• Nov 25, 2009

Dodge Viper ACR laps Laguna Seca – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Pushing a performance monster like the Viper ACR around a race track at ten tenths takes some pretty massive cojones. But few tracks require the testicular fortitude of Laguna Seca.

The iconic circuit in Northern California is packed full of decreasing radius corners, off-camber turns, and the indomitable corkscrew. Fortunately, Dodge test driver Chris Winkler was up to the task, and pushed the ACR around dry lagoon to a record-breaking lap time of 1:33.944, edging out its cousin the Devon GTX in the process to claim the fastest road-car lap time around the track.

Now we've got footage that takes us inside the cockpit for the record run, which may seem like old hat to the video game crowd, until you realize this was happening in real life. Follow the jump to check it out.

[Source: Chrysler via YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I liked the comments from the driver. His intelligent input made the track difficulties more understandable. This was much more informative than hearing screeching tires.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and if he made a clean shift at the 1:24 mark, he'd have been a few ticks faster. great run.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i can realli do better in NFS:Shift :D...

      Sam
      http://www.isopurewater.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      The corkscrew does not seem too bad in the video. It looks crazy being there in person though for a couple MotoGP races. I do not find car footage nearly as exciting as motorcycle footage. Everything is pretty much lame after some on bike footage of the Isle of Man. Very impressive stuff from the Viper though. Hopefully, this model will continue in the lineup at the Pentastar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am play my gran turismo4 and see if I can do better with modified viper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Psh I pulled off a 59.235 second lap time in my twin turbo Supra RZ on Forza last night! This is nothing!!1! And I was drifting teh whole time!!!1! lolz
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you M3 for the incredible laughter that just filled my house.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why does 2004m3driver visit other peoples' houses to laugh there? O_o
        • 5 Years Ago
        nah d00dz the other day in my Subaru WRX STI type RA-R Spec C did it in 57.79 with its mad acronym powerz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That corkscrew is a bitch in Forza and it looks even harder in real life. I love Laguna Seca, it's only a few hours north of me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree about the Video. A shot of the driver speaking in the beginning and then a voice over afterward would have been better. I want to get the experience of the whole lap.
      Helluva car though. What a sound.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn thats fast. I wish there was some sort of program to rent the Viper ACR for a day at the track.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great Site!

      Did you know that Randy Gage is a Viper Man?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Video games are taking over the world!!!!!! Haven't you guys seen the Matrix (I guess movies are too)!!!!!!!!!!

      Have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Don't forget to put all this fun car stuff down and think about how you've been truly blessed, especially if you're an American.

      God Bless Y'all

      Even the ignorant greenies who know not what they do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be incalculably better without the commentary
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is Jeremy Clarkson a bad word, here? I forget.

        Anyhow, we need his enthusiasm here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.motortrend.com/features/laguna_lap/index.html

      Both 2008 and 2010 Vipers beat the ZR1, which did 1:35:85. Not bad for a car that doesn't have a street-legal race package like the ACR. USA! USA! USA!

      Still, a whole lotta cars in the 1:39-1:40 range that could easily swap places: Z06, 911 GT3, SLS AMG, GT-R, R8. Then, again, it shows how the ACR and the ZR1 are leagues beyond these others...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you could the R8 V10 to the ZR1 and the ACR, when it show up over here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt the V10 R8 can match the ACR and ZR1. It's a job for the the 911 GT2 or Lambo LP670-4 SV or the like.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know, I have heard the R8 V10 is a beast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Radical SR8 would kick everyone's asses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you posted a vid of a zr1 doing a lap time of 1:35 which i have no problem with but i dont think you can compare it to the ACR test. first he was not a corvette racer, he only had 3 laps in the corvette after he drove mustangs and mx-5's. and he is 2 seconds off(which is along time in racing, but the guy didnt have the balls to drive wide open through 2) if chevy took its team to cali and tested the zr-1 it could match this time. on actual street-able tires. and dont give me the DOT thing.
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