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2012 24 Hours of Le Mans – SRT Viper GTS-R

Chrysler’s SRT team has the Viper GTS-R on display here at Le Mans, which we hope is foreshadowing to next year’s race.  First shown at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April, the Viper GTS-R recently performed its first track test at Carolina Motorsports Park.  SRT Motorsports stated that the shake down test was a resounding success and that the car performed better than the team expected.

The SRT Viper GTS-R is scheduled to make its GT class debut during the 2012 American Le Mans season, however the specific race has not been announced.  All we can wish for is a return to the grid at Le Mans for the Viper GTS-R program, and the car on display here is a good indication that the SRT team might be thinking along those same lines.

SRT Viper GTS-R Unveiled; Set for Return to American Le Mans Series

The street legal 2013 SRT® Viper unveiled to the world today at the New York International Auto Show isn’t the only high-performance snake making a triumphant return in 2012.

The purpose-built, non-street legal and competition-ready SRT Viper GTS-R also was revealed as part of the Chrysler Group’s announcement 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 summer.”

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SRT Releases 2013 Viper Teaser

In case you missed it on Facebook last night, here is the 2013 SRT Viper teaser that DriveSRT shared with fans last night around Midnight.  SRT says this is the only glimpse we’ll get of the 2013 SRT Viper before it gets unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show in April.  There isn’t a lot to see here but from the teaser you can tell they’ve definitely tried to keep it true to form.  This is the most anticipated car of the 2012 auto show season here at S:S:L and Byron Hurd will be on the ground to get up close and personal.

Lord Byron — Bad Company

Earlier this week, the Chrysler Communications blog ran a piece that we all knew was coming, but few true enthusiasts wanted to see. The Dodge Viper SRT-10 Final Edition is here. It’s bittersweet, to be sure, the end of the line for the consummate American two-seater. Apologies to the boys and girls down in Bowling Green, but no other vehicle embodies the history of American sports car racing the way the Viper does–the biggest engine in the smallest car with the fewest frills. It’s a legacy that goes back to the days before closed circuits and seat belts.

And for the first time in nearly twenty years, the world will be without it.

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Supercar Saturday Part Two: Taking it to, um, the streets.

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Story by Jack Baruth, photography by Matt Chow and Zerin Dube

Are you a shy person? Do you suffer from social anxiety? Have you ever found yourself searching things like “is CBD oil legal” in an attempt to find something that could help? Are you uncomfortable with being the center of attention in public settings? If the answer to any of the above questions is “Yes”, then we respectfully suggest you avoid the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 convertible, particularly in the eye-searing shade of blue applied to our test car. As a Viper owner, you will be permanently on the American road’s center stage, targeted by dropped jaws, pointed fingers, and comments ranging from the predictable “NIIIICE CARRRRR!” to the rather confusing statement delivered to us at a gas station by a fading flower of a middle-aged Texas woman in a Town Car -“We’re so proud of you.” Who was “we”, and of whom, exactly, were “they” proud, and why? Perhaps she’d spotted the manufacturer tag on the car and thought we were affiliated with the intrepid (no pun intended) folks at Chrysler’s SRT division, or she simply wanted to let us know how happy she was that we’d chosen an American sports car over the evil foreign competition, or she thought your humble author was a famous bearded celebrity – one of the Geico cavemen, perhaps, or even Michael McDonald, touring the country in a six-hundred-horsepower droptop while contemplating which Motown originals would be easiest to mangle into blandness for his next album. We’ll never know. Apparently, mere possession of America’s most cylinder-intense sporting car turns one into a public figure, with all the attendant positives and negatives. Learn from our experience and consider yourself warned. Driving a Viper is not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for the wallflowers among us.

If, however, you are a painfully modest or fearful individual who nonetheless feels compelled to own an SRT-10, there is one potential solution, assuming you have the bucks: buy an Audi R8 and hire somebody to drive it around behind you. In the Audi’s incandescent presence, the big blue Viper becomes well-nigh invisible, just another minnow in the school of freeway fish which clump and cluster in the R8’s wake, camera phones aloft and trembling at The Presence Of The Future Among Us.

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