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AutoBlog: VIDEO: 2010 Dodge Viper ACR makes the rounds at Laguna Seca, sets track record

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2010 Dodge Viper ACR - Click above to watch the video

The Dodge Viper is many things to many people. An object of unparalleled lust to some, a big-mouthed, truck-engined Corvette ripoff to others. And an ankle burner to still others. But no one ever thought of Dodge's V10 quarter-mile thug as a serious track car. Until the Viper ACR showed up.

Lighter (especially in Hardcore Package guise) and producing ten times as much downforce as the "regular" SRT10 Viper, the ACR model set off some pretty big waves when the big-winged snake debuted (especially in the Nurburgring record community), even though most of the rippling came from the street-legal slicks. But never mind all that, the new 2010 Dodge Viper ACR is here, and it's even better than the 2009 version.

Why? Well, it's faster (top speed is now 202 mph) and quicker (it can reach said top speed a whole 14 seconds sooner than the 2009 model). How? Gearing, specifically 5th gear, which has been revised from 0.741 to 0.796. Also, the end caps on the giant wing have been revised, resulting in that higher top end. Some new colors, too. We have tons of videos of it rumbling/blasting around Laguna Seca for your perusal, after the jump. Hat tip to Ryan!

UPDATE: Looks like Dodge, the Viper ACR and driver Chris Winkler just broke the Laguna Seca single-lap record with a time of 1:33.944. Those of you with longish memories will remember that a Devon GTX (powered by a Viper motor) recently set the (now) old record at Laguna -- 1.35.075. In other words, the new Viper ACR just beat the previous record by more than a second. Impressive. And yet another video, after the jump.

UPDATE 2: Gallery of images from the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR's day at the track added.

UPDATE 3: Chrysler just twittered: "To honor Viper's record-breaking lap at Laguna Seca, Dodge will rollout a Laguna Seca Special Edition Viper." Now that's planning product on your feet!




[source: Red Letter Dodge]

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It looks very much at some at the track. What an amazing machine it is, and it can do it all without 7,000 computers.

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So I'll ask the dumb question here...why is the Dodge Viper setting a track record front page news on a GM-focused forum?

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So I'll ask the dumb question here...why is the Dodge Viper setting a track record front page news on a GM-focused forum?

http://www.cheersandgears.com/index.php/topic/48093-forum-moves/page__view__findpost__p__556990

We're expanding our scope to include more news about Ford and Chrysler to appeal to more people while still focusing on GM.

Hence the expanded Ford section, and the Fusion making Front Page recently.

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So, We are a Detroit Automotive Fan Site now? Fair Enough, As far as I know there is still nothing as good as C&G for Ford or Chrysler fans. GMI, while a larger site by volume is a not nearly as nice as C&G, then again may be I'm biased since I've been here for much of the decade now. I still remember C&G in her prime. I think we lost out with all the server upgrades and outages.

Anyway, I hope our new style and format wins back some old friends and brings in new ones. Best of Luck Guys! :smilewide:

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