It may not have factory support anymore, but Riley Technologies is adamant that the Viper GTS-R is a winning platform, and aims to prove that much by bringing it back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year.
It's not the first time Ford has participated in the Daytona Prototype class as an engine supplier, but in revealing this new EcoBoost V6-powered Riley Technologies prototype for the new United SportsCar Championship, Ford is making a statement: "We want to show Ford EcoBoost's capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track," says Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing.
SRT's factory-backed racecar, the Viper GTS-R, debuted and raced at Le Mans and in the American Le Mans Series last year, but more recently SRT introduced the Viper GT3-R for private race teams. Ben Keating, who runs the highest Viper-volume dealership in the country, was the first customer to buy one. Keating has assembled quite the team to compete in the United SportsCar Racing (USCR) series, which combines the ALMS and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series into one for the 2014 race season.
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