As you may remember, earlier this year MotorTrend put a new SRT Viper up against an old Corvette ZR1 at the Laguna Seca, and the Viper lost. SRT CEO Ralph Gilles was so mad about the result of that race that he ordered his engineers to go back to the workshops and create something to beat the ZR1 fair and square.
This Viper Time Attack is what they’ve come up with.
Even though making this car is kind of like admitting the standard Viper was not good enough to beat the ZR1, but they seem to have done a good job with the TA. This is a street-legal and single-spec track version of the Viper that is lightened, has an ultralow center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world.
The TA has a very sophisticated chassis for a muscle car. The suspension system has been retuned and feature two-mode Bilstein Damptronic. What’s more, they have used high performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires which are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels. The aluminum structural X-brace is replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace. Then there are the high-power Brembo brakes with increased thermal capacity and optimizes heat dissipation.
Visually, the Viper TA comes with an aero package including carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler, and an exclusive Crusher Orange paint job. Interior features include Sabelt racing seats that can also accommodate a 3- or 6-point harness for racing belts, and Crusher Orange accents.
The Power comes from the same 8.4 liter V10 engine as the normal Vipers, developing 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. The SRT Viper Time Attack is limited to 33 units.