1998 Dodge Zakspeed Viper Made Street Legal by Heurich Classics
The idea was to recreate the looks of mean machine Hasseroder Viper GTS-R that won the 24 hours of Nürburgring endurance race in 1999 and also make it completely street legal. The 1998 Viper originally belonged to Zakspeed Racing until it was purchased in 2010 and the current owner turned to Heurich Classics, a German company that specializes in maintenance, repair and optimization of vintage and classic cars for the transformation.
With automotive conversion it’s usually a road car getting tuned for the track and so a lot of changes were required to make the classic racer street legal. The Viper’s spoiler had to be cut, the rear diffuser removed, and its side channels rebuilt. New tires and wheels were specially ordered and a new hand brake system with CNC-machined caliper carriers was installed. New passenger seats were installed and the harness and glazing were renewed with all the electrical work redone.
The steering angle was increased, the cooling system changed, additional fans installed, engine peripherals modified, and the exhaust system adapted and yes there’s been a power upgrade as well. The car’s 6.2-liter V8 engine now delivers a total of 600 HP, combined with a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox. Replicating the traditional colors and livery of the original Hasseroder Viper GTS-R is a nice touch.