Interesting Viper Facts

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  1. SRT-Tom

    SRT-Tom Full Access Member Article Writer

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    In the August 2019 issue of Road & Track, an article appeared entitled "Chrysler's Doomed Foray into Formula 1."

    In the article it discusses the development of the Viper V-10 engine.

    It was interesting to learn that the V-10 engine started out as an 8.0 liter truck engine geared for the Ram pickup. This cast iron engine had small valves and was designed for a maximum of 300 hp. Chrysler decided to team up with Lamborghini and pay $10 million to develop a lightweight aluminum engine, loosely based on the cast iron original, that could make 400 hp.

    Chrysler parted ways with Lamborghini, in 1994, but not until it produced the second generation V-10 engine, with new heads and huge intake valves. This new alloy V-10 produced 460 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.