SRT Viper TA Calls Out ZR1

By | March 18, 2013

SRT Viper TA

Last week we brought you news regarding the possible reasons for the missing SRT Viper ACR.  This week we bring you more Viper related news but of a different flavor.

The last Viper ACR holds several track records for a production car around the world.  The laundry list of ACR records have been whittled away as the Corvette ZR1 and its super sticky Michelin Sport Cup slicks terrorize tracks world wide.  There is nothing better than a good old fashioned grudge match between rival super cars.  The Dodge Viper was always a brute.  A car that touted massive power, tires, brakes and coincidentally horrific results if not treated with respect.

Some criticize the new SRT Viper for being too soft with the introduction of traction control and other electronic nannies.  Let’s be honest.  The Viper is still a brute and not one to be intimidated by the likes of even the mightiest of Corvettes.  The Corvette ZR1 recently massacred the SRT Viper GTS’s lap time at Laguna Seca to set a track record for a production car of 1.33.70.  The Viper was a full three seconds slower, granted it was a pre-production model.

Enter the SRT Viper TA.  A gaudy orange beast that now holds the new Laguna Seca record for a production car.  What’s impressive about this particular Viper is that it edged the ZR1′s best time at 1.33.62 and it did it without added power and more impressively, without sticky slicks.  The TA hefts the same 8.4-liter 640 horsepower and 600 Ib-ft of torque V-10 as the rest of the Viper livery.  What’s different about this slippery snake is mostly suspension related.

For those that say the Viper has become too soft, the TA is certainly not so.  Worried about electronic nannies?  How about a track only suspension as compensation.  The Viper TA comes with electronically adjustable suspension with two modes.  Smooth and rough.  That is to say it’s built for smooth tracks and rough tracks… not city streets.  What’s truly impressive is that the viper was able to slash three seconds off of its lap time by mere suspension tuning and a few minor structural adjustments.  What will the TA do with slicks?  Seconds would be cut for sure.  A better question is what will the ZR1 do in response to this legitimate threat?  Let the slug fest begin.

Source: Motor Trend


3 Comments

Chad Waite on March 19, 2013 at 9:37 am.

You know, the Viper has a lot of room for higher-performance variants down the road whereas the ZR1 really represents the zenith of the Corvette line. I think you give the Viper a couple years, get an ACR version out and tested and it will be able to keep up with any ZR1 response to this.

Chance Hales on March 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm.

It is also a hot bed for tuners. Enter John Hennessey! He already has a 1000+ hp version in the works

Matthew on March 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm.

Definitely. The only problem is that Fiat is getting pressure from Ferrari. They don’t want the Viper to outperform the F12 and they already have the same power-to-weight ratio. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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