Dodge is rolling out the 2016 Dodge Viper American Club Racer, its fastest street-legal track car in history. Certified for public roads and engineered to wring every last hundredth of a second out of road course lap times, the 8.4-liter V-10 engine, 645 horsepower performance beast combines the latest in aerodynamic, braking and tire technology.
“The Viper has always been more of a street-legal race car than a track-capable streetcar, and the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dodge Brand and SRT Brand, FCA – North America. “Our goal is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car to dominate road courses around the world.”
Dodge says the SRT engineering team that developed the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is well-stocked with members who race their own cars. Plus, the team used what it learned from the factory-based racing Viper GTS-R that competed in the American Le Mans Series and IMSA United SportsCar Championship from 2012-2014, which captured the GTLM class driver and team championships in 2014. For the new Viper ACR, the team focused its efforts on three areas: aerodynamics, chassis and tires to maximize grip, producing never-seen-before handling capabilities and unprecedented lap times.
Along with aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, the ACR gets new Carbon Ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers and high-performance tires. Dodge says they have the largest brake pad area ever on Viper. The brakes work in conjunction with ABS and ESC specifically tuned for ACR to take into account the extra grip provided by the additional aero and specifically designed Kumho tires
There is also an Extreme Aero Package that’s available. It delivers nearly 1 ton of peak downforce at top speed with a massive adjustable dual-element carbon fiber rear wing, rear carbon fiber diffuser, unique SRT hood with removable louvers, detachable extension for the front splitter and additional dive planes. Dodge says the Extreme Aero package produces the highest aerodynamic downforce of any production car. During on-track testing, development engineers hit a top speed of 177 mph.
As for when this baby will be available, Dodge will start producing the hand-built 2016 ACR in Detroit in the third quarter of 2015. Buyers can also make it one-of-a-kind with Dodge’s ‘1 of 1’ Viper Program. It gives drivers 25 million different build combinations to create their one-of-a-kind Snake from the ground up. We’re talking 8,000 exterior color options, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims and seven aero packages, three brake packages and four suspension options.