King of the Track
November 18, 2015
The new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) has taken the performance car world by storm with its proven on-track prowess since being introduced earlier this year. Still, the Dodge/SRT team wanted validation that the new Viper ACR is indisputably the fastest street-legal Viper track car that we have ever built.
Beginning in October 2014, when development was in high gear, the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR started its resetting of the record books by recording never-seen-before lap times at 13 tracks across the country, including world-famous Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway.
“The SCCA has certified that the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR holds more track records than any other production car in the world,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “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.”
The impressive run has all been accomplished in the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR with the Extreme Aero package, which delivers 1,700+ pounds of peak downforce at top speed through a massive adjustable dual-element carbon fiber rear wing, rear carbon fiber diffuser, unique SRT hood with removable louvers, detachable extension for the front splitter and additional dive planes.
Dodge tapped its own SRT vehicle dynamics and development engineer Chris Winkler, aka “The Wolf,” to take the wheel of the ACR and he delivered, setting 11 of the 2016 Viper ACR’s 13 track records. Winkler is an accomplished SCCA champion who has more than 20 years of racing experience. For the past seven years, he has led the dynamic development of the Dodge Viper, putting his extensive talent to work in developing the flagship American-built supercar.
For consistency, at the historic Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Dodge teamed with champion racecar driver Randy Pobst, who owns dozens of Laguna Raceway track records.
The result: Pobst ran the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at Laguna to a new track record of 1:28:65. That record-setting time is 5.27 seconds faster than the previous-generation ACR’s track record at Laguna and 1.24 seconds faster than his previous Laguna track record in the Porsche 918 Spyder (1:28:65 vs 1:29.89). That’s the equivalent of 11 car lengths after just one lap at Laguna Seca.
Laguna Seca – 1:28.65
Road Atlanta – 1:26.5
Waterford Hills – 1:10.89
Nelson Ledges – 1:06.21
Motown Mile – 51.17
GingerMan Raceway – 1:31.91
Pittsburgh International Race Complex – 58.37
Grattan Raceway – 1:22.09
Virginia International Raceway – 2:40.02
Willow Springs Raceway – 1:21.24
MotorSport Ranch – 1:16.98
Buttonwillow Raceway Park – 1:47.70
Inde Motorsports Ranch – 1:33.75
For the new Viper ACR, the team focused its efforts on three areas: aerodynamics, chassis and tires to maximize grip, producing never-seen-before handling capabilities and unprecedented lap times. Better yet, it is also street-legal.
Viper’s exclusive ‘1 of 1’ customization program is available with the ACR, allowing customers to have more than 50 million build combinations to create their one-of-a-kind Snake from the ground up. With 16,000 exterior color options, 48,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims and seven aero packages, three brake packages and four suspension options, Viper customers have the ability to choose a truly one-of-a-kind, hand-built American supercar.
Every Dodge Viper is hand-built in Detroit at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant.