It seems the Dodge marketing folks love a good cross-country trip -- or perhaps two. While the SRT team is busy planning a grassroots tour to show off its latest muscle machines, another group is busy plotting a way to set new lap records from coast to coast with a 2010 Viper ACR.
Dubbed the Viper Record Tour ’11, the trip expounds on Dodge’s previous attempts to have the performance-tuned ACR set production car lap records on legendary courses. Previous runs took place at the Monticello Motor Club, Sebring International Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and -- of course -- the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Sounds cool, but why launch such a tour now, one year after the last Viper rolled off the Connor Avenue assembly line in Detroit? Representatives tell us the tour is a good way to keep Dodge’s halo car in enthusiasts’ minds until an all-new model debuts in late 2012. Hell, it's also a fun way to keep the car in the limelight, at that...
At this stage, there’s still a lot left to be set in stone. No drivers have been publically announced, although a source close to the tour tells us Canadian racer Kumo Wittmer -- the driver who set the production car lap record at Miller Motorsports Park with an ACR -- is expected to behind the wheel at least part of the time.
Also missing at this point is a fully established schedule. We’re told the two remaining Viper Cup races -- at Texas World Speedway and Daytona, respectively-- are “shoe-ins” for record runs, given Dodge already has both the track and the requisite support staff lined up for those events. Another possibility lies with lumping further record attempts with any of the remaining SRT Track Experience programs for the very same reason.
Until we know for sure, enjoy some video of the Viper ACR's previous record-smashing runs...
New Jersey Motorsports Park Lap Record
Sebring Lap Record
Nürburgring Lap Record
Miller Motorsports Park Lap Record