Car 89 — Fred ROBERTS
The Direct Energy No. 89 Car is a purpose-built late model Dodge Viper Competition Coupe with World Challenge trim body and accessories. This Competition Coupe was acquired with all accessories and paint scheme already complete at the Viper Owners Invitational (VOI#9) in Las Vegas in early 2007. As told by Gary Johnson, Road Racing Manager at Dodge, this car was a forward look to the reemergence of GT3 racing in Europe in which Dodge wanted to be a major competitor. In this vein, the car was unique in that the paint scheme was a tribute to the World Championship Viper GTS-R of ORECA heritage right down to the correct colours on the roll bars. The BBS rims were the first to be released in North America and until recently, this car was the only one sporting the unique centre-lock design in preparation for the Viper Competition Coupe to return to the European racing scene.
The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe was released in 2003 and is not available through retail channels. The car is manufactured on behalf of Dodge Motor sports by Roush out of Detroit and sold through Gillette Evernham Motor sports to qualified purchasers.
- 505 cubic inches (8.3L)
- 520 Brake Horsepower @ 5600 RPM (engine options will vary now)
- 540 Foot-pounds of torque @ 4600 RPM
- Front engine V10 w/2 valves per cylinder
- Rear wheel drive
- 0 - 60 mph in 3.8 seconds
- 60 - 0 mph in 92 feet
- 11.8 second quarter mile
- 193 miles per hour top speed (310.5 km's/hr
- Carbon fiber and composite construction
- 3000 pounds
- Chassis #89