Dodge has been touting its Viper ACR as the ultimate track-ready street car, but can now back up that claim with the fact that the car has several track records around the country.
The Viper ACR (which stands for American Club Racer) is the most extreme model of the Viper, boasting incredible aerodynamics, top-of-the-line handling and a massive 645-hp V10 engine under that long hood. Dodge and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has certified that the Viper holds lap records at 13 road courses, including world-famous Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway.
“The SCCA also certified that the Viper ACR holds more track records than any other production car in the world,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA Head of Passenger Car Brands. “We expected our new Viper ACR to be the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever. Now we know without a doubt that it is.”
Most of these track records are accomplished with Viper ACR models that featured the Extreme Aero package. With over 1,700 pounds of peak downforce thanks to its adjustable carbon fiber rear wing, rear carbon fiber diffuser, unique SRT hood with removable louvers, detachable extension for the front splitter and additional dive planes.
Also helping to set those impressive lap times is the Viper team’s own development engineer Chris Winkler, who has over 20 years of SCCA racing experience, and seasoned racing veteran Randy Pobst who helped set the lap time at Laguna Seca.
For 2016, the Viper ACR gets new Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes that have the largest brake pad area ever on Viper. The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is also fitted with Kumho Ecsta V720 high-performance tires that are designed specifically for the car with unique tread pattern and compounds for front and rear.
“This car is not a 1-3 lap track special. You can run the car at the track all day, and the performance doesn’t fall off,” added Kuniskis. Well with all those track records, Dodge really proved the point.