Vipers strike in special SRT bonus issue of RACER Magazine

Vipers strike in special SRT bonus issue of RACER Magazine

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Vipers strike in special SRT bonus issue of RACER Magazine

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Every generation needs a hero, so they say – but in our opinion, it also needs a front-engined supercar! It’s a format that naturally lends itself to powerful, sexy and timeless shapes. That’s why, for instance, Ferrari’s GTO is still held up as a paragon of automotive art.

We feel that the latest Viper is certainly a triumph of matching voluptuous form with muscle-packed function. If you were to buy one simply to gaze at it, we’d understand – we did plenty of that when a GTS test car first rolled into the RACER parking lot. Thankfully, your typical Viper owner bought it to enjoy it on the move and isn’t afraid to get out there and explore its potential – hence the GTS’s adaptive damping for the track and the Time Attack limited-run version.

Of course, the Viper’s most extreme workout comes courtesy of the folks at SRT Motorsports. They launch into the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a (coil) spring in their step, having won a race and finished third in the American Le Mans Series GT Teams’ Championship in the Viper’s first full season back in sports car racing.

With the best of the ALMS and Grand-Am Rolex Series now under one roof, we’ll see two versions of the SRT Viper in action this year, with factory GTS-Rs fighting for GT Le Mans honors and the new, privateer-friendly GT3-R racing in GT Daytona.

The GTS-Rs will again travel to France to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while other Chrysler Group favorites like the Dodge Charger and Avenger will compete in NHRA drag racing. And SRT’s street model range continues to expand, with new developments of the Challenger, Charger, 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2013 was an exciting year for the SRT brand. In 2014, the stakes get higher.  

-David Malsher
editor@racer.com

 

On tap in the special SRT Bonus Issue:


THAT WINNING FEELING
The final year of the American Le Mans Series was SRT’s first full year back…and it became a race- and pole winner

IN FOCUS: SRT VIPER GTS-R  The amazing bit isn’t what SRT and Riley Technologies did to turn it into a GT racer – it’s what they didn’t have to do…

IN THE MIDNIGHT HEURE  13 years after last taking GT class glory in the world’s biggest  sports car race, Vipers were back at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

REPTILE WITH A REP The heritage of the Viper in sports car racing on both sides of the Atlantic is less than two decades old, but rich in results

UNITED WE STAND…AND DELIVER? Can the Viper GTS-R win a GT Le Mans title in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship? That’s the idea

FANG FARE FOR THE COMMON MAN  The Viper GT3-R is bringing the expertise of SRT and Riley   Technologies to the pro-am field in the GT Daytona class

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS  SRT racer Jonathan Bomarito puts the road-going Viper GTS through its paces around downtown Long Beach (CLICK HERE for video)

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DART LEAP Travis Pastrana and Bryce Menzies race their Dodge Darts on the loose and in the air in the Global Rallycross Championship

THE AVENGER In season two of his return to NHRA Pro Stock, Dodge Avenger racer Jeg Coughlin thought his way to the title

RAND SWIFT AUTO The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT drives like a sports sedan but cossets like a limo, as Tommy Kendall reveals

 

ATTACK THE TRACK! The new SRT Viper Time Attack is for the weekend warrior who wants to unleash the beast on a closed circuit

ATTACK THE TRACK! The new SRT Viper Time Attack is for the weekend warrior who wants to unleash the beast on a closed circuit

CHALLENGER CORE – LESS IS MORE Did you know you can find 470hp Hemi heaven for $40k? That’s the allure of the Core edition of SRT’s Challenger

STREET CARS NAMED DESIRE  A look at Chrysler Group’s performance models

…all this, plus our regular slate of columns and features in the special SRT Bonus Issue, now its making way free to subscribers courtesy of SRT, and also available on newsstands.

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