The Viper will once again roar down the storied Mulsanne straight, as SRT is returning to the famed French race with two identically prepared GTS-R race cars set to compete at Le Mans later this month. Enthusiasts have been waiting a long time for a repeat appearance of the ten-cylinder coupes, which haven't raced since winning the GTS class three times from 1998 to 2000. Ralph Gilles, president and chief executive officer of the SRT brand and motorsports, told Autoweek, "Le Mans is a world stage. The GTS-R has enjoyed great success at Le Mans in the past, and we're excited to start a new chapter of Viper racing at that historic venue."

Understandably, the rules at Le Mans have changed over the past decade and the automaker will be racing a new vehicle. Gary Johnson, SRT racing manager, told the publication, "Our plan is to be as competitive as we can and see what happens at the end."

The new GTS-R shouldn't have trouble running against its competitors in the LM GTE Pro Class, as its chassis has proven itself several times since its American Le Mans Series (ALMS) debut last August. This year alone, the No. 91 Viper has finished in the top five in all three races it has entered. "We're going with the same commitment to do our best," said Johnson.

To learn more about SRT's race efforts, check out its new web series called Beyond the Checkered Flag. We've linked to the first video below.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the car but will always be Dodge to me, it carried that brand for to long all through my childhood to just forget about it overnight.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Viper is just starting out against some very well established teams, but it won't be long before they get their winning act together. Although it may be tough this time around, I do expect a good showing and a possibility of a podium finish. I'm also anxious about Dodge returning to NASCAR next year. I hope there will be an announcement soon about that much anticipated return. MoPar fans won't be happy until a Viper wins LeMans again and a Charger, with it's swoopy new body, wins the Daytona 500 again.
      Patricia1960
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler/Fiat or is it Fiat/Chrysler ?....have got better things to spend money on than race a $30M a year race team in north carolina,.... when they have got this recall too fight on there preemium brand (jeep). Mind you they paid for some nice semi trucks and trailors, for the team....that $30M money would pay for the hard workin retirees pensions they now wanna cut. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/06/15/nhtsa-boss-strickland-weighs-in-on-jeep-recall-fracas/
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patricia1960
        Give me a break. It's $30M in marketing for billions of dollars worth of vehicles. I'd rather this than a few TV ads.
          Tomaz D Hill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          @AngeloD, the corvette ZR1 is a $130,000 sports car....just saying
          Patricia1960
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Billions of dollars of sales ? ? ?...lol....they will be lucky to sell 200 vipers year, and all of them making a loss....to old men who need it as well viagra to get anyone like me to look at them...
          VIPER94
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          FYI (@Patricia), the new SRT Viper got sold out the moment it was out for production. Which, by the way, was more than 200. And getting SRT back in racing is awesome. The Viper holds a legacy out there, and its about time they brought it back.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          If 1960 has anything to do with ur age. No one cares who or what u look at.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Patricia 1960: I take it that the 1960 represents you year of birth, My D.O.B is October 1958, so you can't accuse me of being ageist. We'll see how it goes on me being sexist. Now, don't know or care who you are, but after reading your posts, it is clear that you have an axe to grind. You came in this blog with an agenda, wrong audience. The Viper's design is not 15 years old, not sure if your ignorance about the FACTs is because of your gender, or if you are just plain crazy. Porsche (911) has been "puttering" around in the "same" design for over 50 years, and there will be more 911s in the race than any other Brand/Model car. Sorry that you or maybe your pappy lost your pension, but very few came through the near depression economic state of affairs better off than they were before it happened About your idiotic Viagra comment, as an "older" man, I don't need Viagra to bone up, all I need is stop looking and you and look at your daughter instead. Economics, is why you are more likely to see an older man driving a more EXPENSIVE automobile, has nothing to do with their penis. Only jealous men (can't afford), bitter women who have been discarded feels that way. About your gender, I know quite a few women who are an asset to automotive community, so I won't blame your stupidity on your gender.
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Nobody is going to associate this with Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep or Ram trucks. Nobody has ever heard of SRT. Waste of money since it only advertises SRT. How many people have $100K to drop on a sports cars, and will have the interest to watch this race? Maybe a few thousand in the US?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patricia1960
        [blocked]
        S40Powered
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patricia1960
        Mentally ill? Please stay away from this site and try to find a job.
      VIPER94
      • 1 Year Ago
      The old GTS-R was an incredible machine and took Le Mans by storm, as well as all the other races it competed in. Expecting the the new GTS-R live up to that legacy is a bit of a stretch. I believe the Viper can become what it once was, I just think it will take a bit more time than before to get there. Stoked for this years 24 Hours though, it's great to see Viper back in the game!
      New Digital World
      • 1 Year Ago
      As iconic as ever, the 2013 SRT Viper charges back with the same 10-cylinder power plant.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks really at home on the track. One of the all time great american cars.
      roryn44
      • 1 Year Ago
      Patricia1960 = Go home, youre drunk. Stop wasting everyone's time you troll. probably look like on in real life.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      And 99% of the people watching will have no idea what "SRT" is, let alone associate it with FIAT-Chrysler. Putting all of Dodge's performance vehicles into an obscure division noone has ever heard of is just another dumb idea by Sergio.
        Andrew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        What they should do is try to display some of their cars in front of a large international audience. Maybe they could enter it in some sort of race or something? You know, to get the news out about SRT.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when Team Oreca used to dominate with the Viper. I hope comes back and gives the awesome C7R a good show.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      KUDOs to FIAT for bring back the Viper
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        And to Chrysler for financially underwriting Ferarri......
      8LiterHemiV8
      • 1 Year Ago
      yah!
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good luck beating the the Chevy boys. I doubt they will.
        VIPER94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        They already did at Long Beach. It's only a matter of time before Viper is back on top. The reign of Corvette is about to end.
          Puck
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VIPER94
          While the Viper is a great car, the reign of the Corvette won't end. It's been around for too long. It has a history stretching so far back, you can't replace that with a Viper.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VIPER94
          Yea cause Vette had to drop down a level. Cause no one wanted to compete against Vette in GT1. So now with less power and less everything they actually have to try to win.
          lasertekk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VIPER94
          The near present reign of the Corvettes was say considering they almost raced themselves, and no one else.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VIPER94
          Lasertekk: They didn't just race against themselves, they were so dominant, that all of the competition left the GT1 class.
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