The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will receive $300,000 from auction proceeds of the first production-model 2013 SRT Viper GTS, following the recent Barrett-Jackson Orange County, Calif. event.
To support children and families dealing with the challenges of pediatric cancer, Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand teamed with The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the American Le Mans Series, by auctioning the world-class supercar.
The flagship performance machine of SRT returns with more power and performance from its all-aluminum, mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 that delivers an estimated 640 hp and 600 foot-pounds of torque, to go along with superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts.
Production of the 2013 SRT Viper begins later this year at the historic home of the Viper-Detroit’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, according to a press release.
“What an exciting and momentous occasion for the Austin Hatcher Foundation and the SRT brand,” said Beth Paretta, director of marketing and operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of attention since showing the all-new SRT Viper to the world just three months ago in New York; and now being able to use some of that interest in our flagship supercar to generate support for this deserving charity is simply outstanding.”
Joining Paretta on the auction stage were Mark Trostle, head of design – SRT Brand, Chrysler Group LLC; Dr. Jim Osborn, co-founder and chairman of the board of directors, Austin Hatcher Foundation; and Scott Atherton, president and CEO, American Le Mans Series. The auction was broadcast live on SPEED.
“We’re extremely grateful to team with SRT and Barrett-Jackson on this auction effort,” said Osborn. “The monies raised here will allow us to continue developing and funding services that empower families to live happy, meaningful and successful lives as pediatric cancer survivors.”