The SEMA show in Las Vegas may be dominating the automotive headlines this week, but it’s the latest press release about the Viper ACR that caught our eye. As it turns out, the newest track monster from Dodge has secured some production car track records recently – thirteen of them, actually. Not only does that make the new ACR the fastest factory-built Viper ever produced, it also means that the 2016 Viper ACR holds more production car lap records than any other car in the world.
Let that sink in for moment. Those lap records include Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where Motor Trend recently put a Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 head to head, with the 918 posting a new lap record and besting the million-dollar P1. And both cars are slower than the Viper ACR around Laguna Seca, despite each having several hundred more horsepower. Specifically at the famed race track in Monterey, California, Dodge teamed with champion racecar driver Randy Pobst, who owns dozens of Laguna Raceway track records (among them the record set in the Porsche 918), to establish the ACR’s fast lap.
What’s even more remarkable is that Dodge chose not put a professional race driver at the helm of the Viper ACR to achieve the rest of the production lap record times it set across the country. Instead, SRT vehicle dynamics and development engineer Chris Winkler was put to the task.
“The SCCA has certified that the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR holds more track records than any other production car in the world,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA North America head. “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.”
There’s rumors that the Viper may not be long for this world, and if they prove true, to call it a shame is a massive understatement. But if you’re going to go out, you might as well go out on the top – the 2016 Viper ACR is now the undisputed track record king.