The Incredible Viper ACR Spent A Year Crushing 13 Track Records

Lap Record

That's a crap ton of records to hold.

We’ve gone into extensive detail about why the Dodge Viper ACR is the ultimate street-legal race car. There’s the whole 1,700 pounds of downforce at 177 mph thing. Not to mention the fact that its aluminum 8.4-liter V10 engine (good for 645 horsepower) has the highest amount of torque, 600 lb-ft, of any naturally aspirated sports car around. While we were writing Dodge was out racing and capturing 13 track records in the process. These aren’t unofficial times either. Each record is certified by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

Since the SCCA provided the certs that means all the tracks are American. Sorry, no Nurburgring record times to fight over. Watch Tim Kuniskis—who holds the lengthy title of head of passenger car brands - Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA - North America—explain the motivation behind the record run.

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SRT vehicle dynamics and development engineer Chris Winkler set 11 of the 13 records. He’s not a pro but is also far from a “weekend racer” with 20 years of racing experience under his belt. Dodge kind of fudged the weekend racer angle a bit but records are records. “T. Kendall,” who may be Dodge Viper factory racer Tommy Kendall, set the lap record at MotorSport Ranch. Randy Pobst set the other non-Winkler lap record at Laguna Seca. There the Viper ACR edged out the Porsche 918 Spyder at 1:28:65 vs 1:29.89. Dodge, congratulations on the records and please, please reconsider killing the Viper. Here are the tracks and lap times, with runs happening from November 19, 2014 to October 28 2015. Here are those lap 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.