The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR now holds more track records than any other production car on the planet, reminding the world that American cars can actually go around corners.
The souped-up version of the fifth-generation Dodge Viper managed to set 13 track records across America, including a lap time at the legendary Laguna Seca that bettered the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.
In fact, it beat the million quid Porsche by 1.24 seconds and the original ACR by 5.27 seconds, with Randy Probst at the wheel. The end lap time was 1:28.65. It is worth noting Probst was at the wheel of the 918 when it set the original record.
Chris “The Wolf” Wrinkler was at the wheel for 11 of the records, including the fastest ever time at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway (1:31.91) and the Willow Springs Raceway in California (1:21.24).
Dodge fitted the road-legal Viper ACR with the Extreme Aero Package, which includes a 6ft-wide adjustable rear spoiler that generates more downforce than any other production car (in excess of 770kg), front splitter, carbon fibre rear diffuser and dive planes.
Let’s not forget the main attraction, the Viper ACR’s astonishingly brutal 645hp 8.4-litre V10, which makes up for its abysmal fuel economy with brute force.
Just to ensure the non-believers are kept at bay, the 13 track records have been officially recognised by the Sports Car Club of America (SCAA).
Fiat Chrysler North America bigwig Tim Kuniskis said: “The SCCA has certified that the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR holds more track records than any other production car in the world. 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.”
No doubt Dodge will be keen to show up the hypercar crowd at the Nurburgring, but it will have to wait until next year when the speed limit implemented earlier in 2015 is lifted. The old ACR managed 7:12 so expect that to be obliterated.
Watch the video below for a taste of that marvelous V10 in action.
2016 Dodge Viper ACR video and track records
Laguna Seca – 1:28.65
Road Atlanta – 1:26.54
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