DEVON GTX: THE RECYCLED VIPER
In 2010 efforts were made to reuse the mechanics of the fourth generation Dodge Viper to develop a new supercar
In 2008, Dodge presented the fourth generation of the iconic Viper, which was called the ZB II to differentiate it from the 2002 ZB I.
The cars shared the same body and interior design, while the mechanics had been completely reworked.
First of all, a new 600 hp Viper V10 8.4 engine with 759 Nm of torque was installed, designed with the collaboration of McLaren and Ricardo to which a new 6-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission was coupled.
The electronics had been improved and the exhaust system had been modified to avoid the accumulation of heat that was created in the cockpit of the third series Vipers.
After just over a year, Ralph Gilles, CEO of Dodge, announced that in 2010 the ZB II would stop its production and that the mechanical base would be auctioned off.
The only company that proposed to purchase it was the Devon Motorworks of Los Angeles, which wanted to use it for the construction of its new GTX supercar.
Designed by Swedish designer Daniel Paulin, the car featured a new aerodynamic bodywork made using a particular type of carbon fibre used in the aeronautical sector.
Mechanically unchanged, it was officially presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance after a series of tests held at the Willow Springs Raceway.
Unfortunately, the offer turned out to be less than the $ 10,000,000 requested as a reserve price by Dodge and this led to the crisis of Devon Motorworks, which had to close in 2013, failing at finding an alternative base to develop the GTX.
TEST DRIVE OF GTX AT LAGUNA SECA
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation