Ready for round two? Friend of Autoblog and Motor Trend personality Jonny Lieberman has helped SRT whip the covers off the new Viper TA (which stands for Time Attack, apparently) by putting professional racecar driver Randy Pobst behind the wheel and pointing him at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with cameras in tow.

What those cameras captured includes plenty of footage of a Crusher Orange SRT Viper TA running amok at The Corkscrew and generally bludgeoning the race track into submission. Updates to the Viper package for TA duty include bigger brakes from Brembo, a Carbon Fiber Aero Package that includes a massive rear wing and a Track Package that boasts better wheels and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Weight savings are found via a new carbon fiber X-brace underhood along with badges that have been replaced with stickers (seriously). Perhaps most importantly, the TA comes equipped with the two-mode remote reservoir shocks seen on the more expensive GTS. While the GTS offers Street and Track modes, the TA goes a step further with Smooth and Rough settings – no Street mode here.

The result? According to Motor Trend, the TA is the fastest Viper it's ever tested, reaching 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds and a quarter-mile ET of 11.3 seconds at 129.3 mph. But is the TA good enough to beat the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the car that beat the Viper the last time MT put them together at Laguna Seca? Scroll down below to find out, and join us in waiting for round three, when Chevy releases the next generation of its Corvette for the track.

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2014 SRT Viper TA – Ready to Attack Any Road Course

Viper TA (Time Attack) spec-package designed for extreme performance in a special road course focused handling package
Only 33 units in special "Crusher Orange" exterior paint color will be available beginning third quarter 2013


March 18, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Configured in-house by the Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) team in collaboration with professional road racers, the exclusive, street-legal and single-spec 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) package is specifically built for the performance enthusiast driver who likes to exercise their machines at the more than 150 road-race courses around North America.

Less than one year since the long-awaited world debut of the new 2013 SRT Viper at the New York International Auto Show, the 2014 SRT Viper TA is set to make its public debut on March 27, 2013 on the same show floor at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Based on the SRT Viper model – the lightest vehicle in the lineup, the 2014 SRT Viper TA package builds upon the legendary on-track capability of the American hand-built supercar using a majority of pre-developed components straight from the SRT stable, that are combined into a carefully balanced package that extract the most out of the Viper ultralow center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world.

"The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level" said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "We're re-launching some of the fastest production-built cars that people can buy straight from the factory. Our engineers revised the suspension settings to refocus the Viper specifically for track duty, using a blend of components from the GTS and the SRT models, add in the extensively developed aero package and the new Time Attack package is born. We're not only saluting the existing capabilities of our current models, we're also targeting another niche in our customer base with a tremendously capable track machine."

The suspension on the 2014 SRT Viper TA is uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage and to maximize the performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires which are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels. A two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system features firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the current Viper GTS models.

Shock dampers, springs and road racing derived stabilizer bars have been retuned for optimal on-track performance. The standard aluminum structural X-brace is replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace that effectively ties the four corners of the engine compartment together and contributes to the 50-percent increase in torsional rigidity and stiffness across the Viper lineup.

Based on the outstanding performance of the world-class brake system on the 2013 SRT Viper, SRT engineers are working in parallel with Brembo on a system that increases thermal capacity and optimizes heat dissipation providing improved extreme use. The brake calipers on the 2014 SRT Viper TA feature a black anodized finish with the Viper logo shown in Crusher Orange.

The unmistakable exterior of the SRT Viper TA features exclusive Crusher Orange paint with black 2D TA logos behind both front wheels, black Stryker logo on the front fascia and matte black, ultra-lightweight Sidewinder II wheels.

An advanced exterior aerodynamics package includes carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler, while a carbon fiber rear applique accentuates the rear width proportions and adds another level of detail.

Under the hood of the 2014 SRT Viper TA is the handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front
V-10 overhead-valve engine. Performance ratings are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world.

Inside, the performance driver-oriented cabin of the 2014 SRT Viper TA uses the same standard premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt, featuring a lightweight fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and passenger seats can also accommodate a 3- or 6-point harness for racing belts.

The standard black interior combination includes unique Crusher Orange accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel (through the cowl), center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.

Curb weight is an estimated 3,348 pounds.

Only 33 units of the 2014 SRT Viper TA in Crusher Orange will be built at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, beginning in third quarter 2013.

About SRT
The Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.

The SRT lineup in the 2013 model year features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are joined by the SRT flagship Viper and Viper GTS models, which are making their highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market.


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      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thumbs-up to them both: SRT, for caring enough to build a track special with real suspension tuning and not just throwing on race tires, and to the Corvette team, for making the 4-year-old (?) ZR1 so capable that it's virtually as fast as this brand new track special!
        Bud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Should never been released with such a half-ass'd package. Someone in development needs to be re-assigned.
      4RR4Y
      • 2 Years Ago
      M3 GTS, LFA Nurburgring Package... now this! Track-edition sports cars look fantastic in orange! Also, the ZR-1 may be old equipment compared to the Viper, but it's still clearly a force to be reckoned with.
      Anthony Williams
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ralph Giles anger = more great cars from srt.
        Bud
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anthony Williams
        A great cars design, should not be determined by the way that the original plant is set up to manufacture the old ones. I read that in an article somewhere from Viper management (misnomer) guys, as to why this vehicle came out as it did.
      Bavarian818
      • 2 Years Ago
      C7 ZR1!!!
      RampantFury
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cant wait to see what happens when the next Z06 comes along!.
      Philly
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cover picture of the story looks like a Tornado is about to form in the background.
      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      competition is a good thing
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm and then there is a new C7 Prototype with two boost gauges in the dash. What are you going to do then Ralph?
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        Maybe attach a turbo or two to that 8.4L crusher, and watch Chevy's pants fill with pee?
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I personally am in the Viper camp, but I have a lot of respect for the Vette too. All in all I love that these two giant slayers are fighting hard and dirty!
      • 2 Years Ago
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        frigk
        • 2 Years Ago
        Actually it's not, in any trim, on any circuit in any universe, Enjoy your fail.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        faster in what regard?
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        Even if it is, I'd still take this over a GT-R without so much as a second thought. I'll take this and all its badassness over the every 13 year old wannabe boy racer's dream car. At the end of the day, I suspect you are wrong. Now, if you are going to make such claims then come back with something to back them up. Otherwise, you're just another idiot troll.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          I think what over9000 means is that if he raced a Viper, he'd crash in 50 feet. If he raced a GTR, he'd crash in 100 feet. Assuming it takes 10 minutes for people to stop laughing at him and help out, the GTR would have travelled further in the same time. Thus faster.
        misterbertram
        • 2 Years Ago
        aaaaand with two turbos. aaaaaand all wheel drive.
          Erik R. Reid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @misterbertram
          Not much less.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @misterbertram
          [blocked]
      rbroadnax92
      • 2 Years Ago
      First comment!
      Jarda
      • 2 Years Ago
      the design already looks dated :(
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