It’s not something you want to experience, but this is what it’ll be like if you do; minus the flames, of course

All race cars that are used in officially regulated races are required to, in one way or another, have some kind of fire suppression system in tow just in case the worst happens to happen. Some of these systems are quite similar to those found in heavy industry systems, just downsized to fit and work in an automotive application. And, such is the case with the first suppression system on this 2008 Dodge Viper ACR – a clone of the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X.

This specific model has two different fire suppression systems – one specifically for the engine bay and one for the cabin. Now, this system is similar to the fire suppression system for airplane engines – physical action is required to activate them, as you’ll see when the levers inside this 2008 Viper are pulled.

Should a fire happen to start inside the car’s engine bay, the driver can simply pull the emergency lever, and the suppression gas will flood the engine bay and, at the very least, help contain the fire until the car can come to a stop and the driver can safely evacuate the area. The same idea goes for the cabin suppression system but, as pointed out in the video, it’s not something you really want to experience as if it is necessary to deploy at high-speed, you’ll be lucky to breathe long enough to get the car to a stop. But hey, at least you’ll be a good looking corpse, right? Either way, check out the video to see the fire suppression system in action.

2008 Dodge Viper ACR Fire Supression System Test

2008 Dodge Viper ACR-X Performance Specifications
Engine 8.4-Liter V-10
Transmission Six-Speed Manual
Horsepower 640 HP
Torque 605 LB-FT
Weight 3,190 LBS
Drivetrain Configuration Front-Engine \ RWD

Further Reading

2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X
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Read our full review on the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X.

2014 SRT Viper High Resolution Exterior
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2008 - 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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