Mending a rift in motor racing is good for everybody. It was good for American open-wheel racing when the Champ Car and IndyCar Series put aside their differences to rejoin forces. And it will be good for sports car racing now that the FIA and the ACO are in the same corner.

Just as Indy is set to grow with new manufacturers participating, so is it expected of the new FIA World Endurance Championship. Toyota is one of the major automakers reportedly working on a new LMP1 program, and now reports indicate that the Chrysler Group could be preparing to rejoin endurance racing with a competition version of the upcoming next-generation Viper.

As you may recall, the original Viper bred the GTS-R that claimed overall wins in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and Rolex 24 at Daytona. It also scored back-to-back class wins at Le Mans in 1998, '99 and 2000, Sebring in 2000 and numerous others, including several titles in the FIA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series.

In bringing the next Viper back into the fold, Chrysler would look to challenge the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, BMW M3 GT2 and Ferrari 458 GTC in the GTE category. That last bit would be particularly interesting, as the two companies are now corporate cousins under the Fiat umbrella.

The automaker has reportedly brought Riley Technologies, the chassis manufacturer behind eight years running of Grand Am champions, to evaluate the new Viper for competition potential. We'll be watching to see how this development unfolds.


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      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Halleluuuuuujah!!! The car gods must really love the current generation of car enthusiasts :)) That or the world has gone completely mad. We now have street cars that have to be detuned to go racing. Oh how I wish they would not restrict the 'Vette or the Vipers, turn 'em loose dammit. Hey Aston Martin, you want some of this? If Porsche, Ferrari & BMW can't run with the big boys, create a class for them. I really miss the old days, when the GT1 leaders would get into the mix with the prototypes, now they can't.
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler will challenge Ferrari. It's like inter-office chair racing...
      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, a little conflict there for Fiat trying to give the official nod to either Ferrari or the Viper team. They should never have altered the old GT1 and GT2 categories. That way, Ferrari would have raced in GT2 and the Vipers could have challenged the larger engined Corvettes in GT1.
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RJC
        This is the last year of Corvettes in the FIA GT1
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Viper + GT Racing is always a good thing. I'd love to see a Viper win Le Mans (again) instead of a Vette. Don't get me wrong, the P&M Vettes are nothing short of amazing, but I still always prefer Vipers.
      Cory Stansbury
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's going to be very interesting to see how they're going to neuter the (from everything I've heard) 700 HP Viper engine to produce the 470 which is actually allowed. I mean, for Corvette it wasn't too bad because the small block is made as little as 4.8 liters and they went with 5.5 and some restrictors in the name of flat horsepower during the entire powerband (so it drives like an electric motor.) But with an 8.5 liter Viper, you're going to get a ridiculous power band with flat horsepower from probably 3500 RPM to 6500 RPM.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cory Stansbury
        There's no evidence that the Viper will have the 8.5 liter engine again, and chance's are it won't.
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          No need to be a duchbag...the internet is full of people who say they have inside news yet with no prove, and as far as I know, you are one of them.
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          Talk is talk...can you prove your statements?
          Cory Stansbury
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          It would be difficult for me to find something I care less about than proving myself to you. I am more connected in the Viper community than most and hear things a long time before it would ever show up here. You can believe what I say or you can follow the most recent year old rumor floating around AB and Jalopnik. The choice is your's.
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          Thanks Mike....see Cory, some real info instead of trolling.
      JRupke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The biggest bonus out of all this? We will get to see what might be in store for the consumer version of the next-gen. Viper. Giggity.
      SteveM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Agreed, I would love to see the Vipers back, GTE could become a very exciting series to watch... it already is some of the best racing out there.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler is officially America's most exciting car company. Viper SRT will be the flagship of a multi brand car line of high performance SRT models overseen by MOPAR guru Ralph Gilles. These models include 300SRT, Charger SRT, Challenger SRT and hopefully more. I hope they use the V8 instead of a V10, proving the HEMI would be a good reason to go to LeMans, especially if they're going to put the HEMI in Maserati SUV's.
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Epic Picture . .
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dodge means business. Viper for 2013 should be some heck of a car and should be able to compete with the BMW, Ferrari bunch and should have an exciting rivalry with Corvette. Hiss, Hiss dudes!!!
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