Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X to debut at Dodge Viper Cup
Chrysler announced today that the last special edition Dodge Viper, the SRT10 ACR-X will make its on-track debut in July 2010 in a newly developed spec series called the Dodge Viper Cup, which will be sanctioned by the existing Viper Racing League. The race series will begin at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va and will finish on Oct. 22-24 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, NV.
The winners will be awarded more than $200,000 and Mopar vouchers. Additionally, the 2010 champion will win $25,000, second-place will receive $10,000 and third-place will pay $5,000.
The Dodge Viper ACR-X is powered by SRT-developed 8.4L V10 engine producing 640hp and 605lb.-ft. of torque. It also weighs about 160lbs less to the standard production model. The suspension on this racing beast has also been tuned and aerodynamic upgrades have been added to improve its performance and stability on the track. The ACR-X also features a factory-designed and installed fuel cell, race seat, and factory-designed roll cage. The Dodge Viper SRT 10 ACR-X will also be the only model involved in the new racing series, the Dodge Viper Cup.
"The Dodge Viper ACR-X is simply incredible,” said Gilles. “Owners are going to be blown away by the power and acceleration, and even more surprised at how the ACR-X navigates even the most challenging road courses and how friendly it is to drive at the limit. This is a great package for someone coming out of grassroots racing with a desire to step up to GT level competition.” This should make for an interesting series.
Press release after the jump.
The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X is “the” ultimate special-edition model of America’s ultimate sports car.
Combining the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper American Club Racer (ACR) and the safety equipment of championship-winning Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X is powered by the SRT-developed 8.4-liter V-10 engine, equipped with factory headers and a low-restriction exhaust system, that produces 640 horsepower (40 more than the production model) and 605 lb.-ft. of torque (45 more than the production model).
The suspension also is tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage with unique springs, two-way adjustable shocks and adjustable sway bar links.
Curb weight is a full 160 pounds lighter (compared with the standard-production Viper) to take on even the most challenging road course. Additional aerodynamic upgrades including quad-dive planes and underbody ducts improve downforce, while enhancing stability and significantly improving grip in high-speed cornering.
Dodge built 25 units of the turn-key, non-street legal race car. All 25 have been purchased exclusively through Viper Race Headquarters and many will be making their on-track debuts in July 2010 as part of the newly formed Dodge Viper Cup series.
“The Dodge Viper ACR-X is a dream come true for road-racing enthusiasts who are looking for outstanding performance and safety,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. “This ACR-X is designed and built for drivers who demand serious speed and want to compete in our ultimate American sports car.”
Similar to the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X contains factory-installed safety equipment such as a factory-designed roll cage, fire suppression system, fuel cell and race seat. Additional racing components including a transmission cooler, rear differential cooling system, unique front rotors with larger surface area and improved brake cooling via scoops in the front fascia are added to meet the significant durability and reliability requirements for on-track competition.
“We’re continuing to work toward making this final year of production for the current-generation Dodge Viper in 2010 the most exciting year for Viper and Viper Nation alike,” added Gilles. “The Viper ACR-X and the launch of the Dodge Viper Cup series will continue the momentum for years to come.”
Aside from his day-to-day duties as Dodge President and CEO, Gilles played a role in the on-track development of the Viper ACR-X.
"The Dodge Viper ACR-X is simply incredible,” said Gilles. “Owners are going to be blown away by the power and acceleration, and even more surprised at how the ACR-X navigates even the most challenging road courses and how friendly it is to drive at the limit. This is a great package for someone coming out of grassroots racing with a desire to step up to GT level competition.”
Dodge Viper Cup Series
The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X will make its on-track debut in July 2010 in a newly developed spec series called the Dodge Viper Cup, which will be sanctioned by the existing Viper Racing League. Two races per weekend for five weekends will make up the 10-race 2010 Dodge Viper Cup series schedule, which includes:
- July 9-11 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va.
- Aug. 14-15 at Hallett Raceway in Jennings, Okla.
- Sept. 11-12 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
- Oct. 1-3 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah
- Oct. 22-24 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, NV
Every vehicle that competes in the Dodge Viper Cup series must be a new Dodge Viper ACR-X.
A contingency program sponsored by Dodge Motorsports and Mopar will pay out more than $200,000 during 2010. Payouts for each race are in cash and Mopar vouchers will be awarded as credit toward purchase of Mopar parts and accessories.
Finisher Cash Awarded Mopar Voucher Total
1st $6,500 $1,000 $7,500
2nd $4,500 $500 $5,000
3rd $2,500 $250 $2,750
4th $1,250 $150 $1,400
5th $500 $100 $600
Additional cash awards will be made to the top-three finishers in the Dodge Viper Cup series standings. The 2010 champion will win $25,000, second-place will receive $10,000 and third-place will pay $5,000.
The Viper SRT10 ACR-X is designed to compete in the Viper Racing League, Sports Car Club of America and National Auto Sport Association events.