The Nurburgring is one of the most demanding circuits in the world. Most manufacturers enjoy testing their cars on that circuit due to its vast range of turns, elevations and challenges presented to the car. Let’s admit it there are also major bragging rights for having the fastest car over the 14 mile circuit.
Across the pond in America the new 2015 Dodge Viper ACR appears to be warming up for a potential run at the Nurburgring lap record. The new Viper ACR is what Dodge themselves call the “ultimate street-legal race car” and to be fair they do have a point.
The 2015 Viper ACR produces 645hp and 600 lb-ft of torque from its insane 8.4L V10 but it’s not some straight-line, drag racing muscle car, it’s a complete track monster. The ACR is purpose built for those that enjoy weekend club racing in one of the best road-legal track cars on sale.
Dodge clearly don’t lie either as the 2015 Dodge Viper ACR has now taken 13 track production car records in America. The most notable of records was set at Laguna Seca where the ACR recorded a time of 1:28:65.
That is 5.27 seconds faster than the previous-generation 2010 Viper ACR’s record at Laguna Seca and 1.24 seconds faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder which lapped the circuit in 1:29.89. That is the equivalent of 11 car lengths after just one lap at Laguna Seca.
The 2010 Dodge Viper ACR upset quite a few supercars by lapping the Nurburgring in 7:12:13 back in 2011. That’s two seconds quicker than the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition and just over three seconds slower than the much newer Nissan GT-R Nismo. That car had 600hp and 550 lb-ft of torque whilst producing 453 kg of downforce at 150mph.
The new 2015 Dodge Viper ACR is even more incredible featuring improved GT3 level of aero producing 499kg of downforce at 151 mph and 695kg of downforce at 177 mph. Just to put those numbers into perspective, the McLaren P1 generates 600kg of downforce at 161 mph.
The ACR does all of this through a combination of the carbon fibre rear wing that is almost six feet wide, the rear carbon fiber diffuser, adjustable front splitter and additional dive plates.
With all of that grip, carbon ceramic brakes and high-performance tires all specifically designed for ACR it’s not that much of a surprise that 13 production track records have been taken by the 2015 Viper ACR on some of America’s most notorious tracks like Willow Springs Raceway, Virginia International Raceway, Road Atlanta and of course Laguna Seca.
The 2015 Dodge Viper ACR sets incredible high-performance benchmarks and has more track records than any production car in the world. The new ACR is yet to tackle the Nurburgring but it appears that it could very well be warming up for a potential record-breaking run there.