Spectators at this past weekend's ALMS race at Mid-Ohio made sure to pay special attention to the two Viper GTS-R racers with their video cameras, and Chrysler's cameras were out in full force as well. It was the first race for SRT Motorsport's Team Viper after a lenthy hiatus. Both V10 racers had to run their 8.0-liter engines with an air restrictor because the rest of the class runs with 5.5 liters. The 455-horsepower snakes finished the race in 10th and 12th place overall while gathering valuable data.

Oh, about that "thundering in your ears" that Autoblog Editor-in-chief John Neff mentioned in his race coverage? They've still got it. Big time. Have a watch and a listen of the videos below.

Team Viper and their thundering coupes head to Road America in two weeks.





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      Smooth Motor
      • 2 Years Ago
      IN = Viper in ALMS OUT = Dodge in NASCAR
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smooth Motor
        Hello drop dead gorgeous production based racing Viper in very competitive and relevent motorsport, bye bye cookie cutter spec racer with stickers trying desperately to make it look like an actual Dodge, in well overhyped and over commercialized TV material to aid in the mass consumption of beer and potato chips.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know people complain the street car sounds like a UPS truck, but the racecar sounds great at full wail.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Were the motors overheating from the air restrictor or does that only happen to Mustangs?
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new viper has to be my favorite car under $150k.. Man that thing is amazing looking and sounds pure American .. If the last acr showed anything than this new viper will be a force to reckon with
      VIPER94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well its no doubt the best looking. Soon SRT will get the gist of it and Corvette will finally be put in its place. 3rd.
        dan1malk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VIPER94
        It'll be fun to watch! I will say that the Vettes did get a win their first half-season in the lower class. Lets see if the Vipers car do the same! It's great to see American cars in those top spots!! ;)
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know if it was intended as such, but it's a good idea that SRT took the motto "In order to finish first you must first finish" to heart on their racing debut. I'm sure more kinks would be ironed out (ie the misfires) and maybe if their pace is still substandard, those pencil thin air restrictors could be widened juuust a millimeter or so to bring up horsepower to at least Corvette levels. Apparently, they are limited to 455hp while the Bowtie boys are getting away with closer to an even 500 (I think). I can't wait to see one in Le Mans 2013, as long as it doesn't get caught between a LMP1 and Ferrari GT tango.
        richard gear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        What the hell you talking about.....The Viper already has a 31% cc volume advantage over the other competitors ? ? Viper = 8.0 Liter Corvette = 5.5 Liter. This, as with all types Motorsports it is primarily about efficiency. Weight - Power - Aero - Race Strategy - Tire usage, Smart design, etc. To be competitive Viper needs to be producing 70 - 75 BHP per Liter, to account for the added fiction and weight of the V10, two valve head, and the air restrictors. Roush and Viper corp engine guys don't have a clue how to get there reliably. The whole Idea of ALMS and the ACO is to encourage manufacturers towards energy efficiency by not poring more fuel into the engine. That thinking is so out of date.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      holy ****!!!