Dodge launches Viper Cup Series following the end of production

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Even though Dodge recently ended production of the Viper, the model is still getting a racing series of its own.

The 2010 Dodge Viper Cup began its season at the Virginia International Raceway this past weekend (July 10 and 11) and will feature 10 races in all taking place over the summer and fall. Participating in the series will be 12 Dodge Viper ACR-X race cars and race coverage will be provided by sports channel VERSUS, which will broadcast 30-minute edited versions of each race.

The Viper ACR-X is non-street legal race car fitted with an 8.4 liter V10 engine with 640 hp ( 477 kW) and 605 lb-ft (820 Nm) of torque, slightly more than the production Viper. Dodge had built a total of 50 units of the race-only Viper. It comes with a roll-cage and a specially-tuned race suspension, amongst other racing component additions.

The racing series is being sponsored by Michelin tires and features a top prize of $25,000. Drivers participating in some of the races include Shaun Bailey of Road and Track magazine and an Olympic bobsledder, Mike Kohn, who is currently a sergeant in the Army National Guard.

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