The Viper, in concept and production trim, may have made its debut as a convertible, but when it comes to motorsports competition, it made its mark in coupe form. The first-generation Viper coupe had a number of racing accomplishments, including three consecutive one-two racing finishes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1998 to 2000. That tradition will continue with a formal invitation from the ACO, the sanctioning body for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for two 2013 Viper GTS-Rs to participate in the legendary endurance race in 2013, which will be held on June 22-23. Representatives from the SRT division were on-hand in Paris to accept the invitations at a press conference.
The new Viper GTS-R is already running a full 2013 racing schedule in the American Le Mans Series in the GT class. Helping with the design and building of the race cars is Riley Technologies based in Mooresville, North Carolina. SRT drivers for 2013 will be the aforementioned Marc Goossens, Tommy Kendall, Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher, and Jonathan Bomarito.
The original 1996 Viper GTS-R won five international GT championships, the 1997, 1998 and 1999 FIA GT championships, and an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, in addition to the three Le Mans endurance race wins.