SRT releases $460,000 Viper GT3-R race car
By C.C. Weiss
June 25, 2013
First there was the 2013 SRT Viper. That Viper attacked time. Then SRT attacked the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Viper GTS-R. Now it's opening the races up to private teams and drivers with the Viper GT3-R.
The GT3-R offers buyers the opportunity to benefit from SRT's racing experience and know-how. It was developed in cooperation with North Carolina-based Riley Technologies, a designer and manufacturer of race cars ranging from Daytona prototype endurance cars to GT competition cars. The GT3-R employs a chassis, suspension, electronics and aerodynamic components derived directly from the GTS-R being raced this year by SRT Motorsports. The body kit includes a front splitter, fender louvers, an adjustable rear wing and a rear diffuser.
The Viper's 8.4-liter V10 engine is tuned up to 680 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. Other race-day upgrades include an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters, a multi-disc race clutch, six-piston front brake calipers with four-piston rears and lightweight wheels. Inside, the GT3-R has the necessary FIA homologated racing seat with six-point harness and optional air conditioning system.
"Like every Viper race car, the GT3-R is a direct descendant of the SRT Viper street car," says Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group. "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 GT3-R comes out of the factory eligible for a wide variety of races, including international GT3 championships, the United SportsCar Series GT Daytona, Pirelli World Challenge GT class, NARRA and SCCA. Chrysler estimates the price at US$459,000 with deliveries slated for late 2013.
The last Viper GT3 car debuted in 2005 and went on to win two GT3 championships and a World Challenge GT title. That car was based on the GTS-R program dating back to 1996.