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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans: Qualifying Report & Preview

24h Le Mans 2013

In recent times, Le Mans has become more of a 24 hour sprint race rather than just a 24 hour endurance race with teams becoming more and more competitive. Every single aspect of the race, from each lap to each pit stop can mean minutes lost or gained at the end of the 24 hours. Celebrating it’s 90th anniversary (81st running) this year, Le Mans has become a sight to behold and for us at least, remains the absolute best motorsport event in the world. We’ve been fortunate to attend the race in person in past years, but even watching it on TV gives us chills. The sounds of the cars doing 200+ on the Mulsanne straight, the lights of the ferris wheel, and the feeling as day turns to night turns to day again. We live for this weekend.

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SRT Announces New Viper GT3-R for GT Competition

The SRT Viper GT3-R is collaboration between Chrysler Group’s

Chryler’s SRT Motorsports chose Circuit de la Sarthe to unveil the newest race version of the Viper, officially named the SRT Viper GT3-R.  The Viper GT3-R has been developed as a direct descendant of the SRT Viper street car with a collaboration between SRT Motorsports and Riley Technologies.  Riley is well known in the sports car racing community for their winning Grand-AM Daytona prototypes, to their successful GT racing endeavors.

The SRT Viper GT3-R builds off the knowledge already gained from the ALMS/GT version of the Viper, the GTS-R and has been equipped with a GT3-spec aero kit. The transmission is an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters and a multi-disc race clutch, six-piston brake calipers up front and four-piston brake calipers in the rear. Power comes from the iconic V10  engine found in every Viper. Power numbers have not been released, but we expect this to vary based on the needs of the race series the Viper GT3-R will be competing in.

Deliveries to customers begin in late 2013, and prices for the SRT Viper GT3-R begin at $459,000.  We’ll take two.

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Flash: First Free Practice for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans Starts @ 9am CST

Just a reminder that the first free practice for the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans starts today at 9am CST through 1pm CST. Follow along at http://www.24h-lemans.com/live/en/ for timing and scoring, or Radiolemans.com for commentary. lemans-tv.com also has some great content from behind the scenes.

As always, we’ll be covering the event live for the full 24 hours and then some. Details on the full schedule to follow