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Viper to return to Le Mans

by David Zatz on

The purpose-built, non-street legal and competition-ready SRT Viper GTS-R was revealed today as part of the Chrysler’s announcement that a factory-backed SRT Viper Racing team will return to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2012.

SRT Motorsports has partnered with Riley Technologies, based in Mooresville, N.C., on the design-and-build process of the new SRT Viper GTS-R.

Two identical SRT Viper GTS-Rs will compete in the production-based GT class in the series. Three drivers currently are signed to drive: Kuno Wittmer from Montreal; Dominik Farnbacher, from Ansbach, Germany; and Marc Goossens from Geel, Belgium. Additional driver and team announcements will be forthcoming.

Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series, hails the SRT Viper’s return to the Series as one of 2012’s top announcements.

The Viper has enjoyed a successful racing heritage that began in 1996 with the first Dodge Viper racing entry, the original GTS-R, which earned five international GT championships and the 1997-1999 FIA GT championships. It also posted an amazing overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 – the first for a production-based American car.

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Viper finished one-two at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in GTS class in three consecutive years – 1998–2000 – and also captured GTS class, and driver’s championships in the American Le Mans Series in 1999 along with the Series class, manufacturer’s and driver’s championships in 2000.

The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, introduced in 2003, delivered the next chapter of that history with its coupe-shaped carbon/Kevlar body and a track-ready chassis, based on the Dodge Viper SRT10®. The Viper Competition Coupe continued the on-track prowess by capturing the 2004 SCCA Speed World Challenge GT title, championships in Formula D Drifting series in 2004 and 2006 and the British GT Championship in 2007 and 2008.

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Kuno Wittmer (in photo above) was born Sept. 6, 1982, in Pointe Claire, Canada. In 2000, he became the youngest driver to compete in the Toyota Atlantic Championship when he was just 17 years old. He scored six victories while competing in the SCCA World Challenge GT class in the United States from 2008-2010 and broke the timed single-lap record at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah, in a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR on April 11, 2011. Wittmer ran a record lap of 1:59.995 (91.444 mph average), eclipsing the 2-minute mark for the first time in a production car on the 3.048-mile road course and shattering the previous track record by close to four full seconds. Wittmer has also driven the same Dodge Viper ACR to single-lap production car records at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida; Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan; Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, New York; New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey; Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas, and Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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