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2010 Dodge Viper sets new record


Video: Dodge says the 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR (American Club Racer) has reclaimed the production car lap record at Laguna Seca

Driven by engineer Chris Winkler, the Viper SRT10 ACR set a lap record of 1:33.915 (1:33.944 - as unofficially recorded by a trackside clock). This means the car traveled around the 2.238-mile track 1.1 seconds faster than the previous production car record holder, the Devon GTX.

The 2010 Viper will be pubically unveiled at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to Winkler, "It was definitely exciting but a somewhat uneventful lap overall from behind the steering wheel. 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 record."

Boasting a 8.4-litre V10 engine, with 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, the Viper ACR accelerates from 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds and has a top speed of 184mph (296kph).

The 2010 model features a shorter fifth gear ratio, a new short-throw shifter, and a revised rear wing, plus aluminum control arms, a KW suspension with two-way adjustable competition coil-over shock absorbers, two-piece slotted StopTech brake rotors, and an optional Hard Core Package with a track-oriented suspension and an 80 pound weight reduction (compared to the standard Viper SRT10).

With the Viper entering its final year of production, only 500 models will be built.


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