Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Reclaims Laguna Seca
“It was definitely exciting but a somewhat uneventful lap overall from behind the steering wheel,” Chris Winkler, the engineer which stood behind the wheel of the SRT10 said. “The Dodge Viper ACR has amazing power and handles like a dream, so following my first practice here last month, I came away pretty confident that we’d be able to set a new record.”
As said, the previous record was held by a prototype, which snatched the record from its previous holder, a 2008 Dodge Viper ACR. Yesterday's feat marks the return of the Viper as the lap record holder on the Laguna Seca.
The ACR version which took to the track is powered by a 8.4l V10 engine, developing 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque and managing to achieve naught to sixty acceleration in under 4 seconds. For the 2010 model year, Dodge added a shorter fifth gear ratio, a new short-throw shifter, and redesigned rear wing profile and end plates.
“I’ve been closely tied to this car my entire career and even after owning one myself for some time, I’m still amazed with what the Dodge Viper can do on and off the race track,” Ralph Gilles, Dodge brand CEO concluded. “After our record-setting lap at the Nurburgring circuit, we’re excited to set a second performance benchmark record at another world-famous road course.”