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2016 Dodge Viper ACR Aces 13 Track Records, Thrashes 918 Spyder, P1 on Laguna Seca

When Dodge unveiled the 2016 Viper ACR earlier this year, the carmaker prepared quite an Easter Egg for us. Dodge has thrown its track weapon at many major circuits around the U.S. and now they’ve released the times.
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Without further ado, we are happy to let you know that the once-a-shed-built-supercar has now managed to ace no less than 13 track records, more than any production car in the world.

In the process, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR wiped the Laguna Seca floor with machines such as the Porsche 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1, despite its $122,490 starting price being a joke to owners of such hybrid hypercars.

Even if we compared it to much less alien contraptions, the Viper will never experience the C7 Corvette Z06 heat issues, while it also won’t blow a hole in your bank account like the Lamborghini Huracan.

So yes, the Viper doesn’t need more than its naturally-aspirated 645 hp to kick the rear wing off the world’s most pretentious go-fast machines.

The Laguna Seca time, as well as the other times, have been certified by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Note that the snake was gifted with the optional Extreme Aero Package, which can bring a downforce increase of up to 2,000 lbs.

While most of the records were set by Dodge development driver Chris Winkler, the Laguna Seca episode was handed over to racing driver Randy Pobst. He managed to lower the lap time to 1:28.65, a hefty gap compared to the stopwatch results he got when testing the factory-backed McLaren P1 (1:30.71) and Porsche 918 Spyder (1.29.89) for Motor Trend.

Sure, now we all want to see the new ACR hitting the Nurburgring, especially given the fact that the old one was no stranger to the Nordschleife production car record back in its day (7:12.13).

Now that the Viper has proved its (US) track dominance, an asset that adds to its now lower price and higher output, we’re wondering what all the naysayers that may lead to its demise in 2017 will think.

Until we get a response, you can check out a piece of Dodge Viper ACR Laguna Seca assault in the footage below. You can find the complete list of times in the attached press release.

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