The Dodge Viper name returns to the world of motorsport and to the classic red and white racing livery as SRT (Street and Racing Technology) unveiled today the new racing car. Set to make its debut at the upcoming Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen race weekend, June 27-29, at New York’s Watkins Glen International circuit, SRT MotorSport Viper entries include the No. 91 and No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs.
The two vehicles will compete in ‘Viper Red’ and ‘Race White’ in the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.
For those who don’t know, the vehicles feature the classic colors worn by the Dodge Viper entries that took the overall victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2000, a GTS class win in the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans, and American Le Mans Series championships in 1999 and 2000.
Moreover, there is a special 100th anniversary logo on both IMSA TUDOR Vipers.
“We are honoring the racing history of the Dodge Viper by returning to its classic colors as we are in the midst of celebrating the Dodge brand’s 100th anniversary and 100 years of American performance,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of SRT Motorsports and Senior Vice President of Product Design for Chrysler Group LLC. “The new livery not only brings back this classic look but also enables us to continue to connect our Viper racing program to its spirited racing heritage.”
Both Viper GTS-R racers will ride on Michelin GT tires as part of the technical partnership between the companies. Scott Atherton, president and chief executive of the American Le Mans Series, called the return of the SRT Viper to the Series as one of the top announcements for 2012.
Atherton remarked that the return of the SRT Viper to the American Le Mans Series is a significant matter, noting that the Chrysler Group has a long, storied and successful history of participating in the event. He quipped that the return of the Chrysler Group to the Series along with a new production car is the best-case scenario for now, adding that it represents a great way for SRT Viper to “return to racing."
All ALMS teams are taking part in the fourth season of the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge, a prestigious program that objectively ranks participating cars not only in terms of their speed on the racetrack, but also in terms of their environmental footprint and their energy efficiency. Then the United States Department of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International will hand out a separate, season-long award that recognizes the carmaker and its technology contribution to enhancing efficiency while reducing the impacts of racing to the environment.
The scoring system for the program – as formulated by series officials and the US Department of Energy -- is derived from a combination of on-track performance and energy consumption. Interestingly, the LMP and GT teams that would win the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge championship will earn a berth to the 2013 iteration of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.