Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports team announces the new Viper GT3-R, the latest generation of the successful Viper GTS-R.
"The SRT Viper GT3-R is the next logical progression of our successful Viper GTS-R, a championship-proven formula that has captured some of the world's most prestigious races," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT Brand and Motorsports.
The new Viper race car is a collaboration between Riley Technologies in Mooresville, North Carolina and SRT Motorsports. Riley Technologies specializes in the design, manufacturer and support of winning race cars from Daytona prototype endurance cars to GT competition cars. Their resume includes multiple U.S. endurance championships race wins – including the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for nine consecutive years – and multiple GT Class championships.
"Like every Viper race car, the GT3-R is a direct descendant of the SRT Viper street car. 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,” said Gilles.
The SRT Viper GT3-R is the direct descendent of the high performance GTS-R campaigned by SRT Motorsports in the LM GTE Pro Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Highlighting its numerous victories around the world since the first GTS-R’s introduction in 1996 are two national GT3 championships and a World Challenge GT title. The technology developed by the Chrysler Group for the factory GTS-R for engine, chassis, suspension, electronics and aerodynamics is incorporated into every Viper GT3-R.
A highly-efficient aerodynamic package was installed to optimize handling. An Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters, six-piston front brake calipers with four-piston rears, lightweight wheels and a multi-disc race clutch are some of the other features of the GT3-R.
The order books for the new SRT Viper GT3-R are now open with an estimated price set at $459,000. Deliveries are expected late 2013.