"V" is for Viper, and for victory.
With the Dodge Viper being due up for potential retirement in 2017, the team behind America's most brutal mainstream performance car decided that a victory lap is in order.
But sometimes folks forget that "ACR" stands for something, and that something is "American Club Racing." So, Team Viper partnered up with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) to demonstrate just how well their can handle America's racing venues.
The result? 13 official track records, including world-renowned venues such as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and VIR. Other circuits, such as GingerMan, Pitt Race, Grattan, Willow Springs, and Buttonwillow are well-known to American track day and club racing enthusiasts.
11 of the 13 records were set by Viper's own development engineer, Chris Winkler. The other two--Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and MotorSport Ranch were set, respectively, by Randy Pobst and a mysterious individual who goes only by "T. Kendall." One wonders.
The ACR's credentials are no joke. It makes no more horsepower than a "regular" Viper (as if there's such a thing), but it is equipped with track-ready Kumho tires, carbon ceramic brakes and a whole host of dedicated performance suspension and aerodynamic upgrades.
"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," said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands for FCA in North America, in the announcement.
Check out the video below for some footage of the Viper running roughshod over some of America's prime racing facilities.