Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology motorsports team has unveiled a new racing version of the latest SRT Viper.
Developed by Riley Technologies - the same team behind the Viper’s return to the GTE Pro class at this weekend’s Le Man 24 Hours - the SRT Viper GT3-R uses an 8.4-litre V10 developing 680bhp.
The SRT Viper GT3-R will cost customers $459,000 (£297,000), competing against cars such as the Audi R8 LMS, Nissan GT-R Nismo and Porsche 911 GT3 R in the FIA GT3 and United SportsCar Racing GT Daytona classes. Chrysler is currently taking orders for delivery late this year, with testing beginning in August.
While the new car shares its suspension and bodyshell with the Le Mans-spec Viper GTS-R car, its engine is left mechanically unchanged to that of the road-going SRT Viper. The SRT Viper GT3-R also benefits from lightweight wheels, a multi-disc race clutch and an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission. Paddle shifters are preferred to a more traditional stick.
Designed to be robust and relatively inexpensive to run over a season, the GT3-R project was reportedly customer driven, and the car has been designed to closely resemble the road-going SRT Viper.