Vicious Snake: Viper ACR-X Strikes at the Nürburgring

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Last September, the Viper SRT10 ACR made some big noise when the original American supercar set a new production car record at the fabled Nürburgring Nordschleife. A smoking fast time of 7:12 devastated the ZR1’s 7:19, and was especially impressive considering the brand new Vette featured cutting edge suspension and braking technology–along with more power. Yet the 2010 Viper ACR still managed to shatter the ZR1’s record.

One thing that SRT and Dodge failed to mention last September was that it wasn’t the only Viper at the Nürburgring that autumn day. The Chrysler Group had also brought along a weapons-grade ACR-X to see how much quicker a track-only Viper could make it around the Green Hell. And the results were stunning.

With a blistering time of just 7:03, the ACR-X placed it fifth behind only the Pagani Zonda R (6:47.5), the Radical SR8LM (6:48), the Radical SR8 (6:55), and the Ferrari 599XX (6:58.16). Luckily, when the bright red Viper ACR-X was ripping around the Nürburgring last September, the video cameras were rolling, and last week, the DriveSRT website and Viper Club of America offered up the video of that race-ready Viper doing its thing on the Ring.

The video includes a track telemetry–so you can see its location on the massive course–a gear indicator, along with a G Force and downforce meter. Unfortunately, there’s no speedometer, but based on other videos I’ve seen–such as the Corvette ZR1–on the Ring, the ACR-X likely pushed past 200MPH on the long straight which leads into the final series of turns before the finish line. Also, while it’s a bummer not being able to see how fast the Viper is going, its incredible to see how much downforce the ACR-X creates. At it’s peak the meter tops 1,370lbs!

With the introduction of the next generation SRT Viper just over a month away, videos like this one will go a long way in helping to create buzz for the upcoming 2013 models–as if any hype is really needed. The 2013 SRT Viper is expected to pack a new V10 engine measuring 8.7 liters and packing between 650 to 700 horsepower.  In addition to all of that power, we can also expect traction and stability control system similar to the ones found on the Corvette Z06 and ZR1. The results of adding a high-tech suspension system to a car that has already devastated records all around the world could make it near impossible for the Corvette (and the rest of the supercar world) to keep up.  The question now? How much faster could the new Viper be around this world renowned course?

Check out the video and tell us what you think the new 2013 Viper will do at the Ring!

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