The Viper was still the affordable supercar for real people! A lot of racing chops, including several Lemans. Had all of the high tech features of any other car, except amateur driver ABS. Built far more of them, than anything even close, until the C8.
A private group did, because Ford just made this as a limited production road car with no intention to keep it around like Chevy does with the Corvette. You don't campaign a car you're gonna stop selling after two years.