First production 2013 SRT Viper auctioned for $300,000

(June 29, 2012) — The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will receive $300,000 from auction proceeds of the first production-model 2013 SRT Viper GTS, following the Barrett-Jackson Orange County (Calif.) event last weekend.

To support children and families dealing with the challenges of pediatric cancer, Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand teamed with The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the American Le Mans Series, by auctioning the world-class supercar.

The flagship performance machine of SRT returns with more power and performance from its all-aluminum, mid-engine 8.4-liter V-10 that delivers an estimated 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, to go along with superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts. Production of the 2013 SRT Viper begins later this year at the historic home of the Viper – Detroit’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant.

“What an exciting and momentous occasion for the Austin Hatcher Foundation and the SRT brand,” said Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of attention since showing the all-new SRT Viper to the world just three months ago in New York; and now being able to use some of that interest in our flagship supercar to generate support for this deserving charity is simply outstanding.”

Joining Paretta on the auction stage were Mark Trostle, Head of Design – SRT Brand, Chrysler Group LLC; Dr. Jim Osborn, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Austin Hatcher Foundation and Scott Atherton, President and CEO, American Le Mans Series. The auction was broadcast live on SPEED.

“We’re extremely grateful to team with SRT and Barrett-Jackson on this auction effort,” said Jim Osborn, co-founder and chairman of the board at the Austin Hatcher Foundation. “The monies raised here will allow us to continue developing and funding services that empower families to live happy, meaningful and successful lives as pediatric cancer survivors.”

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer, as well as their families, in association with Pediatric Oncology centers and through the Foundation’s cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of supporters.