The RAM SRT-10 VCA Edition. Dodge delivered 50 Pace Truck Replicas to Daytona Florida to NASCAR from Auburn Hills, Michigan on February 5th, 2004.
The Ram SRT-10 was the Pace Truck for the season opener, Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The Ram SRT-10 will have no problem meeting the performance requirements of Pace Truck duty. Earlier in the week, Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year contender Brendan Gaughn averaged 154.587 mph over two opposite-direction “flying kilometers,” setting a Guinness World Record for the Fastest Production Pickup Truck. The record was set on DaimlerChrysler’s Chelsea Michigan Proving Grounds’ 4.71-mile high-speed oval.
Two Pace Trucks were built that were equipped with Automatic Transmissions, a NASCAR requirement. A total of 50 Replica’s were built to mark the occasion incorporating the Pace Truck design cues to include the Electric Blue paint with White Stripes, embroidered SRT logo on floor mats, Viper Club of America exterior logos and a commemorative dash plaque with serial number. These 50 trucks were equipped with a Manual Transmission. Of those 50, 49 are in this book. The Theory is the first VCA was a repaint, so the build sheet does not show the Electric Blue paint on the Equipment List and with the number of clones throughout the years, some kind of provenance (i.e. Window Sticker and Race paraphernalia would be needed to prove authenticity).
The two Pace Trucks were reportedly returned Auburn Hills Michigan and destroyed.
“The fact that the Ram SRT-10 bears a close resemblance to our NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry is not just a coincidence,” said Dan Knott, Director–Street and Racing Technology (SRT). “The same aerodynamicist who worked on our NASCAR entries handled the aerodynamics for the Ram SRT-10. The challenges posed by racing are the same we experienced with the Ram SRT-10; speeds in excess of 150 mph, cooling for the brakes and engine, and the need to create front and rear downforce.
Viper Truck Registry Books is broken down into a series of Volumes and Books. The approach was developed to allow the individual who wants to know more about their own RAM SRT-10 (aka Viper Truck) to just purchase the book they needed without having to purchase the entire series of the Viper Truck Books.
The Production Year is the Volume and the Books contained within those volumes are the breakouts based on Color and/or Special Edition. Interesting breakouts are separate books like the first 20 Viper Trucks that were built prior to 11/10/2003. There are also books from the 2006 Production Year that were built during the 2005 production year and in some cases are extremely limited. One of those sets included Viper Trucks that were used in the filming of Walker Texas Ranger – Trial by Fire.
We will also identify the 2004 Viper Truck that set the Guinness Record for fastest Truck.
Disclaimer: The Viper Truck Registry Books are in no way affiliated with Chrysler, Dodge, Viper, RAM, SRT or any other company involved in the production of the RAM SRT-10. It is also important to know that each VIN in these books has been verified as real and are associated with a built truck. Early in the Viper Truck History unverified documents were circulated identifying the production of the Viper Truck. Through my 12 years of research, I have found several differences between those documents and what I have found. They include:
2004 Production Year projected, 3057, documented within these books, 2960.
2005 Production Year projected, 4097, documented within these books, 5113.
2006 Production Year projected, 2373, documented within these books, 1972.
This means the projected total for Viper Truck production would be 9,527, as of the writing of these books, I have found 10,045 Viper Trucks. My belief and concern is there may be other Viper Trucks that I was unable to find which makes it possible you may find a Viper Truck sometime in the future that’s not contained in these pages. If you find one, please send the VIN to email@example.com.
Also, apart from Special Editions, RAM SRT-10’s were NOT numbered, the Registry did the best if could with the data available at the time of this printing to provide some sense of the build sequence.
These books are designed to help identify Viper Trucks and the equipment that came on each truck. Because the manufacturer was not involved in these books and the manufacturer never publicized the final production count, I cannot absolutely guarantee these books are complete and accurate, however, I have endeavored to create the most comprehensive accounting of Viper Trucks available. The use of this data is at your own risk.