Even SRT boss Ralph Gilles has admitted that the previous Vipers had an “axe-murderer” kind of demeanor but, despite that, the “snake” has had been quite successful in racing, competing against the best production-based rivals in the world and beating them not only in America but across the globe, too.
One of its greatest triumphs has been finishing in the first two places in its class for three years in a row, from 1998 to 2000, in the most prestigious endurance race in the world: the 24 Hours or Le Mans.
2013 is heralding the return of the Viper to La Sarthe, as SRT Motorsports will field two GTS-R racers in the LM GTE Pro class of the race that will take place on June 22-23.
“Racing is truly a part of the illustrious history of Viper and a proving ground for the SRT brand”, commended Gilles. “Historically, the Viper GTS-R has enjoyed great success at Le Mans, so we couldn’t be more excited and proud to accept the challenge to return to France”.
The new racer is based on the 2013 Viper GTS and has been developed by SRT Motorsports in cooperation with Riley Technologies. It made its debut last year in Mid-Ohio, as a part of a four-race test in order for a full-on assault on the GT class of the 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
You can scroll down for an image gallery and videos of the 2013 GTS-R as well as the Viper’s racing history right after the break.
By Andrew Tsaousis