Chrysler and their Mopar division have a very rich racing heritage. And one of the cars that always served as a true example of the brand’s motorsports heritage has been the Dodge Viper, which has been reborn as the 2013 SRT Viper. But along side the production Viper was a motorsports version, always dubbed the ‘GTS-R.’
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Following the Viper’s rebirth, along with that touch of heritage, Chrysler has announced that the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R will make its first on-track debut on August 4th of this year. Taking place that day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio is the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, which is a three-hour American Le Mans Series endurance race.
“We’re thrilled to return to the world-class competition in the American Le Mans Series with our flagship American supercar,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “The new SRT Viper GTS-R represents a rebirth for us on the race track. It epitomizes the best of what our new SRT performance brand represents and showcases the Viper’s natural affinity for road courses. Now the time has finally come to go head-to-head with the best sports car teams from around the world.”
Competing in the production-based GT class in the series will be two identical SRT Viper GTS-R race cars, which will be competing against a long list of other cars such as the Aston Martin Vantage, the BMW M3 GT, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, the Ferrari F458 Italia, the Lotus Evora, and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The cars must have a minimum weight of 2,745lbs and can only produce 450-500hp, while topping out at 180mph.
– By: Chris Chin