Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show at the end of March, the 2014 SRT Viper Time Attack (TA) was configured in-house by the Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology team in collaboration with professional road racers.
Based on the SRT Viper model, the Viper TA builds upon the on-track capability of the American hand-built supercar. It exhibits the Viper’s ultralow center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world, according to a Chrysler press release.
The 2014 SRT Viper TA has an all-aluminum, 8.4-liter V-10 overhead-valve engine with performance ratings of 640 horsepower and 600 foot-pounds of torque, the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car in the world, the release noted.
“The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineered for the dedicated track enthusiast, who still wants to drive to the track and take their hobby to the next level” said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of SRT brand and motorsports for Chrysler. “We’re re-launching some of the fastest production-built cars that people can buy straight from the factory. Our engineers revised the suspension settings to refocus the Viper specifically for track duty, using a blend of components from the GTS and the SRT models. Add in the extensively developed aero package and the new Time Attack package is born.”
The suspension of the vehicle has been uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage and to maximize the performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires mounted on multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels. The two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system features firmer levels of dampening and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the current Viper GTS model.
Shock dampers, springs and road racing-derived stabilizer bars have been retuned for optimal on-track performance. The standard aluminum structural X-brace is replaced with a lighter carbon fiber brace that effectively ties the four corners of the engine compartment together and contributes to the 50-percent increase in torsional rigidity and stiffness across the Viper lineup.
Carbon fiber front splitters and a rear spoiler add aerodynamics to the vehicle, while a carbon fiber rear applique accentuates the rear width proportions and adds another level of detail.
The exterior of the SRT Viper TA feature exclusive Crusher Orange paint, and the standard black interior combination has Crusher Orange-accented stitching. The performance driver-oriented cabin of the 2014 SRT Viper TA uses the same standard premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt, which feature a lightweight fiberglass shell created by resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and passenger seats can also accommodate a three- or six-point harness for racing belts.
Only 33 SRT Viper TAs in Crusher Orange will be built in the third quarter of this year.