This is Dodge's newly unveiled turnkey racer, the Viper SRT10 ACR-X, which will go into production this spring and will be priced from US$110,000. The ACR-X is based on the Viper ACR and is a track-only racecar designed to compete in the Viper Racing League, the Sports Car Club of America, and the National Auto Sport Association.
Powering it is an 8.4-liter V10 engine that produces 640 horsepower (40 hp more than the standard model).
Dodge made modifications that include a specially-tuned sports suspension, a 160-pound weight reduction (compared to the standard production Viper), improved aerodynamics (for increased downforce), and a complete safety package (with a roll cage, fuel cell and race seat).
Of course, a powerful car like this should be tested. At Laguna Seca, the Viper ACR-X averaged a time of 1:31.00. This record beats the record set by the street-legal Viper ACR of 1:33.944 last November.
Dodge's President and CEO, Ralph Gilles, said that with this model, the performance attributes of Viper are taken to an even higher level for a wide range of drivers starting with the grassroots racer all the way up to the professional.
What keeps the Viper racing tradition going strong is said to be the combination of the years of expertise from its SRT team and the passion and dedication of Viper Nation.
Dodge will be introducing the third limited edition of the ACR-X. This comes at a time when the current Viper will be entering into what may be the last year of production. Gilles said 2010 will be a very exciting year for the Viper with cars that have been particularly designed for both the race track and the highway.
The ACR-X however, he added, is aimed more at the road-racing aficionados who want to race in this ultimate sports car. It was just a month ago that the SRT team conducted a test on the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X at the Laguna Seca raceway.
ACR-X was driven by none other than Kuno Wittmer, a professional driver of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship series. Under his driving, the ACR-X achieved 1:31.00 lap times on this 11-turn and 2.238-mile course.
This record is 3 seconds faster than the street-legal Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR. The ACR had held the production car track record at the same raceway. Wittmer shared that the ACR-X was indeed an incredible car. Even with just a short warm up, he said, the running lap times were still comparable to that of GT race cars.
The ACR-X did not only have the acceleration and power, Wittmer related, but it was also enjoyable to drive and was even easily able to navigate the Laguna Seca corners. Everything on the car work together perfectly resulting from its amazing horsepower and torque, Wittmer continued.
It will be a great package especially for those who want to stop with ordinary racing and proceed to GT level racing. Dodge truly nailed it with the ACR-X, Wittmer declared. The ACR-X was designed to participate in different events like the National Auto Sport Association, Sports Car Club of America, and Viper Racing League.