2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

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.

Press Release

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X

Dodge pulled the cover off the newest special-edition model of the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 lineup. The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X is a turn-key, non-street legal race car that is slated to make its on-track debut in the summer of 2010.

"The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X takes the performance attributes of Viper to an even higher level for a wide range of drivers starting with the grassroots racer all the way up to the professional," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. "This project is a result of many years of performance engineering expertise from our SRT team, combined with the passion and dedication of Viper Nation, to keep the Viper racing tradition going strong on tracks around the country and the world."

Combining the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winning Viper Competition Coupe, the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X is powered by the SRT-developed 8.4-liter V10, equipped with factory headers and a low-restriction exhaust system, that produces 640 horsepower (40 more than production model).

The suspension also is tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage, while the weight is lightened by a full 160 pounds (versus the standard production Viper) to take on even the most challenging road course. Additional aerodynamic upgrades improve downforce, while enhancing stability and significantly improving grip in high-speed cornering.

Similar to the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X contains factory-installed safety equipment such as a factory-designed roll cage, fuel cell and race seat. Additional racing components are added to meet the significant durability and reliability requirements for on-track competition.

In what will be the final year of production for the current generation Viper, the ACR-X is the third limited, special-edition model to be introduced by Dodge. "We're going to make 2010 the most exciting year for Viper yet with specially developed cars for the street and the track," added Gilles. "The ACR-X is targeted at road-racing enthusiasts who want to successfully compete in our ultimate American sports car."

Last month, the SRT team used a testing session at Laguna Seca raceway to shake down the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X for the first time. Behind the wheel was professional driver Kuno Wittmer from the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship series, who was able to run consistent 1:31.00 lap times around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn course. Wittmer's lap times were more than 3 seconds faster than the street-legal Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR that holds the production car track record at Laguna Seca raceway.

"The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X is incredible," said Wittmer. "After a short warm up, I was running lap times as quick as exotic GT race cars. I was blown away by the power and acceleration, and even more surprised at how the ACR-X navigated the challenging Laguna Seca corners and how friendly it was to drive at the limit.

"All aspects of the car work together perfectly to plant all that horsepower and torque without issue," Wittmer added. "This will be a great package for someone coming out of grassroots racing with a desire to step-up to GT level competition. Dodge nailed it with this one!"

The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X is designed to compete in the Viper Racing League, Sports Car Club of America and National Auto Sport Association events.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X will be approximately $110,000. Production is slated to begin in Spring 2010.

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