SRT has unveiled a new racing version of the Viper developed for the FIA GT3 and United SportsCar Racing GT Daytona classes.
The new SRT Viper GT3-R is being developed by the same Riley Technologies team that has masterminded Chrysler's return to the Le Mans 24 Hours this year under the banner of its Street and Racing Technology brand. The car shares its heritage with the GTE-spec Viper GTS-R: it runs the same suspension and body molds but is powered by a standard version of the road-going muscle car's 8.4-liter V10 powerplant.
"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 SRT president and CEO Ralph Gilles. "Like every Viper racecar, 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."
SRT motorsport boss Beth Peretta added: "This project has been spurred on by our customers; the first one is already sold. We believe that the market is there for this car, but we aren't talking about numbers yet. We are still testing the temperatures."
Riley Tech boss Bill Riley revealed that the first car should begin testing in August and that deliveries of customer cars could start as early as the end of this year. He believes that the GT3-R, which will sell for $459,000 will prove popular with customers.
"We are about in the middle compared with other GT3s in terms of the purchase price, but we hope to sell cars on durability and low operating costs," he said. "The engine is so strong and the [Xtrac] gearbox, so simple."
The GT3-R is second Viper to compete in GT3: the Competition Coupe was among the first batch of cars homologated for the category in 2006.