2013 SRT Dodge Viper GTS-R Wind Tunnel Testing

(Source: Chrysler Group LLC)

When transforming a street car to a race car you usually don’t start by reducing engine displacement, but that is exactly what Dodge engineers did building the SRT Dodge Viper GTS-R. ALMS (American LeMans Series) rules stipulate no more than 5.5 liter capacity motors; However, Dodge was able to submit and get approval to run their V10 motors in an 8.0 liter configuration by altering bore and stroke. The caveat was to run their V10 0.4 liters short of the street version 8.4 liter motor and installing an intake restrictor plate.

The normally aspirated 8.4 liter V-10 from the street legal SRT Dodge Viper GTS puts out an astounding 640 hp and 600 ft-lb of torque. To compensate for the reduction in hp, engineers attacked the problem with a weight reduction plan along with some aero dynamic alterations. I can’t wait to see this Viper battle it out against Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and 2011’s Team Champion BMW GT2 in the 2013 season.

DEA Seize a Collection of Dream Cars

It looks like a scene out out of Fast and the Furious, tens of exotic and muscle cars being seized by the DEA all at once. YouTube user Speedracer38 happened to catch this scene on his work and decided to take a few minutes to film the whole thing go down. Further investigation from Autoblog believes these cars to be part of the arrest of 22 people involved in the illegal distribution of prescription medication at “rogue pain clinics” in Florida. In total $2.2 million dollars and 70 cars were seized, assuming this video has to do with the same scandal.

The collection is massive featuring a plethora of Lamborghinis, a few Dodge Vipers, and Mustangs new and old just to name a few. According to the comments some of the notable cars not shown include “a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, Diablo Roadster, and a Rolls Royce Drophead.” It’s unfortunate all these cars were bought with dirty money and will be taken off the street. On the bright side, if you live in Florida keep on the look out for when this collection of seized dream cars goes up on a DEA property auction.