USA (????)

Current owner: Daniel Schrey, Germany (*2008)

Chassis History/Notes: This car was used by Brookspeed Racing to replace chassis C2 that had been damaged in 1998. Apparently this car may have earned race results that were credited to C2 by mistake following the accident at Silverstone. Official results for C14 begin appearing in 1999 with Brookspeed Racing as #99 in British GT races in a bright yellow monotone livery with black aero elements. By mid summer 1999 the car began appearing as #70 with HKM/Parr Motorsport in British GT races wearing a silver livery with dark red GTS stripes. During the 2000 British GT season the car was again campaigned by HKM Parr Motorsport as #28 in a silver snakeskin livery with bright orange accents.

By 2001 the car had been bought by Henrik Roos and in that season it appeared with the Viewsonic Viper Team as #16 in Euro GT, #46 in Belgian GT and #1 in Swedish GTR races all wearing the iconic Viper red with white GTS stripes livery. It maintained this livery until 2004. The car was dominant in the Swedish GTR series winning the 2001 GTA class championship. In 2002 the car appeared as #11 in Euro GT, #29 in FIA GT and #1 in Swedish GTR events all with H. Roos Motorsports. The car was again dominant in the Swedish GTR championship winning nearly every race, yet somehow finished second in the championship. By 2003, Roos had moved to the FIA GT Championship full time competing in C14 as the #11. The car did attend at least one Swedish GTR even that year appearing as #66. Modifications were made to the lower portion of the front fascia in an attempt to improve aerodynamics. 2004 was the last full season that race results have been found with C14 appearing as #10 in the FIA GT Championship now wearing a red livery with silver GTS stripes and a checkered flag pattern around the wheel arches. Later in the season yellow highlights were added.

Nothing was located for the 2005 season, but in 2006 results from a single race were found showing the car appearing as #16 in the Rhino GT series and winning its final race at Spa in a white livery with pointed Viper red GTS stripes. This car has been owned by Daniel Schrey for a number of years appearing at various club level events in Europe in a yellow livery with black, thin GTS stripes. (2017) In 2021 it was confirmed that Daniel Schrey Racing still has C14 with more information to follow.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Silverstone (British GT), GT2 - DNF: fuel pressure

1999 Oulton Park (British GT), GT2 - DNF

1999 Brands Hatch (British GT), GT2 - 9

1999 Silverstone 2 (British GT), GT2 - DNF

1999 Donington (British GT), GT2 - DNF

1999 Donington 2 (British GT), GT2 - 11

1999 Croft (British GT), GT2 - DNF

1999 Spa (British GT), GT2 - DNS - Crash in qualifying

2000 Thruxton (British GT), GT2 - 2

2000 Croft (British GT), GT2 - 2

2000 Oulton Park (British GT), GT2 - DNF

2000 Donington (British GT), GT2 -15

2000 Silverstone (British GT), GT2 - 4

2000 Brands Hatch (British GT), GT2 - DNS

2000 Croft 2 (British GT), GT2 - DNF

2000 Silverstone 2 (British GT), GT2 - 5

2000 Snetterton (British GT), GT2 - 2

2000 Spa (British GT), GT2 - DNS

2000 Silverstone 3 (British GT), GT2 - 5

2001 Falkenberg (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1: DNF, R2: 1 (1) H. Roos

2001 Mantorp Park (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1: DNS, R2: 1 (2) H. Roos

2001 Gellerason (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1:1 (1), R2: 1 (2) H. Roos

2001 Jyllandsringen (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1: 2 (2), R2: 1 (2) H. Roos

2001 Falkenberg 2 (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos

2001 Mo i Rana (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1: DNS, R2: 1 (2) H. Roos

2001 Mantorp Park 2 (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1: 1 (1), R2: 2 (2) H. Roos

2001 Mantopr Park 3 (Swedish GTR), GT2 - R1: 1 (3), R2: 1 (3) H. Roos

2001 Swedish GTR GT2 Class Champion

2001 Spa (Belcar), G - 5 (38)

2001 Lausitzring (Euro GT), A - R1: DNS, R2: 2 (2)

2001 Zolder BM (Belcar), G - 1 (4) H. Roos / van der Zwaan

2002 Barcelona (Euro GT), A - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Nurburgring (Euro GT), A - DNS

2002 Mantorp Park (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1: DNF, R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Gellerasen (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - DNF: electrical

2002 Falkenberg (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Knutstorp (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1:1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Gellerasen 2 (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1:1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Mantorp Park 2 (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1:1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Mantorp Park 3 (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1:1 (1), R2: 1 (1) H. Roos / M. Wallinder

2002 Zandvoort (Euro GT), A - R1: DNF, R2: 2 (2)

2002 Donington (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2003 Barcelona (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2003 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2003 Pergusa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2003 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 8 (12)

2003 Gellerasen (Swedish GT), GTA - R1: 2 (3), R2: DNF

2003 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 7 (8)

2003 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - 7 (25)

2003 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - DNF: suspension damage

2003 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 9 (22) brake issues

2003 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2003 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 12 (23)

2004 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2004 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 9 (11)

2004 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 8 (10)

2004 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2004 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 9 (9)

2004 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 11 (13)

2004 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: engine

2004 Imola (FIA GT), GT - 15 (23) drivetrain problem

2004 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 12 (16)

2004 Dubai (FIA GT), GT - 12 (22)

2004 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT - 13 (15)

2006 Spa (Rhino GT), EGT1 - R1: 2 (2), R2: 1 (1) E. Behrens / M. Wallinder

END

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C15

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Zakspeed/Peter Kayser

Next owners (year): Michael Martin Racing Systems, possibly leased from Zakspeed (2002) > Zakspeed Racing

Current owner: German owner (2010)

Chassis History/Notes: This car first appeared with the legendary German team Zakspeed Racing in 1999. They took delivery of the car from ORECA at Circuit Paul Ricard as part of the original group of customer cars delivered. They took the car straight to the Nürburging in bare carbon for testing. They would then apply what would become their legendary bright yellow livery for the first round of the German VLN series held entirely on the Nordschleife. There it wore race number 130. The car won every race in the 1999 VLN Series including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring overall. It is the only car to ever accomplish this feat. At the 24 hour it raced under number 53 on its yellow/black livery.

A lack of individual chassis records at Zakspeed makes it difficult to determine exactly what happened in the following years. C15 and C36 were used by Zaskpeed to achieve incredible results over the next three seasons. Zakspeed driver Meinhard Rittmeier has been very helpful to sort out the history at least up until 2002 when things were complicated as C15 may have been leased to Michael Martin Racing. In 2000 C15 appeared in limited outings in a blue livery wearing number 1 . This included the Nürburging 24 hours where the car raced under very unique circumstances. The race organizers had been attempting to slow down the Viper after its dominating performance in 1999. Engine restriction wasn't providing the desired effect so 500 kg of ballast was added to the Viper, but its engine was allowed to run unrestricted. Zakspeed claims the engine produced more than 850 hp and the car was on the way to a second consecutive overall victory when a damper failed after having dealt with the extreme weight for nearly 24 hours. The 7 minute repair dropped the team back to a second place finish.

In 2001 the car was back to its yellow livery but wearing number 33 and this time it was able to win the Nürburging 24 hours for a second time. As mentioned, things become unclear in 2002 as the car appears to have been campaigned by Michael Martin Racing Systems as the #9 in the Euro GT series wearing basically the same original yellow livery with black rocker panels from Zakspeed at first and then transitioning to a plain silver livery with black along the lower edge. While Dailysportscar would later report that chassis 15 was the winner of the 2002 Nürburging 24 hours, close inspection of photos reveals markings on the chassis of the winning car which are consistent with C36 and not C15. Given that Michael Martin Racing had been using C15 in 2002 and that Zakspeed, albeit inconsistent with their records, would later say C36 was the winner that year, it's likely that C15 did not appear at the 2002 edition of the N24.

In 2003 the car again appeared in Euro GT with Michael Martin Racing System as the #5 until the series was cancelled, but it won its final race at Spa. The livery was much the same still in silver/black. Nothing has been found for the car until it returned to the Nürburging with Zakspeed in 2005. By this point in time, Dodge Europe was backing Zakspeed and as such the car was covered in a red livery with white stripes reminiscent of the ORECA GTS-Rs of 1999/2000. In a single VLN race prior to the 24, the car wore number 85 on this livery. Video exists of the car testing early in the in season with the original V10 while Zakspeed was developing a new aerodynamic package. This included modifications to the splitter, floor, diffuser and wing. This was necessitated as the chassis was quite old, but also as ADAC has imposed a new rule in 2004 to limit engine displacement to 6.2L which requiring the use of the original engine block. The result was the development of a 6.2L V8 engine by Caldwell Development Inc which utilized the original 10 cylinder Viper engine block. See chassis 36 for additional details.

Zakspeed would utilize this engine package and the new aero bodywork for the 2005 Nürburging 24 hour race with the car running number 77. The car would manage to win its class and finish third overall. Late in the VLN season the car made limited outings still in its red/white livery but with an experimental rear wing that was set out off the back of the car. During these events it wore number 66. For 2006 the would become Zakspeed's customer car driven by amateur drivers. It first wore number 88 on a crazy livery that had a white base, red pin stripes bisecting the car and blue dots on the rear. The number was changed to 33 for the Nürburging 24 hours where incredibly the amateur team finished first in class and third overall! The team returned with the number 88 car for VLN races in 2007. The livery was updated slightly with the blue dots on the right rear of the car being updated to a bright green color. This would be the car's final run at the N24 and it would run number 5, but unfortunately did not finish.

C15 appeared at a preseason test event in plan white and made one final appearance late in the VLN season wearing Zakspeed's Dodge Europe backed livery, but instead of the usual red/black the car was instead white/black with number 87. Sadly the car's career looks to have ended with a spin and rear end damage at this race in 2008. Magazine articles from 2011 indicate it was converted for road use in 2010 by Heurich Classics in Germany at the order of its new owner. It retained its 6.2L V8 at the time and was basically gutted to be used on the road. The diffuser was removed and many concessions were made mechanically to run the car on the street. It had its 1999 24H Nürburgring livery reapplied at this time, but the car was still wearing its later wing. The car did earn German road registration under number KG TS 95. The car has been confirmed as being with the same owner as of May 2022. Additional updates to follow.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 ADAC Westfalenfahrt, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 DMV 4H, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 ACAS Bilstein Cup, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 Rundstrecken Trophy, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 Reinoldus Langstreckenrennen, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 Barbarossapreis, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 DMV Grenzlandrennen, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 6H Ruhr Pokal, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 DMV 250 Mile, S5 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 DMV Munsterlandpokal, S5 -1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

1999 24H Nürburging - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / M. Duez / Ludwig / HJ. Tiemann

1999 VLN Series Champions - P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

2000 ADAC Westfalenfahrt, SP7 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

2000 ACAS Bilstein Cup, SP7 - DNF

2000 DMV Grenzlandrennen, SP7 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / HJ. Tiemann

2000 24H Nürburging (ADAC), A6 - 2 (2)

2001 24H Nürburging (ADAC), A7 - 1 (1) P. Zakowski / M. Bartels / P. Lamy

2002 Barcelona (Euro GT), A - R1: 5 (5), R2: 7 (7)

2002 A1 Ring (Euro GT), A - R1: DNF, R2: DNS

2002 Zolder (Euro GT), A - R1: 8 (9), R2: DNF

2002 Spa (Euro GT), A - R1: 3 (3), R2: DNF

2002 Zandvoort (Euro GT), A - R1: 6 (6), R2: 9 (14)

2003 Nürburging (Euro GT), GT - R1: 3 (3), R2: 2 (2)

2003 A1 Ring (Euro GT), GT - R1: 2 (2), R2: 3 (3)

2003 Spa (Euro GT), GT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) M. Martin / Abeling

2005 Nürburging Round 3 (VLN), SP8 - DNF

2005 24H Nürburging (ADAC), A8 - 1 (3) P. Zakowski / R. Lechner / S. Bert

2005 Nürburging Round 7 (VLN), SP8 - 1 (3) P. Zakowski/S. Bert

2006 Nürburging Round 4 (VLN), SP8 - 5 (78)

2006 24H Nürburging (ADAC), SP8 - 1 (3) Dr. H. P. Huppert-Nieder/W. Mohr/D. Riebensahm/C. Gerhard

2006 Nürburging Round 5 (VLN), SP8 - 1 (4) D. Riebensahm/C. Gerhard/W. Mohr

2006 Nürburging Round 7 (VLN), SP8 - 1 (4) D. Riebensahm/C. Gerhard/W. Mohr/Dr. H. P. Huppert-Nieder

2006 Nürburging Round 8 (VLN), SP8 - 1 (5) D. Riebensahm/C. Gerhard

2006 Nürburging Round 9 (VLN), SP8 - 1 (2) D. Riebensahm/C. Gerhard

2006 Nürburging Round 10 (VLN), SP8 - 1 (4) D. Riebensahm/C. Gerhard/W. Mohr

2007 Nürburging Round 1 (VLN), SP8 - 1 (19) T. Feidt/W. Mohr/M. Klein

2007 Nürburging Round 2 (VLN), SP8 - 2 (60)

2007 Nürburging Round 3 (VLN), SP8 - 2 (21)

2007 Nürburging Round 4 (VLN), SP8 - 2 (25)

2007 Nürburging Round 5 (VLN), SP8 - DNF

2007 24H Nürburging (ADAC), SP8 - DNF

2007 Nürburging Round 7 (VLN), SP8 - DNF

2008 Nürburging Round 6 (VLN), SP8 - DNF

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C16

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Hans Hugenholtz/Chamberlain Motorsport

Next owners (year): Racing Team Holland (2000) > Zwaans Racing (2002-2004) > Unknown, Czech Republic (2005)

Current owner: Unknown

Chassis History/Notes: There is some dispute with this car's history between information from team members and published race records. Per the team, it most likely was not the car that competed at Daytona in 1999 wearing #81 in a blue livery with white GTS style stripes. It was delivered new to Chamberlain along with chassis C19 at Paul Ricard circuit for testing. The cars were in plain black carbon fiber. It then appeared in an all-black livery at early events in 1999 before being raced as #56 in client configuration for Le Mans 1999 by Chamberlain in a white livery with a dark blue cowl area. It maintained this livery for the remainder of 1999 appearing at FIA GT races mostly as the #18.

In 2000, race reports indicate the car competed in FIA GT events with Chamberlain Engineering often appearing as the #2, in FFSA GT races with Racing Team Holland appearing as the #5, in a single ALMS race with Chamberlain as the #62 and with a team listed as Felbermayr in a single FIA GT race at Silverstone as the #45. It's believed that the car primarily maintained its mostly white livery throughout 2000 and through three races in 2001 with Racing Team Holland in the FFSA GT Championship where it appeared as the #2. Team leadership recalls the car running every FFSA GT race in 2000 and 2001 and being borrowed by Team Carsport Holland to win the FIA GT race at Brno in 2000 as there was a separation from Chamberlain. Interestingly, after discussion with Team Carsport Holland personnel, it was determined that this car likely appeared in the classic orange livery wearing number 39 at the final FIA GT race of the 2000 season at Magny-Cours. Following this race the team determined that the engine in C38 would not be suitable to compete at the Las Vegas ALMS round the following week. Therefore they believe C16, not C38, made the trans-Atlantic journey and wore number 25 at Las Vegas Speedway. Owner Hans Hugenholtz confirmed this. Impressively it split the factory Viper Team ORECA cars and was in front of the factory Corvettes after qualifying second. Unfortunately an engine issue prevented the car from finishing the race.

The car was sold at the end of the 2001 season to Zwaans Racing. In 2002 Zwaans Racing campaigned the car in the iconic red livery with white GTS stripes in a variety of championships including Euro GT as the #5, Swedish GTR as the #6, Belcar as the #54 and in select FIA GT races as the # 90 (24H Spa) and #34 (Estoril). 2002 shows the car's only three victories in Euro GT and the Swedish GTR series. In 2003 the car continued with Zwaans Racing with a white livery and silver/red stripes over the hood and quarter panels. The team had developed a unique lower front fascia in the name of aerodynamic improvements. The car contested the FIA GT championship as the #18, but was not able to score any wins. 2004 is the last season showing results for C16. The car again appeared with Zwaans Racing in the FIA GT championship with a red livery with silver GTS stripes and checkered flag patterns around the wheel wells wearing the #9. Discussion with a Zwaans Racing crew member suggests the car was sold following the 2004 season to a team in the Czech Republic. The car was apparently crashed early on and wasn't heard from again. It's existence or current whereabouts as of 2021 are unknown.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident damage

1999 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

1999 Pau Ville (FFSA GT), GT2 - DNF

1999 24H Le Mans, GTS - 3 (14)

1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

1999 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

1999 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

1999 Homestead (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

1999 Watkins Glen (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

1999 Fuji (FIA GT), GT - DNF: clutch

1999 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT - 10 (12) engine trouble

2000 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2000 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 10 (15)

2000 Ledenon (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 3 (3), R2: 3 (6)

2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Silverstone (ALMS), GTS - 8 (22)

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 10 (10)

2000 Dijon (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 6 (7), R2: 4 (4)

2000 Hungaroring (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 2 (2), R2: 2 (2)

2000 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) M. Hezemans / D. Hart

2000 Magny-Cours 500 km (FFSA GT), Inter - 5 (5)

2000 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 7 (7), R2: 6 (6)

2000 Nogaro (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 5 (7), R2: 2 (2)

2000 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2000 Las Vegas (ALMS), GTS - DNF: Engine

2001 Le Mans (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 3 (3), R2: 4 (4)

2001 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 3 (3), R2: 5 (7)

2001 Ledenon (FFSA GT), Inter - 5 (7)

2002 Barcelona (Euro GT), A - R1: 2 (2), R2: 6 (6)

2002 Zolder NRF (Belcar), GTA - DNF

2002 Mantorp Park (Swedish GTR), GTA - R1: DNF, R2: 1 (1) R. van der Zwaan / A. van der Zwaan

2002 Donington (Euro GT), A - R1: 3 (3), R2: 2 (2)

2002 A1 Ring (Euro GT), A - R1:1 (1), R2: 1 (1) R. van der Zwaan / A. van der Zwaan

2002 Zolder (Euro GT), A - R1:1 (1), R2: 2 (2) R. van der Zwaan / A. van der Zwaan

2002 24H Spa (FIA GT), NAT - DNF: engine

2002 Spa (Euro GT), A - R1: 2 (2), R2: 2 (2)

2002 Zandvoort (Euro GT), A - R1: DNS, R2: 4 (4)

2002 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 8 (12)

2003 Barcelona (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2003 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: engine

2003 Pergusa (FIA GT), GT - 8 (11)

2003 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 10 (23) fuel system trouble

2003 Donington (FIA GT), GT - DQ: illegal fuel cooler

2003 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2003 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - 6 (7)

2003 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 5 (9)

2003 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2003 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2004 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: fuel system

2004 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 13 (19) gearbox trouble

2004 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 9 (11)

2004 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2004 Brno (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2004 Donington (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2004 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: electrical

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C17/17b

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GTS

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Mirabeau Compétition (2004) > Sport Garage (2005) > Joel Postel (2007) > Available for purchase through IPO Cars (2011) > ?

Current owner: Ghislain Gaubert, France (*2017)

Chassis History/Notes: This chassis was an original ORECA team car used for the 1999 American Le Mans Series GTS Championship. It appeared as the #92 in the iconic red livery with white GTS stripes and was driven by Tommy Archer and Karl Wendlinger. The duo often finished second to their teammates in the #91 car, but did score a win at Las Vegas. In 2000 the car did participate in the 24H of Daytona test session still appearing as the #92, but was heavily damaged from a crash at the "Bus Stop" chicane. The rear section of the chassis had to be replaced. ORECA repaired the car and Florent Moulin found that it would serve as the second Michelin Taxi at the Michelin Challenge Experience at Magny-Cours in France. The car is thought to have logged considerable laps during this time giving thrill rides to fans. The livery at this point is unknown, but a resin model was released of such a car in a dark blue Michelin livery with their mascot "Bibendum" pictured throughout. Research to confirm the car's appearance at this time continues.

The car returned to competition when it was campaigned in 2004 by Mirabeau Competition in the FFSA GT Championship in France as #6 in the GT class. In 2005 the car was campaigned by Sport Garage again in the FFSA GT Championship, but now listed in the GT1 class as #24. The exact history beyond this point is unknown, but the car was available for purchase in 2011 wearing its original red/white ORECA livery on its later GT1 style aero. No details have been found from here until 2017.

There was discussion that at some point in its history, most likely with Mirabeau, the car experienced a terrible fire. The chassis was unable to be repaired so the surviving components were moved over to a new chassis at ORECA and the car became C17b, but this was never corroborated. The notation of chassis 17b is more likely from the repair that was done following the accident at Daytona. At some point between 2005 and 2017, the chassis had been painted silver and the car was shown to be running with GT1 aero, but original GT2 style pickup points on the frame. At this time it was powered by an engine with the rare Caldwell Development Inc crossram inlet manifold backed by a sequential gearbox. It often appeared as #76 wearing a red livery with a variation of angled dual white stripes on the top surface, but the competition results from this era have not yet been located.

The car was owned by Joel Postel as of 2017 in France and was exercised at least a few times a year at European Viper track days with other GTS-R chassis. At the time the livery may have been that of ORECA in ALMS 1999 with the chassis painted back to the original ORECA blue color, but still wearing the later GT1 style bodywork and wing. The car is believed to have moved on to a new European owner as of 2018 and appeared in May of 2020 at Eric Warnant's shop for a refresh. It was pictured wearing a completely red livery with the GT1 splitter, fascia and wing. The car also may be wearing the evolution quarter panels.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Mosport (ALMS), GTS - 2 (12)

1999 Sears Point (ALMS), GTS - 3 (19)

1999 Portland (ALMS), GTS - 2 (14)

1999 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS - 2 (10)

1999 Laguna Seca (ALMS), GTS - DNF: accident

1999 Las Vegas (ALMS), GTS - 1 (9) T. Archer / K. Wendlinger

2004 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 11 (11), R2: 10 (10)

2004 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 11 (11), R2: 12 (12)

2004 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2004 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 16 (17), R2: 10 (12)

2004 Albi (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 2 (2), R2: 3 (3)

2004 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 4 (4), R2: 5 (5)

2004 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 4 (4), R2: DNF

2004 Barcelona (Spanish GT), GTS - 2 (6)

2005 Nogara (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 4 (4), R2: DNF

2005 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2005 Pau (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 12 (12), R2: DNS

2005 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 13 (13)

2005 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 9 (17), R2: 6 (6)

2005 Albi (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 7 (7)

2005 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 14 (14)

2005 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 10 (10), R2: 7 (7)

Various historic racing events through 2021

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C18

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Paul Belmondo (more likely was owner of GTI Magazine)

Next owners (year): Red Racing (2003~2008) > Marc Sourd

Current owner: Stan Bochet, France (*June 2011)

Chassis History/Notes: Chassis C18 is one of the highest mileage GTS-Rs known to exist. It was a new car delivered to Paul Belmondo in March 1999. It won the French GT Championship race at Bugatti Circuit Le Mans in its first time out. Campaigned as the #12/21 by Paul Belmondo Racing throughout 1999 in FIA GT and FFSA GT races wearing a yellow livery on top with a dark blue split on bottom and a teal wing. In 1999 the car appeared at Le Mans in this same livery, but as the #54. There it finished in sixth in the GTS class rounding out Viper's sweep of the top six finishing positions. Late in 1999, C18 scored the unique distinction as being the only Viper to take an FIA GT class win in direct competition against Viper Team ORECA. Paul Belmondo and Emmanuel Clerico drove to victory at Homestead Speedway in Florida wearing racing number 21. In 2000 the car again contested the FIA GT Championship with Paul Belmondo appearing as the #11 first with a yellow livery and white GTS stripes then moving to a solid yellow livery with at times a checkered flag pattern over the cowl and roof.

2001 saw the car remain as the #11 campaigned by Paul Belmondo in the FIA GT Championship, but now with a yellow livery, but with dark blue areas over the nose and fenders. One source indicates that the car appeared as #56 for Belmondo Racing at the 2001 24H of Le Mans Pre-Qualification, but this hasn't been confirmed. Photos indicate that MTO Mirabeau Compétition rented this car for use in the 2002 FFSA GT Championship in France with good success. It still wore elements of its 2001 Paul Belmondo livery but now competed under number 3 in the SGT class. In 2003 the car is shown as having been raced by new owner Red Racing in the FFSA GT Championship in France wearing the #17 in the SGT class. 2004 showed Red Racing again competing in the French Championship with the car now wearing #12 and a diagonal candy stripped white/red livery which it maintained through the 2006 season.

C18 wore the #18 in 2005 in the FFSA GT Championship and wore #28 in the same championship in 2006. 2007 is the final season during which substantial records were found with Red Racing competing in FFSA GT events wearing # 14 and select FIA GT events wearing #102, but in the Group 2 class that had few if any other participants. The car appeared with a fluorescent yellow livery with magenta GTS stripes. In 2008 Red Racing had entered the car for the first round of the FFSA GT Championship, but the car did not start the race. Stan Bochet acquired the car in 2011 and restored its original 1999 Paul Belmondo Le Mans livery. He currently (2018) uses the car to compete in hill climb events in France as well as track days with other legendary ORECA GTS-Rs. The car remains close to the mechanical configuration it had when retired from competition. This includes a Mader intake manifold.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT2 - R1: DNF, R2: 1 (1) Gosselin / P. Belmondo

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

1999 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT2 - R1: 4 (4), R2: unknown

1999 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

1999 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - 6 (17)

1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

1999 Oscherleben (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

1999 Suzuka (Non Champ FIA), Inter - 2 (8)

1999 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

1999 Homestead (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) E. Clerico / P. Belmondo

1999 Watkins Glen (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

1999 Mangy-Cours (FFSA GT), GT2 - R1: 4 (5), R2: 4 (4)

1999 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2000 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 A1 Ring (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Lausitzring (FIA GT), GT - 7 (14)

2000 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2000 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2001 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2001 Brno (FIA GT), GT - DNF: fuel pressure

2001 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: engine debris

2001 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2001 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - DNF: fuel pump

2001 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2001 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2001 A1 Ring (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2001 Nurburgring (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2001 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2001 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2002 Nogaro (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 4 (4), R2: 3 (3)

2002 Ledenon (FFSA GT), SGT - 2 (2)

2002 Pau (FFSA GT), SGT - 5 (8)

2003 Nogaro (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: DNF: accident, R2: DNF

2003 Dijon (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 3 (3), R2: DNF

2003 Pau (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: unknown, R2: unknown

2003 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 5 (5), R2: DNF

2003 Le Mans (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 6 (6), R2: 6 (6)

2003 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: DNF, R2: 6 (6)

2004 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 10 (10), R2: 11 (11)

2004 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2004 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 10 (12), R2: 8 (8)

2004 Dijnon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 11 (11), R2: 16 (19)

2004 Albi (FFSA GT), GT - R1:6 (6), R2: 4 (4)

2004 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2004 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 8 (10), R2: DNF

2005 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 10 (11), R2: 12 (12)

2005 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 14 (15), R2: DNF

2005 Pau (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 16 (16), R2: 13 (13)

2005 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 12 (13), R2: 15 (15)

2005 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2005 Albi (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 14 (18), R2: 8 (8)

2005 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 15 (16), R2: 13 (13)

2005 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 14 (14), R2: 11 (11)

2006 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 18 (32), R2: 16 (20)

2006 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 14 (15), R2: 18 (18)

2006 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 13 (13), R2: DNF

2006 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 13 (16), R2: 10 (11)

2006 24H Spa (FIA GT), G2 - 6 (27)

2006 Albi (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: DNS

2006 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 17 (19), R2: 16 (18)

2006 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 12 (28), R2: 14 (17)

2007 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 10 (23), R2: 13 (24)

2007 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 11 (26)

2007 Silverstone (FIA GT), G2 - 1 (25) - class of just 2 cars

2007 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 13 (23)

2007 Monza (FIA GT), G2 - 1 (25) - only car in class

2007 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 11 (24), R2: 8 (19)

2007 Nogaro (FIA GT), G2 - 2 (26)

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C19

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Chamberlain Motorsport

Next owners (year): CMS Technical and Race Operations (2003) > ?

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum (*November 2018)

Chassis History/Notes: New car for 1999 delivered to Chamberlain at the Paul Ricard Circuit in bare carbon fiber as a client version with steel brakes for the FIA GT World Championship. It first appeared as #19 with Chamberlain in a completely with clear coat over its carbon-Kevlar body panels. Team leadership says this car was always run with their sister car chassis C16. For the 1999 24H of Le Mans the car appeared as the #57 now with a white livery with dark blue around the rear half of the hood and cowl/fenders. At Homestead the car was heavily damaged in a rain soaked practice session. It was unable to be repaired in time for the race and Chamberlain used a spare car in its place.

C19 won the GTS class at the 1999 1000 KM of Fuji appearing as #60. The car maintained the same livery for 2000 again competing with Chamberlain in FIA GT Championship races as the #1 and at the end of the year in the American Le Mans Series as #61. It is likely that this car appeared at the 2000 non-championship running of the Suzuka 1000 Km in its white livery with race number 29. Hans Hugenholtz also used the car for a late season FFSA GT race at Magny-Cours wearing number 5 as Carsport Holland was borrowing his regular car (C16) for the ALMS race in Las Vegas. 2001 shows the car appearing for the 24H of Daytona with Chamberlain Motorsport as the #15 in a completely white livery, but the car did not finish the race.

Nothing was found in 2002, but in 2003 the car is shown as being campaigned in a few British GT races as the #7 by CMS Technical and Race Operations in a mostly white livery with dark blue around the rear bumper. The whereabouts of the car were unknown until arriving at the Swiss Viper Museum in November 2018. The car arrived wearing a white livery with a few remnants of blue GTS style stripes over the rear wing and a blue stripe just above the rocker panels. C19 emerged from restoration at the museum in April 2022 appearing as it did as the Chamberlain Motorsport entry at Le Mans in 1999, race number 57 in the GTS class.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

1999 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

1999 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - 9 (22)

1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - 12 (12)

1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

1999 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

1999 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

1999 Homestead (FIA GT), GT - crashed in practice, unable to race

1999 Watkins Glen (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

1999 Fuji 1000 km NC Race, LMGTS - 1 (7) Ara / Okada

1999 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2000 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2000 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNS: accident in practice

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 A1 Ring (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2000 Suzuka (Non-Championship), Int - DNF: wheel bearing

2000 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS - 7 (26)

2000 Laguna Seca (ALMS), GTS - 5 (15)

2000 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 4 (4), R2: 5 (5)

2000 Las Vegas (ALMS), GTS - 5 (16)

2000 Adelaide (ALMS), GTS - 3 (8)

2001 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTS - DNF: accident

2003 Donington (British GT), GT - 1 (11) small field, A. Stretton / A. Templeton

2003 Snetterton (British GT), GT - 1 (7) only car in class, A. Stretton / A.Templeton

2003 Silverstone (British GT), GT - 1 (6) small field, A. Stretton / A. Templeton

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C20

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): DDO / Dominique Dupuy (2000) > Lease Plan Autovitesse (2004~2005) > Florent Moulin, Luxembourg (10/2007)

Current owner: Olivier Bouquet (*2012)

Chassis History/Notes: Raced by Viper Team ORECA in FIA GT Championship events in 1999 as #2 in factory white livery with red/blue swirl stripe accents. Chassis C20 won 3 races that year and finished second in the driver's championship behind its teammate. ORECA driver Dominique Dupuy purchased the car following the 1999 season. During a conversation with Florent Moulin in 2008, Dupuy said he had a choice of which chassis to buy and he chose C20 as it was the best handling car he drove during the 1999 racing season. He took delivery of the car from ORECA in a plain white livery and would paint the car black with dual silver stripes. Dupuy entered it in the FFSA GT Championship in 2000 appearing as the #2 in the International class. He also competed in a few Spanish GT events that year appearing as the #3 in the GTA class.

Dupuy won the 2000 FFSA GT Driver’s Championship along with co-driver Francois Fiat. The duo repeated the feat in 2001 again winning the FFSA GT Driver’s Championship with the car appearing as #1 still in the International class and as #9 in select Spanish GT events still in the GTA class. In 2002 the car appeared in a completely silver livery entered in FFSA GT events as #1 in SGT, Spanish GT events as #2 in GTA and FIA GT events as #27. Though the car won multiple FFSA GT races in 2002 it was not able to secure a third consecutive championship. 2003 saw chassis C20 again competing under the Dupuy banner in FFSA GT, but now appearing as #9 in SGT.

Per Florent Moulin, during the winter of 2003/2004 the car was returned to ORECA to be converted to the 2003 evolution package. Once the modifications were complete, 2004 saw the car still entered in the French championship, but now under team Lease Plan Autovitesse appearing in a bright orange livery with white accents as #11 in the GT class and winning on debut as well as later in the season. 2005 was a repeat of 2004 in FFSA for C20 and the car scored two race victories in the GT1 class. C20 was frequently the fastest car on track in the hands of Beltoise but the team struggled to capitalize on their outright pace. 2006 appears to be the final year of major race contention for this car, still entered in FFSA GT, class GT1 as #11, but now listed with team Euroflash Autovitesse. No race victories appear to have been secured in this final season.

During 2007-2008 the car was completely restored back to its original 1999 specification by Florent Moulin including the Viper Team ORECA 1999 #2 FIA GT livery. The car then had a beautiful career in historic racing from 2012 to 2019 in the hands of new owner Olivier Bouquet. The car raced at various HSR and Peter Auto events, plus numerous demonstrations including the Silverstone Classic. This car has racked up more laps in historic racing than any other Viper to date. C20 received a complete mechanical rebuild as well as new paint in 2019. The car has been maintained to the highest standard by Art & Revs in Luxembourg since 2008 and exists as one of the highest quality GTS-Rs in the world (2022).

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) J. Belloc / D. Dupuy

1999 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) J. Belloc / D. Dupuy

1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - DNF - gearbox

1999 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 16 (16) clutch problem

1999 Homestead (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4) ran out of fuel

1999 Watkins Glen (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) J. Belloc / D. Donohue

1999 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2000 Ledenon (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 1 (1), R2: 2 (4) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2000 Dijon (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 1 (1), R2: 2 (2) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2000 Hungaroring (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 1 (1), R2: 3 (3) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2000 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), Inter - 1 (1) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2000 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 2 (2), R2: 1 (1) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2000 Magny-Cours 2 (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 3 (3), R2: 4 (4)

2000 Barcelona (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 3 (3), R2: 4 (4)

2000 FFSA GT Championship Winner

2001 Le Mans (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 1 (1), R2: 3 (3) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2001 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 5 (5), R2: 5 (5)

2001 Jarama (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 10 (20), R2: 2 (2)

2001 Valencia (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 2 (2), R2: 3 (3)

2001 Pau (FFSA GT), Inter - 1 (1) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2001 Estoril (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 4 (4), R2: 3 (3)

2001 Monza (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 1 (1), R2: 3 (3) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2001 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 1 (1), R2: 6 (6) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2001 Albacete (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: DNF, R2: 4 (4)

2001 Nogaro (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: DNF, R2: 4 (4)

2001 Ledenon (FFSA GT), Inter - 2 (2)

2001 Cheste (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 5 (5), R2: 2 (2)

2001 FFSA GT Championship Winner

2002 Albacete (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 4 (4), R2: 2 (2)

2002 Jarama (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 3 (3), R2: 4 (4)

2002 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - DNF

2002 Dijon (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2002 Albi (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 7 (36) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2002 Le Mans (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2002 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 4 (4) Fiat / D. Dupuy

2002 Barcelona (Spanish GT), GTA - 6 (6)

2003 Nogaro (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 5 (5), R2: 1 1 (11)

2003 Dijon (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 7 (7). R2: 3 (3)

2003 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 2 (2), R2: 3 (3)

2003 Le Mans (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 3 (3), R2: 3 (3)x

2003 Ledenon (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 7 (7), R2: 9 (31)

2003 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), SGT - R1: 3 (3), R2: DNF

2004 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 5 (5), R2: 7 (7)

2004 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: 6 (6)

2004 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2004 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 9 (9), R2: 2 (2)

2004 Albi (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 9 (9) Lacroix-Wasover / Beltoise

2004 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 5 (5), R2: 2 (2)

2004 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 1 (1), R2: 9 (9) DNF Lacroix-Wasover / Beltoise

2005 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 9 (9), R2: 5 (5)

2005 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 3 (3), R2: DNF

2005 Pau (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 3 (3), R2: 3 (3)

2005 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 10 (10), R2: 5 (5)

2005 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 6 (6), R2: DNF

2005 Albi (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 1 (1), R2: 5 (5) Blanchemain / Beltoise

2005 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 1 (1), R2: 4 (4) Blanchemain / Beltoise

2005 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 2 (2)

2006 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 8 (8), R2: 6 (6)

2006 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 6 (6), R2: 5 (5)

2006 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2006 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 7 (7), R2: 2 (2)

2006 Albi (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 5 (5), R2: 4 (4)

2006 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 11 (11), R2: 12 (12)

2006 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 8 (9), R2: DNF

Various historic racing events through 2021

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C21

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Chrysler Corporation - Conner Avenue Assembly / Walter P. Chrysler Museum (*2000)

Current owner: Chrysler Corporation - Conner Avenue Assembly / Walter P. Chrysler Museum (*2000)

Chassis History/Notes: Assembled at ORECA's facility in Signes, France, the first race for C21 was at Monza in the FIA-GT World Championship driven by Belloc-Donohue as part of Viper Team ORECA appearing as # 2 in the factory white with blue/red swirl livery of 1999. It would race as #53 by ORECA at Le Mans in 1999 in the GTS class, but did not finish due to a mechanical failure. For the remainder of 1999 the car contended and won multiple American Le Mans Series races for Team ORECA in the GTS class appearing as the iconic #91 in red livery with white GTS stripes. These victories led to Viper Team ORECA winning the 1999 ALMS GTS class championship despite missing the opening two rounds. They went undefeated for the remainder of the 8 race season.

In 2000 this car did the unthinkable and won the Rolex 24 at Daytona OVERALL appearing still as #91 in the GTO class (Grand AM series) becoming the first US production based car to ever win the race. The car was driven by Olivier Beretta, Dominique Dupuy and Karl Wendlinger who crossed the finish line 31 seconds ahead of a Pratt and Miller C5-R Corvette which at the time was the closest finish in Rolex 24 history. This would be the first win in the endurance triple crown which Viper Team ORECA would secure by going on to win class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Win it's historical win at Daytona in the Grand Am series, C21 also had the distinction few GTS-Rs accomplished having competed with Viper Team ORECA in all four major governing regulations under which they raced as the factory backed team - FIA, ACO, ALMS and Grand Am. Following Daytona, the car returned to ORECA in France for an unknown period of time. It was retired to the Chrysler museum collection and left as it appeared, dirt and all, after winning the race. It returned to Daytona in 2012 for the 50th anniversary of the race and was piloted by Ralph Gilles during parade laps for past race winners. As of August 2021 the car was on display for Chrysler employees inside the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit. In July of 2022 the car was displayed alongside GTS-R C7 at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. It was here that the car was inspected and found to be primarily in the condition in which it left victory lane at Daytona in 2000.

The following original components were found to have been removed: the control arms, springs, and dampers were replaced with older variants, the Pi Research 4 dash/logger was replaced with a MoTeC ADL dash, the TV cameras were removed from the roof (causing damage), the right side B pillar and the diffuser. The radio and data acquisition boxes have been removed and the original battery and battery box are not in place. The antenna has been removed from the roof and the carbon front brake ducting blanking is missing. An engine cooling fan has been added to the car at some point while in storage. During its retirement, C21 has suffered damage to both sides mirrors, the center of the Gurney flap on the rear wing is missing, the diffuser strakes have been hit, the large debris strike in the windshield has spidered and the protective film that covers the lights and other elements on the front of the car has faded from transparent to yellow.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - DNF: mechanical failure

1999 Mosport (ALMS), GTS - 1 (11) O. Beretta / D. Donohue

1999 Sears Point (ALMS), GTS - 1 (17) O. Beretta / D. Donohue

1999 Portland (ALMS), GTS - 1 (13) O. Beretta / D. Donohue

1999 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS - 1 (9) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger / M. Duez

1999 Laguna Seca (ALMS), GTS - 1 (11) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger

1999 Las Vegas ( ALMS), GTS - 2 (11)

2000 24H Daytona (Grand AM), GTO - 1 (1) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger / D. Dupuy

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C22

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Team Carsport Holland (2000) > Force One Racing (2003) > Base Up (2004)

Current owner: Florent Moulin, Luxembourg (*5/2007)

Chassis History/Notes: In 1999 this chassis won its first three races including the opening two rounds of the FIA GT championship and the GTS class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as car number 51. Olivier Beretta took the pole in qualifying with a scorching 3:56.58 lap. The car of course appeared in the Viper Team ORECA white/red/blue livery of 1999 first as the #1 prior to Le Mans. After winning class at Le Mans, the car appears to have made its way to the United States for the season ending Petit Le Mans appearing in what would become the iconic red livery with white GTS stripes wearing #93 and finishing third in class.

The 2000 24H of Daytona would be the final race for this chassis as a factory Team Viper member again in red/white wearing #93 where if finished third overall as part of Viper's history making Daytona weekend. The car was then sold to Team Carsport Holland to compete in the FIA GT Championship where it won the opening race at Monza in 2000. C22 maintained a completely red livery to start the European season, but the stripes had been removed and the car wore #25. For the 2000 24H of Le Mans the car qualified wearing number 57 on a solid orange livery and went on to finish sixth in class. It maintained this livery for the remainder of the year in FIA GT, but again wearing number 25 until its season ended with a crash at Zolder. Per team personnel, it was repaired over the winter of 2000/2001. In 2001 this chassis remained with Carsport Holland in the FIA GT Championship, but now with white rocker panels and lateral stripe across its hood breaking up its otherwise orange livery.

The car wore #4 in 2001. At the 24H of Spa the car kept #4, but appeared in a white livery with blue and red accents and large "Route 66" signs on the side and hood. It finished 2001 with a white livery and dark green GTS stripes accompanied by a dark green longitudinal stripe down the side. 2002 was the final year for this car with Team Carsport Holland. It was still campaigned in the FIA GT Championship as the #4, but now with a white livery and orange/black striping around the headlights, down the side of the car and along the roof. C22 wore this livery throughout the season except at the 24H of Spa where it again wore the "Route 66" livery. During the winter following the 2002 season the car returned to ORECA to be modified with the new for 2003 evolution package. It was then campaigned in 2003 by Force One Racing Festina in the FIA GT Championship wearing the #5 all season except at the 24H of Spa when it wore #4. It had a dark blue, nearly purple livery with white sponsor text and an image of a wristwatch on the roof. Unfortunately the car did not finish every race in the 2003 season. Its competition career ended in 2004 where it raced in the Italian GT championship with Scuderia Veregra. It wore a yellow, black, and white livery in a pattern that was in some ways similar to that which Viper Team ORECA ran in 1998/1999 FIA competition and most often wore race number 5.

In 2007 it joined the Art and Revs collection in Luxembourg. The chassis became the first and only thus far to have been converted back from GT1 to GT2 specification on the original fixture at ORECA, but no additional restoration work has been completed. The occasion was celebrated with a photo that includes owner Florent Moulin and ORECA founder Hugues de Chaunac. Once back at Art and Revs bodywork was temporarily fitted that had been on C35 during it's period as a display car with ORECA. The livery represents how C22 appeared while competing at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000. It sits as a rolling chassis as of September 2019, but all of the components are in the collection for the future restoration. As one of three Viper Le Mans class winners (C7/C22/C31), C22 holds a firm place as one of the most prestigious GTS-Rs constructed.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger

1999 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger

1999 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - 1 (10) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger / D. Dupuy

1999 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS - 3 (12)

2000 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTO - 3 (3)

2000 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) Hezemans / Hart

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2000 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - 6 (13)

2000 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2000 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2001 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNS: electronics issue

2001 Brno (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2001 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2001 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2001 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2001 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2001 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2001 A-1 Ring (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2001 Nurburgring (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2001 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2001 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2002 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2002 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2002 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2002 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox/electronics issue

2002 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2002 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2002 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2002 Pergusa (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2002 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2002 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 13 (23) differential issue

2003 Barcelona (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2003 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: engine

2003 Pergusa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: damage from tire failure

2003 Brno (FIA GT), GT - DNF: damage from tire failure

2003 Donington (FIA GT), GT - DNF: differential

2003 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - DNF: accident

2003 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - DNF: fuel system

2003 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - DNF: drive shaft

2003 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - DNF: brakes

2003 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: gearbox

2004 Imola (Italian GT), GT - DNS: Engine problem

2004 Monza (Italian GT), GT - 6 (17)

2004 Magione (Italian GT), GT - DNF

2004 Mugello (Italian GT), GT - 5 (11)

2004 Pergua (Italian GT), GT - 4 (13)

2004 Misano 1 (Italian GT), GT - DNF

2004 Vallelunga (Italian GT), GT - DNF

2004 Monza Motor Show/Racing Festival

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C23

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GTS

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Walter Brun (2000) > Ayrton Intermotor (2001) > DR Group/ Di Risio (2004)

Current owner: Art and Revs, Luxembourg (*2/2007)

Chassis History/Notes: This car first appeared at the Le Mans pre-qualifying weekend and then for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999. It raced as number 52 with Viper Team ORECA in the GTS class wearing the factory white livery with blue/red swirling stripes. The car was new with no previous World Championship experience and finished Le Mans 2nd in the GTS class (12th overall) behind its teammate C22. C23 would run the remainder of the FIA GT Championship schedule appearing as race number 1 scoring 4 wins and finishing 2nd to its teammate in all other races. These points helped secure the 1999 Driver's Championship for Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger along with the Team Championship for ORECA and the Manufacturer Championship for Chrysler. Now run by Chamberlain Motorsport during the 2000 racing season, chassis C23 managed to have the unique distinction of competing in races across 5 different sanctioning bodies/rule sets.

At the 24H of Daytona it appeared as the #46 with Team Viper West in a pink livery with black and yellow GTS stripes running in the GTO class. It was actually run by Chamberlain Engineering during this race. It appeared in British GT races with CSi Brookspeed usually wearing a completely white livery with blue sponsor logos/text and a red #20. Chamberlain Motorsport contended a couple American Le Mans Series races with the car in the GTS class still appearing in a white livery with blue sponsor text, but with #61 on the car. Chamberlain also ran FIA GT races in the white livery, but as #2. At the 2000 24H of Le Mans the car competed in the GTS class with Team Goh as the #56 still maintaining a plain white livery, but failed to finish when a tire failure resulted in a serious accident primarily with the front of the car. The car is said to have been repaired within a few weeks in time to continue with its British GT campaign.

Only one race result has been found for 2001 - the 24H of Daytona appearing with Chamberlain Motorsport in the GTS class as #114 still in the white livery, but with blue covering the rear section of the hood and fenders. Additional research is being conducted to confirm this race as C19 also participated with Chamberlain as car number 15 and it's possible the chassis results may have been swapped. This is also a possibility for a few races during 2000. This information will be updated in the future.

By 2002, C23 had moved on to the Spanish GT Championship running in the GTA class as #4 entered by Jesus Diez Villarroel. At some point during the season it appears to have worn a white/blue/yellow livery of its sponsor ICER. Only a couple known appearances have been found from the 2003 season, still in the Spanish GT Championship with Jesus Diez Villarroel, but now as #3. 2004 shows the car being entered in the Italian GT Championship by Gabriele Sabatini (DR Sport Equipe) and later Giorgio Pandini competing in the GT1 class wearing the #6 and a brilliant Sapphire Blue livery with Silver thin GTS stripes and accents. During this season the car suffered a heavy crash and during repairs the chassis was painted silver.

By 2007 Florent Moulin had acquired C23 and after participating in a hill climb event with the car still appearing in a version of its sapphire blue/silver livery, he restored it back to its 1999 Championship winning glory in Viper Team ORECA colors. He competed at Magny-Cours in 2007 winning the GT2 class, and in 2008 at the Nürburging and Le Castellet into SRO’s GT90s Revival Championship. In 2008 C23 was driven up the world famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the hands of Justin Bell, one of its Le Mans 1999 drivers. Today the car remains in his collection in its original 1999 Le Mans #52 livery (2022).

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

1999 24H Le Mans, GTS - 2 (12)

1999 Hockenheim (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger

1999 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger

1999 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger

1999 Homestead (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Watkins Glen (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

1999 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) O. Beretta / K. Wendlinger

1999 FIA GT Driver's and Team World Champions

2000 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTO - 6 (7)

2000 Oulton Park (British GT), GT - DNF

2000 Donington I (British GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Silverstone (ALMS), GTS - 6 (18)

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2000 Silverstone (British GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 Brands Hatch (British GT), GT - 7 (7)

2000 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - DNF: tire failure resulting in accident

2000 Donington II (British GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 Nürburging (ALMS), GTS - 2 (17)

2000 Silverstone III (British GT), GT - 3 (3)

2000 Lausitzring (FIA GT), GT - DQ for conduct

2001 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTS - 6 (31)

2002 Albacete (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 7 (7), R2: DNF

2002 Jarama (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 1 (1), R2: 2 (2) Fernandez / Diez de Villarroel

2002 Estoril (Spanish GT), GTA - 2 (2)

2002 Valencia (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 3 (3), R2: DNF

2002 Jerez (Spanish GT), GTA - 5 (5)

2002 Barcelona (Spanish GT), GTA - 9 (9)

2003 Albacete (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 6 (6), R2: 4 (4)

2003 Jarama (Spanish GT), GTA - R1: 1 (1), R2: 3 (3) Fernandez / Diez de Villarroel

2004 Monza (Italian GT), GT - R1: 3 (3), R2: 5 (6)

2004 Magione (Italian GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: 4 (7)

2004 Mugello (Italian GT), GT - R1: 3 (3), R2: DNF: engine trouble

2004 Pergusa (Italian GT), GT - R1: 4 (11), R2: 4 (13)

2004 Misano (Italian GT), GT - R1: 5 (5), R2: 3 (3)

2005 Misano (Italian GT), GT1 - R1: 7 (13), R2: 8 (12)

2005 Vallelunga I (Italian GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 7 (11)

2005 Monza (Italian GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 3 (3)

2005 Hungaroring (Italian GT), GT1 - R1: 9 (19), R2: DNF

2005 Magione (Italian GT), GT1 - R1: 7 (16), R2: 9 (14)

2005 Mugello (Italian GT), GT1 - R1: 7 (9), R2: 6 (10)

2005 Vallelunga II (Italian GT), GT1 - R1: 6 (10), R2: 8 (17) DNF

2007 Magny-Cours (SRO GT90's Revival), GT2 - R1: 1 (5), R2: DNF F. Moulin / Chevallard

Various historic racing events including the Goodwood Festival of Speed through 2019

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C24

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Unknown configuration

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: Show car

First owner: Chrysler Europe

Next owners (year): Automotive Marketing Firm (2004)

Current owner: Unknown

Chassis History/Notes: This was a show car. No photos have been located and its existence beyond 2004 is unknown.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

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C25

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Paul Belmondo

Next owners (year): La Squadra (2005) > Gerard Lopez (2007) > restored by Art and Revs, Luxembourg (2008)

Current owner: Available for purchase as of May 2020 at Art and Revs, Luxembourg (*2020)

Chassis History/Notes: Chassis C25 had a long career with Paul Belmondo Racing. It began in 2000 when the car was entered in the FIA GT World Championship as #12 originally wearing a yellow livery with white GTS stripes. It appears to have been tested by Turbo Magazine in July 2000. The article says the Henri Mader maintains the engines for Belmondo. By the event at Hungaroring the car was completely yellow without stripes and went on to win its first event. A few DNFs prevented the car from winning the championship but it still managed to finish second overall behind the Lister Storm. 2001 saw the car entered officially under Paul Belmondo Competition in the FIA GT Championship as #10. It now wore a livery that combined a yellow hood, grill, doors and rear valence with elements of dark blue on the fenders, wing end plates and front bumper. It competed at the 24H of Le Mans this year while wearing #56, but unfortunately suffered and accident and did not finish the race.

In 2002 Paul Belmondo Racing again contested the FIA GT World Championship with the car as #12 again wearing a livery with yellow on the grill, fenders and quarter panels with dark blue on the hood, roof, and doors highlighted by light blue streaks. It had been updated to include the following: Heini Mader engine and airbox, Holinger sequential gearbox, increased track widths with matching wide bodywork, larger FIA wing, modified fascia for increased cooling, Moton 4 way adjustable shocks. Although the car was on the Le Mans entry list, it apparently did not attend for some reason. Only a few events were found in the car's history for the 2003 season. Belmondo competed in a few FFSA French GT races carrying # 16 and one race in the Belcar Series wearing #22. The car won the race at Zolder overall while wearing a yellow livery with white areas on the center of the hood, the rear of the fenders and on the lower quarter panels. While appearing as #16 during an FFSA race at Pau this season, the car experienced a serious accident.

This could explain a lack of race participation during the 2004 season. ORECA supplied new front and rear sections to repair the chassis and the car was then sold to La Squadra. It was then campaigned in 2005 in the Le Mans Endurance Series. It now wore #57 and had an interesting livery that consisted mostly of the legendary Gulf blue with Gulf logos on the doors, but a black grill that merged into a single black stripe that went over the entire car to a black wing. The outside of the stripe was highlighted with Xbox bright green as well as Xbox decals. C25 was not competitive in this configuration as much newer cars optimized for the GT1 category such as the Prodrive Ferrari 550s were at the front of the class. In 2008/2009 Florent Moulin restored the car back to its 2002 appearance. The car was run during private tests and then it competed in 2014 and 2015 at the Daytona Classic 24 Hour. It also appeared in two demonstrations at Peter Auto’s 2017 Spa Classic and Le Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or.

The car received a fresh mechanical overhaul in the winter of 2019/2020 with a zero hour engine and gearbox and is available for sale with GT1 style aero and freshly inspect GT2 style suspension. Though the car remains available for purchase in 2021 it participated at the Global Endurance Legends races at the 24H of Le Mans showing impressive pace throughout.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

2000 Valencia (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2000 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Brake problem

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Gearbox

2000 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) B. Derichebourg / V. Vosse

2000 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2000 A1-Ring (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2000 Lausitzring (FIA GT), GT - 2 (2)

2000 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2000 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Accident

2001 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Engine

2001 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2001 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Ignition System

2001 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2001 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 4 (4)

2001 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - DNF: Accident

2001 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 9 (12)

2001 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - 5 (8)

2001 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2001 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 7 (7)

2002 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Accident (Differential failure)

2002 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 1 (1) F. Babini / M. Duez

2002 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2002 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - 11 (22) Oil Pump issue

2002 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Accident

2002 Oschersleben (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2002 24H Spa (FIA GT), GT - 4 (8)

2002 Pergusa (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2002 Donington (FIA GT), GT - 3 (3)

2002 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 6 (6)

2003 Nogaro (FFSA), SGT - R1:12 (14), R2: DNF

2003 Zolder (Belcar), G - 1 (1) P. Belmondo / M. Duez

2003 Dijon (FFSA), SGT - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2005 Monza (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - DNF: Accident

2005 Silverstone (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - 7 (31)

2005 Nürburgring (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - 7 (30)

2005 Istanbul (Le Mans Endurance Series), GT1 - 6 (25)

Various historic racing events through 2021

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C26

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Francois Lafon/Team ART

Next owners (year): MTO Mirabeau Compétition (2004~2005) > Unknown Owner (circa 2018)

Current owner: Unknown owner, France (2020)

Chassis History/Notes: C26 must be known for carrying one of the more unique liveries amongst all the GTS-Rs. It began in 2000 with Team ART competing in both the French GT Championship (#1) as well as the FIA GT Championship (#29) while wearing a black livery with a snake that wrapped around the car's flanks and animated monsters on the hood and roof. It maintained this livery for two more seasons in the FIA GT Championship as #9 with Team ART. No results were found for the 2003 season and the car appears to have been sold to Mirabeau Competition for the 2004 season.

There it competed in the French GT Championship as #4 with a red livery overall and silver on the roof and fenders. It did contend a single Spanish GT event at the end of the season in Barcelona in the GTS class. For 2005 it was another season of the French GT Championship wearing #2 with MTO Mirabeau Competition and a red livery with black wing. Now though the car was competing in the GT1 category and included a modified wide mouth grill opening along with the larger GT1 wing and bodywork. The car was also running the final engine evolution from Caldwell Development Inc. which included their crossram inlet manifold.

The final records found at this time for C26 indicate it competed at a pair of French GT races in 2006 again with MTO Mirabeu in the GT1 class as #12, but wearing a black livery, yellow mirrors, rocker panels and grill surround. The car was said to be with Mirabeau in Paris as of March 2018. It then was said to have passed through a new owner and then to a second who has returned the car to its original livery. As of 2020 the car appears to remain mechanically as it did at the end of its competition career in the mid 2000s with numerous upgrades including the evolution engine from Caldwell Development and a Ricardo sequential gearbox. The car is successfully competing in historic racing events and has even won an event at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit in 2021.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

2000 Ledenon (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 4 (4), R2: DNF

2000 Monza (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2000 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 9 (9)

2000 Dijon (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: No Result, R2: 3 (3)

2000 Hungaroring (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 3 (3), R2: 1 (1) F. Lafon / JP. Jarier

2000 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), Inter - 2 (2)

2000 A1 Ring (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Wheel problem

2000 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 1 (1), R2: 2 (2) F. Lafon / JP. Jarier

2000 Nogaro (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 2 (2), R2: 8 (22)

2000 Magny-Cours II (FFSA GT), Inter - R1: 2 (2), R2: 3 (3)

2001 Monza (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Differential

2001 Brno (FIA GT), GT - 11 (14)

2001 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Gearbox

2001 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 8 (10)

2001 Zolder (FIA GT), GT - 5 (5)

2001 Hungaroring (FIA GT), GT - 7(9)

2001 Nurburgring (FIA GT), GT - 8 (8)

2001 Jarama (FIA GT), GT - 8 (12)

2001 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 10 (22) Fuel system trouble

2002 Magny-Cours (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Axle

2002 Silverstone (FIA GT), GT - 8 (8)

2002 Brno (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Engine

2002Jarama (FIA GT), GT - 8 (8)

2002 Anderstorp (FIA GT), GT - 8 (9)

2002 Donington (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Wheel problem

2002 Estoril (FIA GT), GT - 7 (9)

2004 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 9 (9), R2: DNS

2004 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: 8 (8)

2004 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 9 (9), R2: 5 (5)

2004 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 6 (6), R2: 3 (3)

2004 Albi (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: DNS

2004 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT - R1: 7 (7), R2: 8 (8)

2004 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT - R1: DNF, R2: DNF

2004 Barcelona (Spanish GT), GTS - 3 (11)

2005 Nogaro (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 15 (17), R2: 3 (3)

2005 Ledenon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 10 (10), R2: 4 (4)

2005 Pau (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 9 (9), R2: 12 (12)

2005 Dijon (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 8 (8), R2: DNS

2005 Val de Vienne (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 7 (7), R2: 9 (9)

2005 Albi (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 5 (5), R2: 1 (1) G. Bleynie / M. Zangarelli

2005 Le Mans (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 5 (5), R2: 6 (6)

2005 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 6 (6), R2: 4 (4)

2006 Albi (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: DNF, R2: 7 (7)

2006 Magny-Cours (FFSA GT), GT1 - R1: 2 (2), R2: 8 (8)

Various historic racing events through 2021

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C27

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GTO

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Multimatic, Canada (2001 ) Kari Mäkinen, Sweden (2006)

Current owner: Florent Moulin, Luxembourg (*2008)

Chassis History/Notes: This chassis was used to develop the specifications for the 2000 racing season for Viper Team ORECA. Discussion with team members continues, but it is believed to have most likely been assembled at ORECA's United States shop near Road Atlanta. The car has unique suspension and chassis pickup points with geometry that varies from other factory team cars. Although it was short, this car had a superb career racing with Viper Team ORECA in 2000. After C17 was heavily damaged at the bus stop chicane during the 2000 Roar before the 24 at Daytona, the team decided to enter C27 in its place for the race. C27 was the only new for 2000 of the three cars to contend Daytona with C21 and C22 having been cars from the 1999 season. Wearing race number 92 the car ran consistently at a strong pace, but unfortunately suffered a gearbox issue requiring a 25 minute stop for service. It would go on to finish the race in fifth position overall.

Immediately following the race the car was taken to the Lockheed Martin Wind Tunnel in Marietta, Georgia to perform validation testing on bodywork. It competed at the Sebring 12 Hours again wearing race number 92 and scored a second place finish in the GTS class before visiting the S.E.A. facility in Ohio for suspension testing. The car would then journey to Europe to race at Silverstone and the Nürburgring as race number 92 before returning to America for Petit Le Mans. This would be the car's final race and it wore number 93 with black side mirrors and windshield banner. The car was noted at that race by driver David Donohue as not being part of the normal rotation and having less heat insulation as a result which made conditions extra difficult for he and his co-drivers.

Following the 2000 season the car was sold to Multimatic for further development testing. Multimatic had shipped the car to the United Kingdom for testing which never occurred. The car sat in storage in the UK for 5 years before being sold to a Swedish collector, but they did not have the room to store the car and the engine management system along with its display had failed. As a result the car sat in a container in a port by the Baltic sea for two years. Florent Moulin found the car at that point amazingly in complete, original and good overall condition otherwise. It was still primarily wearing the bodywork it ran at Petit Le Mans in 2000. The car was partially repainted and its Daytona livery was restored in 2008.

It has been run numerous times in vintage races both in Europe and in the United States including a class win at the Classic 24 at Daytona! It has also made appearances at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Sebring, Silverstone, and Spa. Today (2022) the car remains part of Florent Moulin's wonderful collection. It retains the unique suspension configuration as well as its original Pi data acquisition system. Florent believes the car has never been altered since the 2000 racing season retaining all its original components including the seat. It currently runs a MoTeC dash in place of its original Pi setup and has received a complete mechanical rebuild as of 2020. Considering its high authenticity Florent decided to retire the car from historic racing and will only participate in premier demonstration events. C27 is used as the reference standard against which he restores other Chrysler/ORECA Viper GTS-Rs. This chassis likely contains more components original to this car in particular than the other former Viper Team ORECA cars in private ownership.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

2000 24H Daytona (Grand Am), GTO - 4 (5)

2000 Sebring (ALMS), GTS - 2 (8)

2000 Silverstone (ALMS), GTS - 2 (8)

2000 Nürburgring (ELMS), GTS - DNF: accident damage

2000 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS - 5 (14)

Various historic racing events through 2019

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^Unconfirmed, likely not a GTS-R

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Photo by Shawn Romig

C28

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GT2

First owner: Kilian Konig

Next owners (year): ?...> Thed Björk (2002~2003) > Scuderia Veregra (2004)

Current owner: Pierre-louis Carpene, France (*2012)

Chassis History/Notes: Notes suggested that this car was built as a replacement for C14 with HKM/Parr Motorsport, but conflicting records show this car having competed as a lower Viper GTS spec car in the GTO class of the 2000 British GT series wearing #48 and a Silver livery with black GTS stripes, yellow mirrors and vertical stripe above the rear wheels, snakeskin graphics with fangs next to the grill opening. This seems very unlikely that a GTS-R would be converted outside its homologation to a GTS (to race in the lower GTO class), therefore this early history is not considered confirmed or accurate until speaking with a primary source. The car did appear in the 2002 Swedish GTR Championship running as #4 with Etab Data Racing in the GT-A class. There it wore a bright yellow livery with white rocker panels and a black wing on a standard GTS-R customer mechanical specification. It remained in the same class of the Swedish GTR series for 2003, but now wearing #3 under the Tre Q AB team banner with a completely yellow livery and a black wing. This would be the final season for the Swedish GTR series in this format as car count was small. C28 managed to win each event it entered that season and therefore claimed the season championship victory.

By 2004 the car appeared at a few rounds of the FIA GT Championship with Scuderia Veregra wearing #35 in a yellow livery which was similar in pattern to that which was run by Viper Team ORECA in 1998/1999, but with a yellow base, white divider stripe and black elsewhere. For the later rounds the car appeared completely black. The history of this chassis is unknown until 2012 when it was acquired by Pierre-Louis Carpene. He has raced the car in the French GT Classic Championship and continues to enjoy the car at track days to the present day. It currently wears a livery similar to that of the famous ORECA cars of late 1999/2000 with a red livery with white GTS stripes. The car has a black wing and usually wears #35 (2018). It is said to be one of only two GTS-Rs to have a wrap around electrical control panel. C28 exists today as one of the cleanest and most well maintained GTS-Rs in the world.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

2002 Gellerasen Rd2 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 2 (6), R2: 3 (9)

2002 Knutstorp Rd4 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: DNF, R2: 2 (3)

2002 Gellerasen Rd5 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 4 (6), R2: DNF

2002 Mantorp Park Rd7 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 3 (6), R2: 3 (4)

2003 Mantorp Park Rd2 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) T. Bjork/T. Homstedt

2003 Gellerasen Rd3 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) T. Bjork/T. Homstedt

2003 Gellerasen Rd4 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) T. Bjork/T. Homstedt

2003 Knutstorp Rd5 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 1 (1), R2: 1 (1) T. Bjork/T. Homstedt

2003 Mantorp Park Rd6 (Swedish GTR), GT-A - R1: 1 (1), R2: DNF T. Bjork/T. Homstedt

2004 Imola (FIA GT), GT - DNF

2004 Dubai (FIA GT), GT - 11 (19)

2004 Zhuhai (FIA GT), GT - DNF: Engine

Various club racing events through 2019

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C29 - Never Constructed

Original Engine: None

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: None

First owner: None

Next owners (year): None

Current owner: None

Chassis History/Notes: Florent Moulin's research into original ORECA records revealed that C29 was designated as the spare chassis for Viper Team ORECA's American Le Mans Series campaign in 2000. It was sitting as a bare chassis at the team US location near Road Atlanta in Georgia. It was never constructed as a complete car, but was later renumbered as C42 by ORECA and built to completion. See C42 for additional information.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

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C30

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GTS

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Swiss Viper Museum (*2001)

Current owner: Swiss Viper Museum (*2001)

Chassis History/Notes: This chassis started the 2000 season wearing #93 at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the classic red livery with dual white stripes and yellow mirrors/windshield banner. However, it was primarily used by Viper Team ORECA as #92 (white mirrors/windshield banner) during the bulk of the 2000 American Le Mans Series season and helped them secure both the Team and Manufacturer's Championships in their final year as the factory supported effort. This car wore #52 at the 24H of Le Mans that year competing in the GTS class and did sustain some damage, but was able to finish the race. The car was obviously repaired and scored an ALMS win at Sears Point.

C30 had a chance at glory during Petit Le Mans after taking over the lead when the race dominating #91 suffered a freak battery failure during a late race pit stop, but on the second to last lap a driving error allowed Andy Pilgrim to sneak by in one of the factory Corvettes relegating C30 to another second place finish. It competed in the final race for Viper Team ORECA in Adelaide, Australia crossing the finish line together with the class winning #91/C31. Impressively this car finished on the GTS class podium in each of the ten American Le Mans Series races it contended in 2000.

Likely the first to realize the future historical significance of these cars, C30 was purchased directly from ORECA in 2001 following the conclusion of the Chrysler factory program and kicked off what would become Edwin Stucky's incredible Swiss Viper Museum collection. The car was set to have been sold to Brookspeed in the UK and was prepared to customer specifications and painted white in preparation for delivery, but the deal fell through. Edwin seized the opportunity and for a time ran the car in the white livery at European club events during the mid 2000s. It was then restored back to its factory red/white livery and appeared with various numbers. It now appears in its original #92 Viper Team ORECA red/white livery (2017). The car also remains in mostly original mechanical configuration from the time of its purchase in 2001 and in kept in immaculate condition.

*Partial* Race History, Event - Class Finishing Position (Overall):

2000 Sebring (ALMS), GTS - 3 (9)

2000 Charlottle (ALMS), GTS - 3 (19)

2000 24H Le Mans (ACO), GTS - 5 (12)

2000 Sears Point (ALMS), GTS - 1 (8) D. Donohue / T. Archer

2000 Mosport (ALMS), GTS - 3 (6)

2000 Texas (ALMS), GTS - 3 (20) fuel system trouble

2000 Portland (ALMS), GTS - 2 (12)

2000 Petit Le Mans (ALMS), GTS - 2 (10)

2000 Laguna Seca (ALMS), GTS - 3 (10)

2000 Las Vegas (ALMS), GTS - 2 (8)

2000 Adelaide (ALMS), GTS - 2 (4)

Various club and historic racing events through 2020

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C31

Original Engine: Chrysler 8.0L V10 - Race

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Original Run Group/Class: GTS

First owner: Viper Team ORECA

Next owners (year): Brookspeed Racing (2001~2002) > Victor Preisler, CA (2005)

Current owner: Private collection, Midwest USA (*2012)

Chassis History/Notes: Chassis C31 may have been the most dominant GTS-R chassis built winning 8 of 11 races entered in the 2000 season. It appeared with Viper Team ORECA as #91 at American Le Mans Series races and #51 at the 2000 24H of Le Mans, both in the GTS class. At Le Mans Karl Wendlinger drove C31 to the pole time of 3:56.3 and went on to dominate the race beating Corvette handily while sharing driving duties with Olivier Beretta and Dominique Dupuy. The team finished five laps ahead of the second place finishing GTS-R which was another lap clear of the leading C5-R Corvette. Their 7th place overall finish was the highest ever for an American GT class car!

This car was also dominating Petit Le Mans leading by as much as two laps when it was delayed during a late pit stop by a fluke battery failure. This type of failure hadn't been seen prior in the program and the team lost a few laps scrambling to find a battery. It went on to finish 4th in class. Olivier Beretta secured the ALMS Driver's Championship yet again and Viper Team ORECA/Chrysler won the Team and Manufacturer Championships in their final year of competition.

Unfortunately, due to an oversight after the 2000 season, this car was not retained by Chrysler to be preserved as a few select GTS-Rs had been prior, but was instead sold to Brookspeed Racing for the 2001 season. The car only appeared at a few events in 2001 wearing a white livery with divergent blue GTS stripes on the hood terminating in a checkered pattern around the cowling. It wore #21 at a lightly contended Interactive Sportscar Championsh