A pair of SRT Viper GTS-Rs are set to compete in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in the LM GTE Pro class.
The last time a Viper took part in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race was back in 2000. Since then, many things have changed at Chrysler, and for a time it seemed as if motorsports would no longer be a part of its future. With the creation of its SRT division, Chrysler, now under Fiat ownership, has made clear its intent to get back in the game. With an identical pair of its new SRT Viper GTS-Rs on hand, the automaker is set to mark its return to Le Mans this June in the LM GTE Pro class.
According to SRT chief Ralph Gilles, "Racing is a cornerstone of Viper’s illustrious history... and 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." For those who recall, the old Dodge Viper previously took part in Le Mans, finishing one-two in the GTS class for three consecutive years from 1998-2000. The new SRT Viper GTS-R has already proven its worth on the track at the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in four races last year and will take part in the entire 2013 season as well.
For an automaker that was on the brink of collapse just a few short years ago and has since managed to develop its SRT motorsports division along with launching the new Viper itself, this Le Mans return is certainly quite an accomplishment. Get ready to see the pair of Viper GTS-Rs in action this June 22-23 at Circuit de la Sarthe.