2013 SRT Viper GTS-R makes an admirable debut at the American Le Mans Series

Article by Christian A., on August 8, 2012

The first time that the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R participated in the American Le Mans Series’ GT class was quite admirable. These two cars didn’t just complete the race at Mid-Ohio. The #91 car, which was driven by Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher, placed No. 10 in its class. Gary Johnson, Chrysler SRT’s road racing manager, believes that having the Viper GTS-R cars finish is already an achievement.

At Chrysler’s media blog, Johnson said that it had accomplished its first goal to finish the race without any major problems. He added that the cars improved and made significant progress throughout the race. He said that the race enabled them to find out the issues and where to focus. It can’t be denied that both Vipers finished behind many of their GT-class rivals like the Pratt & Miller Chevrolet Corvette C6Rs by two seconds.

But what makes this impressive is that it’s the first outing for the SRT’s race program that was basically built in shorter than six months. It’s also notable that the #91 car experienced some teething issues in practice sessions earlier in the week.

Torque News said that the #91 Viper had an engine sputter at the first practice round on Saturday, prompting it to leave both the second practice round and the qualifying session. Because of this, Wittmer and Farnbacher had to begin at the back of the 32-car field, a six-spot decline from the second-to-last GT class entrant. Marc Goosens and Tommy Kendall had driven the #93 Viper to earn a 10th-in-class starting position with a lap time of 1:22:158.

The SRT Viper model offers the perfect combination of extreme performance and the deliberate preservation of the Viper’s iconic DNA. Chrysler’s SRT brand strives to create a supercar that brings you as close to the machine as possible.

Speaking of the Viper’s DNA, the 2013 Viper GTS builds on this with solutions that are more technologically advanced, such as its two-mode active suspension, so as to find new limits when on the track. And the GTS does this while it also opens up its envelope as an even more mature and more premium evolution of the extreme performance yet classic formula.

Viper GTS was designed and was built with premium materials and features both inside and out. It will be competing with the world’s best performance vehicles with a broad range of creature comforts, interior technologies, and advanced drivetrain.

According to Ralph Victor Gilles, President & CEO of Chrysler-SRT and Senior VP of Design at Chrysler, they have purposely evolved the raw performance formula and iconic soul that Viper maintained over the years. He said that their returning customers are going to see the world-class level of quality, pride, and hand craftsmanship that was built into the 2013 SRT Viper.

There are two price classes for the SRT Viper and the SRT Viper GTS, and the company has offerings for traditional core SRT Viper customers as well as for new ones who are looking for the same kind of performance in a package that has more premium creature comforts and more technology.

At the 2013 SRP Viper’s heart and soul is the hand-assembled all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 overhead-valve engine. Other improvements for the new Viper include a new, lightweight and ultra-high flow composite intake manifold, sodium-filled exhaust valves, high-strength forged pistons, new catalysts to lessen back pressure, and aluminum flywheel that lessens reciprocating losses. Additionally, more than 25 lbs have been taken off from its fully dressed engine.

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