Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand announced on March 18 that they will debut a very limited edition of the 2014 SRT Viper in Crusher Orange at the New York International Auto Show on March 27 in New York.
The 2014 SRT Viper TA (for Time Attack) is a limited edition racing, yet street legal, Viper road-course-focus vehicle package developed in-house by the SRT team in collaboration with professional road racers for the performance enthusiast who desires to run their machines at more than 150 road-race courses around North America.
It was only a year ago that SRT introduced the new 2013 SRT Viper at the New York Auto Show with the first production vehicles coming off the line at the legendary Conner Avenue Assembly plant in January of 2013.
Now, in response to specific customer demand for a distinctive and tremendously road track capable Viper, the 2014 SRT Viper TA has been created.
The exterior of the SRT Viper TA will be unmistakable, featuring an exclusive Crusher Orange paint with black 2D TA logos behind both front wheels, black Stryker logo on the front fascia and matte black, ultra-lightweight Sidewinder II wheels.
“The new 2014 SRT Viper TA is being engineering 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 – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.
“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. We’re not only saluting the existing capabilities of our current models, we’re also targeting another niche in our customer base with a tremendously capable track machine.”
There will only be 33 of the 2014 SRT Viper TA niche-market editions built.
The 2014 SRT Viper TA is based on the current 2013 SRT Viper model with the suspension on the SRT Viper TA being uniquely tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track performance.
A specially designed two-mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system features firmer levels of damping and a smaller spread between modes than what is found on the current Viper GTS models.
The 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.
Based on the outstanding performance of the world-class brake system on the 2013 SRT Viper, SRT engineers are working in parallel with Brembo on a system that increases thermal capacity and optimizes heat dissipation providing improved extreme use.
The brake calipers on the 2014 SRT Viper TA feature a black anodized finish with the Viper logo shown in Crusher Orange.
The design is complemented by and maximizes the performance of the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires which are mounted on ultra-lightweight, multi-spoke Sidewinder II wheels.
An advanced exterior aerodynamics package to optimize the handling characteristics includes carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler, while a carbon fiber rear applique accentuates the rear width proportions and adds another level of detail.
The power plant of the 2014 SRT Viper TA is the handcrafted, all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front
V-10 overhead-valve engine which is standard in the current 2013 SRT Viper. This engine generates 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world, according to SRT.
With the heavy use of aluminum and aircraft grade composites in the body and frame of the Viper, this baby weighs in at only 3,348 pounds.
The SRT Viper influence continues inside the performance driver-oriented cabin that uses the same standard premium ballistic fabric racing seats from Sabelt, featuring a lightweight fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art resin transfer molding technology for mass reduction and long-term durability. Both driver and passenger seats can also accommodate a 3- or 6-point harness for racing belts.
The standard black interior combination will feature the unique Crusher Orange color in the accent stitching on the cloth seats, instrument panel (through the cowl), center stack, console, pull brake, shifter boot, shifter head, steering wheel and upper doors.
Pricing is not yet available for the 2014 SRT Viper TA.
For reference, the MSRP for the 2013 SRT Viper performance machine is $97,395. For those Viper enthusiasts wanting more amenities and luxury in their Viper, there is the 2013 Viper GTS with an MSRP of $120,395.
With only 33 units going to be built, these will go fast at whatever the price. Delivery will begin in third quarter 2013.