Chrysler has revealed its new V10 powered SRT Viper GT3-R. The latest generation of the Viper GTS-R has been designed and developed by Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports team. The similarities between the SRT Viper street car and the non-street legal GT3-R are deliberate.
And according to Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports, the Viper GT3-R is a culmination of nearly two decades of racing development: “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,” he said.
“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.”
The new SRT Viper GT3-R is a collaboration led by Riley Technologies in Mooresville, N.C. with SRT Motorsports. Riley Technologies specialises in the design, manufacturer and support of race cars, ranging 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.
The new SRT Viper GT3-R is the direct descendent of the 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).
The chassis has been equipped with an aerodynamic package to optimise handling. Other features include 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 for maximum performance from the V10 engine.
The Viper car’s legacy began in December 1991 when the first production Viper rolled off Detroit’s New Mack Avenue assembly line. In 1996, the Viper GTS coupe made its debut as did the Viper GTS-R race car.
In 1996 came the Viper GTS coupe. And in 1996 the Viper GTS-R race car made its debut. Viper GTS-Rs would go on to post three consecutive 1-2 class finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, win overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona, five FIA titles and 16 national GT championships.
Highlighting its numerous victories around the world are two national GT3 championships and a World Challenge GT title.