Chrysler Considering GT Racing Return With 2013 Dodge Viper

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Dodge Viper race car at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000

Dodge Viper race car at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000

A little over a decade ago Chrysler was dominating the international GT circuit with its first-generation Dodge Viper race car, taking home a hat-trick of GTS-class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1998 to 2000, as well as a win at the 24 Hours of Daytona during the same period. Now, with a brand new 2013 Dodge Viper being readied for launch next year, Chrysler is once again considering a return to GT racing.

The information was revealed by Chrysler's motorsport manager Gary Johnson, who spoke recently with AutoSport.

"We are investigating some things and seeing what is out there, although no decision has been made yet. We have to be very careful about what we do," he said.

Importantly, Chrysler has allegedly already engaged motorsports and engineering firm Riley Technologies, a specialist builder of Daytona Prototype chassis for Grand-Am racing, to evaluate its third-generation Viper, which is set to go on sale towards the end of next year.

If all goes to plan, the new Viper will likely compete in the GTE-class (formerly GT2) alongside the Ferrari 458 Italia, Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911 race cars.

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Comments (2)
  1. DODGE IS SERIOUS! The 2013 Viper looks to be one heck of a sportscar and more than competiotion for Ferrari,BMW and it's natural rival Corvette. Looks like a great product for Viper buyers, an exciting time for Dodge race fans and years of articles for the auto press on a candidate for the title of "Worls Best Sports Car".

  2. The Italian influence: Alfa Romeo; Fiat, and Ferrari will bring nothing but good things to the new 2013 Dodge Viper. Rumors have it that it will be lighter with a multiple-valved engine, and a choice of engines V8, and V10. It will definitely be a good contender to deal with and this message is for Ferrari, Aston Martin Vintage, Audi, R8

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