2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Can't Catch Dodge Viper ACR in Vicious Mid-Ohio Chase

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Viper are as different as modern slabs of America get. Nevertheless, when thrown at each other on a circuit, these two machines can deliver spectacular results.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Viper ACR track battle2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Viper ACR track battle2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Viper ACR track battle2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Viper ACR track battle
This is precisely what takes place in the piece of footage at the bottom of the page, which shows a 2017 ZL1 duking it out with a Viper ACR at Mid-Ohio.

The Camaro serves as the camera car, allowing us to see both drivers throwing the devils into the track's difficult corners.

While the aero-infused grip of the Viper gives it the obvious edge through the corners, the better power-to-weight ratio of the Dodge also allows it to dominate the acceleration bits of the battle. However, the Camaro seems to have a slight edge under braking.

Since we're talking such matters, it's impossible not to mention the Nurburgring lap times of these two slabs of America.

The Camaro ZL1 has already shown us what it can do on the Green Hell, with the result being nothing short of impressive. When gifted with the 1LE package, the ZL1 shows that muscle cars no longer fit the straight-line-only pattern that used to define them. To be more precise, the Chevy managed to get round the Ring in just 7:16.04, thus beating machines such as the 991.1 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

As for the Dodge Viper ACR, things aren't all that simple. While Dodge has never taken the Gen V snake to the Nordschleife, a group of enthusiasts has brought a pair of ACRs to the infamous German circuit last month.

The best result saw a Viper lapping the track in 7:03.04, with pro driver Dominik Farnbacher behind the wheel. However, the aficionados behind the stunt have now returned to the Green Hell, with their aim being to see how far the V10 beast can go in its sub-7m quest.

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