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BMW Shows Off Its ALMS-Ready Z4 GTE: Video 18
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in American Le Mans Series, Automotive, BMW, BMW Z4 GTE, Kurt, News, racing, video on 02 18th, 2013
BMW Z4 GTE

BMW Z4 GTE

For the past four years, BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has campaigned a specially-prepared BMW M3 in American Le Mans Series (ALMS) competition. During that time, Team RLL has won two manufacturer’s championships, two team championships, one driver’s championship and the Michelin Green-X championship. With success like that, you’d think that Team RLL would stick with a proven platform for the final year of ALMS racing.

BMW, however, has other plans for its racing future. Now that the current M3 is essentially end-of-life, BMW wants to replace it with a current product from its catalog. Enter the BMW Z4 GTE, which will replace the Me at Team RLL for the 2013 season. Neither BMW nor Team RLL will be starting from scratch, however, as the Z4 GTE is based on the race-proven, championship-winning BMW Z4 GT3.

Still, any new race car (new to a series, anyway) needs time to shake out the bugs, and Team RLL is hoping to do so in 2013, ahead of the 2014 ALMS – Grand-Am Series merger. They’ll have plenty of help on-track, as one Z4 GTE will be driven by Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand (or John Edwards, if Hand is fulfilling his obligations to BMW in DTM) and Dirk Muller. A second car will be run by Maxime Martin, with Uwe Alzen and Joerg Mueller stepping in to drive during endurance events.

The 2013 season of the American Le Mans Series kicks off on March 16, with the 12 Hours of Sebring from Sebring, Florida.



2013 SRT Viper GTS-R Finds Its Groove & Return to ALMS at Mid-Ohio 6
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 SRT Viper, 2013 Viper GTS-R, American Le Mans Series, Automotive, Motorsports, SRT, video on 08 6th, 2012

The 2012 American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio jump starts with the all-new SRT Viper GTS-R literally finding its groove with a top 10 finish.

SRT brand CEO and President, Ralph Gilles, was on hand with the SRT team at the Mid-Ohio ALMS race to support Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher piloting the number 91 Forza Motorsports Viper GTS-R to finish 10th place. A second Viper GTS-R, sponsored by Pennzoil Ultra, placed 12th. Both cars ‘performed flawlessly’ as Wittmer put it in the exclusive video below.

Gary Johnson, SRT Motorsports Road Racing Manager said, “Our first goal was to get through the race without any major problems. We accomplished that. In fact, we were making progress throughout the race. The cars were getting better. Today’s race gives us an opportunity to know where the issues are and where we need to focus.”

Racing fans will take pleasure in the Viper returning to ALMS and plainly feeling at home amongst other high-performance race-breed vehicles. SRT Motorsports and Team Viper will now prepare for the upcoming 4 hour Road America race in Wisconsin on August 19th. We all look forward to hearing that distinctive 8.4-liter V10 engine slithering around the track in ALMS races to come.

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The SRT Viper GTS-R Returns To ALMS Competition: Video 16
Jul
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Viper GTS-R, American Le Mans Series, Automotive, Kurt, News, racing, SRT on 07 16th, 2012

The SRT Viper GTS-R tests at Mid-Ohio

Racing is so important to the legacy of the SRT (formerly Dodge) Viper that division head Ralph Gilles introduced the American Le Mans Series GT spec Viper GTS-R concurrently with the road-going Viper at April’s New York Auto Show. While you won’t be able to take delivery of a Viper until late 2012 or early 2013, SRT was clear that it was going racing during the 2012 season, so the only question was, “when?”

Development partner Riley Technologies has made great progress in building and testing the Viper GTS-R, and now comes word that the car will make its competition debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, scheduled for Saturday, August 4. Running in the ALMS GT class, it will be up against the seemingly-unbeatable Corvette C6.R, the BMW M3 GT, the Aston Martin Vantage, the Ferrari F458 Italia, the Lotus Evora and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Driving duties for the two team cars will be shared between Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens and Kuni Wittmer, with IndyCar standout Ryan Hunter-Reay joining the team for endurance events. It’s not clear if the Viper GTS-R will run the four remaining ALMS races following Mid-Ohio, but SRT insists the cars will campaign a full season in 2013.

It will be good to see new Vipers back on the track, and we wish SRT and Riley Technologies all the best for the Viper GTS-R’s racing debut.







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