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Press Release) Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Recaptures Lap Record at
Street-legal, Production Supercar
Sets New Mark
Monterey, Calif., Nov
24, 2009 - The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team from Chrysler
Group LLC arrived at Laguna Seca raceway today on a mission – to
recapture the production car lap record at the world-renowned road
course in Monterey, Calif. Mission accomplished.
Chris Winkler, an SRT vehicle dynamics engineer piloted a black and
red 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (American Club Racer) to a lap record
of 1:33.915 as recorded by Motech in-vehicle data recorder (1:33.944
- as unofficially recorded by trackside clock) around the
2.238-mile, 11-turn course, shattering the previous lap record by
more than 1.1 seconds.
“It was definitely exciting but a somewhat uneventful lap overall
from behind the steering wheel,” said Winkler, who is still learning
the intricate details of Laguna Seca raceway, having spent only one
other session on the course. “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
In 2008, professional road racer Randy Pobst, drove a 2008 Dodge
Viper ACR to a one-lap, production car record of 1:35.117 at Laguna
Seca raceway while working with Motor Trend. That record stood until
August 6, 2009 when the most recent record of 1:35.075 was
established by a one-off exotic prototype.
Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand and Senior Vice
President, Product Design Office, Chrysler Group LLC, was impressed
with the Viper’s performance. “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,” Gilles said. “After our record-setting lap at the
Nürburgring circuit, we’re excited to set a second performance
benchmark record at another world-famous road course.”
The Dodge Viper is going into the final year of production for the
current-generation model. Approximately 500 Vipers will be produced
“We’re going to keep Dodge’s performance icon alive and well by not
only producing some of the most special Vipers ever built, but we’re
also investigating what the next-generation Viper is going to be,”
added Gilles. “When we have partners across the ocean who are known
as the best sports carmakers in the world, the future opportunities
2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR
The Dodge Viper ACR
remains the ultimate purpose-built, street-legal track car since its
introduction in 2008.
New for the 2010 model
year is a shorter fifth gear ratio (changing from 0.74 to 0.80) for
improved high-speed acceleration and higher straightaway speeds.
This improvement is a direct result of SRT’s experience at the
12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany where during
the lap-record run in 2008, it was found that a revised gear ratio
would have resulted in a higher speed capability and potentially a
shorter elapsed time.
The Dodge Viper ACR also receives a new short-throw shifter in 2010
for enhanced driver experience and better performance. The rear wing
profile and end plates are redesigned to further optimize the
vehicle aerodynamics and improve rear yaw downforce. These changes
result in an increase in top speed of 4 mph (to 184 mph).
Powered by the venerable 8.4-liter, V-10 engine with 600 horsepower
and 560 lb.-ft. of torque, the Dodge Viper ACR continues to offer
extreme performance, including 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 4
seconds, quarter-mile time in the mid 11-second range and 0-100-0
mph in 11 seconds flat.
The Dodge Viper ACR with optional Hard Core Package is more than 80
lbs. lighter than the production SRT10 and offers race-ready
hardware and competition tuning for optimal on-track performance.
The four-wheel independent suspension features high-performance
aluminum control arms and knuckles, KW suspension with two-way
adjustable competition coil-over shock absorbers with remote
The aerodynamic package features a carbon fiber “fanged” splitter in
front and adjustable carbon-fiber wing with seven-position
stanchions that allow up to an amazing 1,000 lbs. of downforce at
150 mph. Lightweight wheels, two-piece slotted StopTech brake rotors
and Michelin PS Cup tires round out the Dodge Viper ACR package.
The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR will make its worldwide auto show
debut on Dec. 2, 2009 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Dodge is a full line of
cars, SUVs and MPVs that are agile, daring, sensible and inventive.
The product line includes the Dodge Caliber, Dodge Avenger, Dodge
Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge
Nitro and Dodge Viper SRT10.
Dodge introduced two new vehicles last year: the all-new 2009 Dodge
Journey, the brand's first crossover vehicle and the 2009 Dodge
Challenger, a modern-day American muscle car. Dodge also celebrated
the 25th anniversary of the minivan during the 2009 model year. With
more than 65 minivan-firsts introduced since 1983 and more than 12
million Dodge and Chrysler minivans sold, Chrysler Group LLC has
solidified its leadership in the segment. J.D. Power and Associates
further acknowledged this leadership by naming the Dodge Grand
Caravan the Most Dependable Van for 2009. The 2010 Dodge Grand
Caravan continues to set the mark in the minivan segment with
unsurpassed fuel economy of 17 city / 25 highway mpg and
minivan-first innovations including the segment's only Stow 'n Go®
and Swivel 'n Go™ seating and storage systems. The 2010 Dodge
Avenger, with ESC, also earned the 2009 Top Safety Pick rating from
the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Also in 2008, the Dodge Journey entered key volume markets outside
North America, joining the Dodge Avenger, Nitro and Caliber. Dodge
Caliber was the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside
North America in 2008.