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2016 Dodge Viper ACR Shatters 13 Production-Car Lap Records

The car for when you absolutely, positively have to be the fastest.

The Dodge Viper may not be with us much longer, but it seems America’s hand-built supercar is going out with quite the bang. Dodge has tested a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at a long list of race tracks around the U.S., where it absolutely decimated 13 official SCCA production-car track records.

To create the ACR track weapon, Dodge dumped a bucket of go-fast chassis and aerodynamic bits on the Viper. Six-piston carbon ceramic brakes slough off the prodigious speed provided by the 8.4-liter V-10, which pushes out 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Extremely sticky Kumho tires might as well have an R-compound rating, pairing well with the upgraded adjustable suspension. An extreme aerodynamic package produces 1,101 lb of downforce at 150 mph, and 1,533 pounds of downforce at the ACR’s top speed of 177 mph.

With these mil-spec upgrades, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR set lap records at 13 individual tracks. The tracks included institutions like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta, where the Viper ACR’s fastest lap time dethroned hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder. The ACR also conquered a number of our favorite local Michigan tracks, including GingerMan and Grattan Raceway.

The ACR isn’t a beginner’s tool, so Dodge enlisted the help of SCCA champion and Viper veteran Chris Winkler to smash the records on eleven of the thirteen tracks. Motor Trend hot shoe and pro racer Randy Pobst set the Laguna Seca lap, and pro racer Tommy Kendall cracked the record at Texas MotorSport Ranch.

For a full list of the ACR’s lap records, take a look at the table below. You can also watch in-car footage of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR setting these records on Dodge’s YouTube channel.

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  • Laguna Seca 01:28.65
  • Road Atlanta 01:26.54
  • Waterford Hills (MI) 01:10.89
  • Nelson Ledges (OH) 01:06.21
  • Motown Mile (MI) 00:51.17
  • GingerMan Raceway (MI) 01:31.91
  • Pittsburgh International Race Complex 00:58.37
  • Grattan Raceway (MI) 01:22.09
  • Virginia International Raceway 02:40.02
  • Willow Springs Raceway (CA) 01:21.24
  • Texas MotorSport Ranch 01:16.98
  • Buttonwillow Raceway Park (CA) 01:47.70
  • Inde Motorsports Ranch (AZ) 01:33.75

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