Victorious in its class (GT2; GTS) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1998, 1999 and 2000, the Chrysler Viper will be back in ALMS during the course of this season. This will be a brand new model, showing the lines of the road version that will be marketed next year.
Soon, Corvette will not be the only U.S. manufacturer in the fight against Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari. Starting this summer, two new Chrysler Vipers will join the ranks of the American Le Mans Series at the hands of experienced drivers; Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens Ryan Hunter-Reay and Kuno Wittmer.
The car, which has already had its first test, was designed in partnership with Riley Technologies, seen many times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (Riley & Scott). Although a possible return to La Sarthe has not yet been mentioned, significant results in the ALMS should be enough to set new ambitions for Chrysler, especially since the new road version of the Viper will be launched commercially in 2013.
Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Chrysler SRT group : "Racing has been a significant part of the illustrious history of Viper not only with significant wins on the track, but also in the continued development of the street cars - and our new 2013 SRT Viper models are proof of those lessons learned,"
Scott Atherton, ALMS President: "The Chrysler Group has a long, storied and very successful history of competing with the American Le Mans Series. We would be hard-pressed to come up with a better scenario than having the brand return with the simultaneous introduction of both the new production car and the competition version. What a great way for SRT Viper to come back to racing."
Julien Hergault - Source: Chrysler