• Jun 16, 2010
Making the Dodge Viper ACR-X – Click above to view the video after the jump

Chrysler's put out a new video showing how it transforms a "run-of-the-mill" Dodge Viper ACR into the track-only ACR-X model. The work is handled at the same facility in Detroit that creates the Viper Competition Coupe race cars, but the process is quite a bit different. The Competition Coupe is built from the ground up at the preparation shop while the ACR-X is assembled at the Conner Ave. assembly plant and then retrofitted with race gear. This process allows the ACR-X to be built at about half the cost of the Competition Coupe.

The ACR-X is fitted with a host of kit, including a roll-cage, brake cooling ducts, competition fuel cell, extra dive planes, fire suppression system and bigger brakes. The ACR-X gets the same racing seat used in the Competition Coupe, available in two sizes to fit the driver. Get all the details in the video after the jump.



[Source: Chrysler]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      "We disassemble the car partially and add the roll cage"

      Cut to: car completely disassembled and roll cage being welded in

      Riiiiiight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, at least it gets made!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow...the build process is so cheap...the workers look like the mechanics around my way lol


      Still a nice track car tho....even tho I think its being a little overrated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If anything the new Viper is underrated because it's largely ignored by most of the auto media.
        Autoblog is a rare exception, but when was the last comparison that you read putting the Viper against ANY European high performance car? I don't care if it's not as luxurious as the pricey top European models because the Viper offers balanced performance for an outstanding price. Frankly I believe that the Viper has little real European competition in it's price range when judged by it's performance and not purely status and luxury.
        Because the Viper is mostly ignored by the press (as opposed to cars like the GT-R, R8 or 911) Dodge/SRT has had to independently go out and set their own track records at tracks like the Nurburgring and Laguna Seca to get people to understand what an outstanding performance car the Viper really is. The ACR-X is a great value for a factory built/modified race car. It would flatly outrun most European cars on most tracks if it were allowed to compete without air restrictors and weight penalties added to slow it down.
        I really hope that SRT takes the ACR-X out to the Nurburgring to challenge the recent track record of the Ferrari 599XX. And that at least one or two auto magazines have the guts to put the new 600HP+ Viper up in a real performance comparison against Europe's and Japan's top cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Roush was involved with the original V10 when it was being developed.
      Also some of the old Shelby Dodges are fast. I know a guy that has a 11 second Omni glh.
      Lets see what you Camery will do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else think it's hilarious that the guy welding on the roll cage was wearing a Roush racing shirt?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well shelby helped with this car at the beginning and he is known as a ford guy, so no not at all
        • 4 Years Ago
        I remember the 80s lol, the omni i liked, but the charger i could do with out lol. I dont think any of those will be in his obituary (may that day be long off)

        But if I say shelby I am sure 99% would think GT40 or GT500 mustangs. The 1% owning the charger lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Roush is typically associated with Ford... the Viper is *not* a Ford. I thought it was funny.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mike, Shelby has a pretty long-standing relationship with Chrylser as well. Recall the Omni GLH-S, the Shadow-based CSX, Lancer, Daytona, and Charger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The reason the guy is wearing a Roush shirt is because this work is done in Roush's Bldg #50 Techinical Center in Livonia MI...by Roush employees.

      This is but one of the many different services and operations Roush supports within the automotive industry (and other industries).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats my color!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it but I hope Hennessey do something with it. Or someone just puts a Hennessey kit on it cause that would make it awesome
        • 4 Years Ago
        you best be trollin...
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol 2 sizes: fit and fat!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whens the Viper SLS coming out?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am waiting for the SLS SRT
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