Anyone following the development of the new Dodge Viper SRT for 2013 probably knows that track testing and success has been a huge part of the Viper’s pedigree in the past. With the 2013 Viper this is no different. The super powerful (featuring a 8.4 liter V10 engine that cranks out 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque)and super lightweight (it tips the scales at around 3,300 lbs) sports car was created to go fast. An interesting fact… the Viper has the highest torque rating of any naturally aspirated production engine in the world right now!
Two competition versions of the 2013 Viper SRT showed up to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio along with the SRT racing team this past Sunday. While the primary purpose of this event for the Viper was simply to finish the two-hour, 45-minute race and to collect as much data and insight as possible, the team actually positioned quite well. Both Vipers, still not completely tuned to be competitive, completed the race and were only about two seconds off of a competitive race-pace. With this information, the team should be back soon and even quicker than before. Perhaps the next race, they will shoot for positioning rather than data collection.