Video: 2016 Dodge Viper ACR breaks many lap records for a street legal race car
One of the most iconic muscle sports cars of our generation, the Dodge Viper is a famous machine. While much of the publicity has been revolving around Dodge’s Hellcat twins that are mean machines for open roads, the Viper is the same alternative for racing tracks. Currently in its fifth-generation, the new Viper has just spawned the latest ACR.
But there is something very special about this car, it is the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever built. Featuring many aerodynamic body panels and the largest production-spec rear wing (spoiler) that measures almost six feet in width, the new Viper ACR has a total of 645 horsepower.
It must be noted that this is a production car that is meant to be taken to the track once a week. But the company had to prove the car’s prowess at the track. Starting off at Inde Motorsport Ranch in Arizona, behind the wheel was no experienced race car driver, but the company’s engineer only. However, he was still able to beat the track record for a production car with a lap time of 1:33.75.
As a result, the American company decided to take it to another track – Buttonwillow, where the car broke the lap record as well. Taking the Viper ACR to more tracks including the MotorSport Ranch (in Cresson, TX), Big Willow, VIR, Grattan, Pittsburg, GingerMan, the Motown Mile, Nelson Ledges, Waterford Hills, and Road Atlanta. The new Dodge took the lap record in each of them.
The 13th track was the famous Laguna Seca, where Randy Pobst set a lap time of 1:28.65 in the Viper ACR, which is 5.27 seconds faster than the previous generation ACR and 1.24 seconds faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder. If you don’t believe the company, then let me tell you that all the records have been certified by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). What this shows is that the Viper ACR is one hell of a race car that one can drive out on the streets.
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