Surgical and Powerful—The 1996 Chrysler Viper GTS-R

One of the most coveted cars in the first edition of the now-legendary driving simulator series, Gran Turismo, the Team Oreca Viper GTS-R was partly sponsored by Sony Playstation.

As BBC Top Gear’s former Stig, Ben Collins, discovered, racing the real thing far exceeded the experience of any simulator. Featuring an 8.0-litre V-10 engine producing 780 horsepower, with carbon fiber body panels contributing to the 1,150 kg curb weight, Collins found the Chrysler a nimble, responsive ride around Circuit de la Sarthe. Raced by John Morton and Justin Bell at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997, this car helped re-establish the pedigree of American motorsports.

Certainly, Collins commented positively on the “pinpoint precision” of the GTS-R as well as its “playful throttle.” Watch to see the notoriously opinionated, yet tame racing driver won over by the ten-cylinder American sports car on track. For a full campaign report, and to register interest for this race-used example at RM Sotheby’s centenary Le Mans auction on 9 June 2023, please click here.




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