What? did you know that the V10 engine of the first Dodge Viper was designed by Lamborghini engineers? Here is his amazing story.
Before being bought by Audi and the Volkswagen Group in 1998, Automobili Lamborghini changed owners several times. American automaker Chrysler Corporation took control of Lamborghini in 1987 and then sold the brand to Malaysian investment group Mycom Setdco and Indonesian group V’Power Corporation in 1994. We know what happened next.
During its tenure with Chrysler, Lamborghini was approached by Detroit-based American headquarters to help them design a V10 engine for the Dodge Viper, one of America’s most iconic gas-guzzling sports cars. )
It was the Lamborghini Engineering department (created by Lido Anthony Iacocca known as “Lee Iacocca” – CEO of Chrysler until 1992) that was responsible for this work. This Lamborghini division was based in Modena near Sant’Agata Bolognese, with the aim of developing an F1 engine as part of its commitment to Formula 1.
Led by Mauro Forghieri, Lamborghini engineers based in Sant’Agata Bolognese in Italy were tasked in the late 1980s with the modification of the V10’s massive steel wall from a truck body to a lightweight aluminum die-cast body intended for a sports car.
After much effort and time, this former engineering branch – now defunct – of the Italian manufacturer took up the challenge by creating an aluminum block 8.0-liter V10 that develops 394 hp at 5,150 rpm and produces a torque of 620 Nm, the biggest when that. time. The design of this new engine cost 3/4 less than that of the Lamborghini Diablo’s V12 which produced only 6.0 liters. It’s also the same Chrysler designer, Tom Gale, who designed the Dodge Viper and the Lamborghini Diablo.