Guy Franken of Chrysler SA had the following to say “The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR remains the supercar against which others are measured. Not only does this car hold the Laguna Seca lap record now but also claimed the prestigious lap record at Nuerburgring in 2008 with an impressive time of 7:22 beating all other supercars who have attempted this subsequently. Guy continued saying “This Viper is not scheduled to be sold in SA as it is manufactured in right-hand-drive only. However, it remains the global image leader for all Dodge vehicles."
2010 Dodge Vipe shatters recordChris 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 3.6 km, 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 2010 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 record.”
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 in 2010.