Widebody Dodge Viper “Le Mans” Borrows Porsche Bits and You Can’t Even Tell

If car companies had a satoshi (0.00000001 Bitcoin) for each time an enthusiast hits the keyboard to write about buying a performance vehicle, cars like the Viper would still be around. Alas, America’s supercar has been retired in 2017 and with no revival in sight—electrification is narrowing the window—there are things the online community can do to keep the departed Dodge supercar under the spotlights. Case in point with this rendering portraying a sharpened-up Viper with added motorsport flavor.

One of the most popular ways to customize a Viper in the real world, especially when it comes to the final Mk V iteration, is to keep the exterior stock and stuff a pair of turbos under the hood. This results in the output entering the four-digit arena, arguably turning the machine into a sleeper.

And it’s no secret that widebody kits for the Viper are few and far between, which is where this 3D model comes into play.

In isolation, the proposal might seem like an uber-wild take on the curvy styling of the V10 animal, with the riveted-on overfenders seriously boosting the muscular look of the two-seater.

However, if we are to judge the proposal by contemporary widebody standards, this is a somewhat restrained approach, which is a plus—it means the approach could always be brought to life, so we’ll give it a 7/10 as far as the RPM (real project in the making) Potential is concerned.

What Porsche door mirrors?

Some of the most magnetic features of the package also happen to be among the simples bits fitted to the machine. And we’ll start with the door mirrors.

At first, the carbon fiber pieces managing the airflow across the car, which include the front splitter, side skirt extensions, and the wickerbill, grab all the attention. After all, they do come in carbon.

And so do the Advan GT rims—peek through those retro-looking spokes and you’ll notice AP Racing stopping hardware.

Thus, you’ll be forgiven for glossing over the door mirrors, but kindly asked to give them a second look. Sure, their design might fall in line with the double-bubble roof of the American ride, but they happen to be borrowed from the ex-generation Porsche 911 GT3 (991).

Digital artist Luca Serafini (aka serafinistile) also brought together the racing past of the Viper and its imaginary future for this work. The latter is represented by the LED light clusters at both ends of the vehicle. As for the first, the massive yellow lights added to the nose are a nod to the Viper’s Le Mans days.

The Viper has a rich Le Mans history

Following the 1991 introduction of the original Viper RT/10, a private team brought two examples to Le Mans for the 1994 race, with these being fielded by Rent-A-Car Racing Team/Luigi Racing. And, after the #40 car grabbed 12th position, Chrysler decided to officially build an endurance racing iteration of the 1996-introduced Viper GTS that saw the model moving from an open-top to a coupe form.

Built with French specialist Oreca, the racer climbed to the top of its GT2 class for three consecutive years (1998-2000) at Le Mans.

In 2003, Dodge introduced the Gen III Viper, while the Gen IV landed in 2008—some aficionados like to regard the two models mentioned above as the original iteration and bring these two together as the second-generation car, though.

Regardless, the Gen V that landed in 2013 (that would be third-generation by the said classification) was translated into motorsport language. And this showed up on the Le Mans grid in 2013, as well as in 2015.

Returning to this rendering, the artist is so deeply in love with the Viper that he even decided to take us inside the supercar via the short YouTube clip below, which is a rare feat in the world of renderings.



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