US: forget the hypercar trifecta – the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is your café racer to go [Videos] image
Every supercar aficionado will hold like it’s the holy trinity the latest hypercar trifecta – made out of the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari’s LaFerrari. But it appears there’s also an underdog – the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR.
The US brand has just stated that its latest version of the supercar has broken 13 production car lap records as it was put through its paces on circuits around the United States. And the P1, 918 Spyder and LaFerrari significantly outweigh the American racer in terms of raw power – the Viper only has 645 horsepower and costs just about the sum of the competitors’ list of optional features at a little over $122,000. At Laguna Seca, with race driver Randy Pobst manning the wheel the ACR managed a time of 1:28.65 – in a test drive organized by Motor Trend on the same raceway and with support from the official crews from McLaren and Porsche he only achieved a time of 1:30.71 in the P1 and 1:29.89 at the helm of the all-wheel drive 918 Spyder. The Viper ACR attempts were oversaw by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the vehicle used its optional Extreme Aero Package. The kit comes with a six-foot wide adjustable rear wing, detachable extension for the front splitter and several dive planes to increase downforce to up to 2,000 pounds.
Most of the production lap records were achieve by Dodge development driver Chris Winkler, who handled the ACR on the Road Atlanta, Waterford Hills, Nelson Ledges, Motown Mile, GingerMan Raceway, Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Grattan Raceway, Virginia International Raceway, Willow Springs Raceway, MotorSport Ranch, Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Inde Motorsports Ranch.