2014 SRT Viper TA gets ready for the race track

Article by Christian A., on March 19, 2013

The new 2014 SRT Viper TA continues with the tradition built by Dodge Viper of a more hardcore version coming out after it has launched a powerful sports coupe. What makes it different from the old Challenger T/As is that the Viper’s suffix doesn’t describe the Trans-Am racing series.

In fact, SRT said that the new suffix refers to “Time Attack,” or the ability to set the best lap time around a course. Its name is appropriate, considering that Dodge/SRT sent the last Viper ACR out to visit famous road courses such as Laguna Seca and the Nurburgring to establish new lap records. With regards to the ACR, the TA is said to be the ACR of the new fifth-generation Viper. It’s a hardcore package that sacrifices comfort just to improve track performance.

All the bizarre options offered on the SRT Viper and Viper GTS can’t be seen on the Viper TA. Consumers get the chance to choose from three colors: white, black, and a new Crusher Orange hue, of which only 33 samples will be made. The TA will offer many amazing options as standard. These include the $4800 Carbon Fiber Aero package, which features a two-way front splitter, and a rear wing that puts in 300 pounds of downforce at 150 mph. The brakes now have bigger Brembo front rotors that are about 5 mm larger and add about two pounds each.

To counteract the weight gain, the vehicle makes use of carbon fiber, rather than aluminum, engine X-brace, with leads to savings of around two pounds. Another half pound is saved by the use of stickers instead of the car’s exterior badges.

In addition, the Viper TA gets bespoke suspension spring rates and anti-roll bar tuning. It uses the adjustable suspension reservoirs from the Viper GTS. However, their two track modes are now “smooth” and “rough.” The car uses the same Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires as a GTS model. It also comes with lighter, matte-painted wheels and a $5100 Exterior Carbon Fiber package that features a cool carbon panel between the taillights.

2014 SRT Viper TA boasts an all-new yet timeless exterior design that joins together evolutionary refinement and contemporary execution. It features a new carbon-fiber hood, decklid, roof, and aluminum door panels, which are a first for the SRT Viper. These elements result to improved high-speed stability, significantly reduced weight, and slippery .364 drag coefficient.

Moreover, the new SRT Viper’s forward-hinged hood bears the redesigned Viper badge, which is aptly called "Stryker" by Viper Club of America, and is positioned in the center. The hood also gives you unobtrusive access to some service points and to the SRT V-10 powerplant.

What’s more, classical low-stance and extreme cab rearward proportions, which became the iconic supercar’s unmistakable silhouette, are making a comeback in the 2013 SRT Viper. Also present is the dramatic fender "gills," which is yet another traditional Viper design element and which aids in extracting heat coming from the engine compartment.

Additionally, the 2013 Viper models offer a modern take on the brand’s traditional "double-bubble" roof configuration, which maximizes headroom while also keeping a low frontal area as well as allows additional space for helmets when on recreational competitive driving mode.

Furthermore, the vehicle has dual-function, bi-xenon projector headlamps that are tightly packaged with white LED daytime running lamps as well as LED turn signals in "snake eye" configuration. It also has functional "blisters" that are incorporated into its 70-millimeter projector headlamp lenses, creating a 3D view that gives it a distinctive glare.

Press Release

2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack)

Configured in-house by the Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) team in collaboration with professional road racers, the exclusive, street-legal and single-spec 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) package is specifically built for the performance enthusiast driver who likes to exercise their machines at the more than 150 road-race courses around North America.

Less than one year since the long-awaited world debut of the new 2013 SRT Viper at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, the 2014 SRT Viper TA is set to make its public debut on the same show floor at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Based on the SRT Viper model - the lightest vehicle in the lineup, the 2014 SRT Viper TA package builds upon the legendary on-track capability of the American hand-built supercar using a majority of pre-developed components straight from the SRT stable, that are combined into a carefully balanced package that extract the most out of the Viper ultralow center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world.

"The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level" said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "We're re-launching some of the fastest production-built cars that people can buy straight from the factory. Our engineers revised the suspension settings to refocus the Viper specifically for track duty, using a blend of components from the GTS and the SRT models, add in the extensively developed aero package and the new Time Attack package is born. We're not only saluting the existing capabilities of our current models, we're also targeting another niche in our customer base with a tremendously capable track machine."

The suspension on the 2014 SRT Viper TA is uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage and to maximize the performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires which are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels. A two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system features firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the current Viper GTS models.

Shock dampers, springs and road racing derived stabilizer bars have been retuned for optimal on-track performance. The standard aluminum structural X-brace is replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace that effectively ties the four corners of the engine compartment together and contributes to the 50-percent increase in torsional rigidity and stiffness across the Viper lineup.

Based on the outstanding performance of the world-class brake system on the 2013 SRT Viper, SRT engineers are working in parallel with Brembo on a system that increases thermal capacity and optimizes heat dissipation providing improved extreme use. The brake calipers on the 2014 SRT Viper TA feature a black anodized finish with the Viper logo shown in Crusher Orange.

The unmistakable exterior of the SRT Viper TA features exclusive Crusher Orange paint with black 2D TA logos behind both front wheels, black Stryker logo on the front fascia and matte black, ultra-lightweight Sidewinder II wheels.

An advanced exterior aerodynamics package includes carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler, while a carbon fiber rear applique accentuates the rear width proportions and adds another level of detail.

Under the hood of the 2014 SRT Viper TA is the handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front V-10 overhead-valve engine. Performance ratings are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque - the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.

Inside, the performance driver-oriented cabin of the 2014 SRT Viper TA uses the same standard premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt, featuring a lightweight fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and passenger seats can also accommodate a 3- or 6-point harness for racing belts.

The standard black interior combination includes unique Crusher Orange accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel (through the cowl), center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.

Curb weight is an estimated 3,348 pounds.

Only 33 units of the 2014 SRT Viper TA in Crusher Orange will be built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, beginning in third quarter 2013.

Topics: dodge, dodge viper, srt

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