By Patrick Rall
When the 2014 SRT Viper Time Attack was introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show earlier this year, it was expected that the company would only build 33 of these top performing Vipers and all of them would be painted the awesome TA Orange shown here. A report from Allpar indicates that there will be quite a few more than 33 Viper TA models built for the 2014 model year and this track purposed model will be offered in three colors – with white and black joining the original TA Orange.
According to Allpar, Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology brand will actually build 159 examples of the 2014 Viper TA with 93 painted TA Orange, 33 painted white and the final 33 painted black. The base price of the Viper TA is $118,485 so it starts between the “base model” SRT Viper on which it is based and the range topping Viper GTS.
When it arrives next year, the 2014 SRT Viper Time Attack will feature the same 8.4L V10 with 640 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque as the other Viper trimlines but the SRT team has taken some components from the GTS package and added them to the base Viper to create the Viper TA. The Bilstein Damptronic adjustable dual mode suspension system has been added with two different track modes rather than a street mode and a track mode while stiffer suspension components help to make this Viper the best handling of the group. SRT has also added carbon fiber front and rear aero bits to allow the Viper TA to make 7 times more downforce above 150 miles per hour while the bare-ish interior of the base SRT Viper package helps to keep the weight down by avoiding some of the niceties of the GTS package. There is also a carbon fiber chassis brace and lightweight two piece Brembo brake rotors that help bring the curb weight down to a svelte 3,390 pounds.
The 2014 SRT Viper TA has already proven itself in the racing world, taking back the Viper’s lap record title at Laguna Seca from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and with any luck – we will see the Viper TA in action on the German Nürburgring where it will try to take down the Nissan GT-R as the fastest production car to lap the infamous road course.