Devon's GTX - a civilised Viper?
Devon Motorworks has showcased its outlandish Viper based GTX at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Los Angeles based company, directed by Scott Devon, is touting its GTX as the next great American supercar – choice words at a time the US domestic car industry is practically in ruins.
Viper for the 21st century?
Devon’s GTX was conceived as the VR Concept a few years ago (in 2005), from the fertile imagination (and design ability) of former Ford designer, Swede, Daniel Paulin. Evidently, the styling is utterly mad yet curiously well proportioned.
Finding a chassis to accommodate the outlandish surfacing was always going to be problematic.
Spoiler part of the optional $25 000 track package. GTX Styling sensational. Pricing unconstitutional.
Scott Devon attempted, unsuccessfully, to acquire Dodge’s Viper tooling and naming rights earlier this year, when the Chrysler group was being taken apart.
Fiat intervention put his plans out of commission though.
Undaunted, Devon has draped the carbon-fibre bodywork over a chassis which measures 2.5m between the front and rear axles - a similar wheelbase to Dodge's Viper.
GTX sports independently sprung gas-pressurised dampers at all four wheel corners, tracking double-wishbones, so it should be well composed on track - especially with the optional a real-time damping and ride-height adjustment system on board.
Brakes are equally impressive in terms of specification - 380mm discs, actuated by six-piston calipers up front and four-piston units clamping 355mm discs at the rear. Manufactured by Stoptech, quality is impeccable.
Cabin architecture is retro. Shifter is massive. Chrome detailing very understated - and very un-American. McIntosh audio system offers 200W of unparalleled audio clarity.
The powertrain shadows Dodge’s supercar too, boasting similar 8.4l swept capacity and V10 cylinder configuration.
Devon’s technicians have crafted 478kW from the V10 engine though, sending 28kW more to the limited-slip rear differential than a stock Viper.
With its exotic materials (carbon-fibre body and seats) and centre-locking wheels, the GTX is decidedly track biased, much like Viper has always been.
True to this track biased design legacy, GTX already boasts production-car lap records at both Willow Springs Raceway and Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca earlier this year.
Scott Devon says his company will only produce 36 GTX models per annum. At $500 000 a pop, in the current economic climate, for a car without any heritage, he’ll be lucky to move even half of the stock...