April 6, 2012 11:35 PM
Fans of high-performance vehicles got two for the price of one at
the New York International Auto Show Wednesday, as Chrysler
Group’s SRT® brand unveiled the purpose-built, non-street
legal and competition-ready SRT Viper GTS-R along with the planned
reveal of the street legal 2013 SRT Viper.
And, if that wasn’t enough, Chrysler Group also announced
that a factory-backed SRT Viper Racing team will return to the
American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2012.
"Racing has been a significant part of the illustrious history of
Viper not only with wins on the track, but also in the continued
development of the street cars – and our new 2013 SRT Viper
models are proof of those lessons learned," said Ralph Gilles,
President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and
Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "Now with our new team and the
launch of the GTS-R, we're excited and proud to begin writing more
chapters in the racing history of the Viper later this
Gilles and his team managed to keep the announcement and
introduction of the SRT Viper GTS-R under wraps until the reveal,
no small task in the competitive automotive community.
Gilles says the plan is to have two identical SRT Viper GTS-Rs
competing in the production-based GT class in the ALMS
"I don't think it's possible to overstate the significance of the
SRT Viper returning to the top level of professional sports car
racing," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le
Mans Series. “The fact that they're coming back concurrently
with the introduction of the new production car and doing it
simultaneously, we would be hard-pressed to come up with a
better-case scenario. What a great way for SRT Viper to come back
Atherton hails the SRT Viper's return to the Series as one of
2012's top motorsports announcements.