Time to take the checkered flag.
The racing success of the Dodge Viper since 1996 has been very impressive with teams achieving three consecutive 1-2 class finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, numerous FIA titles, GT championships, and other victories. Now, SRT is looking to return to the podium with the Viper GTS-R in ALMS, and a new Viper GT3-R for customers looking to compete in international GT racing series.
SRT is bringing its bite back to GT racing with a new Viper GT3-R that was developed by SRT Motorsports in collaboration with Riley Technologies; a company that has an extensive resume that includes building cars that have won numerous U.S. endurance, GT championships, and nine consecutive Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona wins.
The SRT Motorsports team have taken two decades of racing experience and poured it all into the new Viper GT3-R, to create a racecar that is capable of taking the checkered flag.
“The SRT Viper GT3-R is the next logical progression of our successful Viper GTS-R, a championship-proven formula that has captured some of the world’s most prestigious races,” said President and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC., Ralph Gilles. “Like every Viper race car, the GT3-R is a direct descendant of the SRT Viper street car. There is no mistaking the similarities between the two which is a key component of this class of sports car racing. The GT3-R stays true to the visceral appeal of the Viper and has been carefully evolved for the demands of racing at a world class level.”
The new track snake is heavily based on its more venomous cousin, the GTS-R that’s being raced in the American Le Mans Series in the LM GTE Pro Class. All of the chassis, engine, suspension, body, aerodynamics, and more was taken from the GTS-R and fused into the Viper GT3-R. The new racecar features an aerodynamic body designed for downforce and cooling, a six-speed X-trac sequential transmission with paddle shifters, six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers, a multi-disc race clutch, and lightweight wheels, coupled with a bare-bones interior stripped out for performance. An 8.4-liter V-10 spits out about 680 bhp (507 kW) and 640 lb-ft (868 Nm) of torque, making the 2855-lb. Viper GT3-R a missile on the racetrack.
Customers with a big checkbook and a race team will be able to purchase the SRT Viper GT3-R for approximately $459,000 with deliveries in late 2013 to give teams time to prepare and fine-tune their vehicles for the 2014 racing season.
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