Chrysler today announced that the latest special edition Dodge Viper->ke1404the SRT10 ACR-X will make its track debut in July 2010 in a newly developed spec series called the Dodge Viper Cup, which will be endorsed by the existing Viper Racing League. The race series begins at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va and ends October 22-24 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, NV.
The winners will receive more than $200,000 and Mopar vouchers. In addition, the 2010 champion will win $25,000, second place $10,000 and third place $5,000.
The Dodge->ke28 Viper ACR-X is powered by an SRT-engineered 8.4L V10 engine that produces 640 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of couple. It also weighs about 160 pounds less than the standard production model. The suspension on this racing beast has also been tuned and aerodynamic upgrades have been added to improve performance and stability on the track. The ACR-X also features a factory designed and installed fuel cell, racing 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 will be amazed at the power and acceleration, and even more amazed 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 who comes out of the basic races and has a desire to compete at GT level.” 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.
The Viper ACR-X combines the best performance features of the record-breaking, street-legal Dodge Viper American Club Racer (ACR) and the safety equipment of the 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 heads and a low-restriction exhaust system, producing 640 horsepower (40 more than the production model) and 605 lb.-ft. . torque (45 more than the production model).
The suspension has also been specially tuned and upgraded for track use with unique springs, two-way adjustable shock absorbers and adjustable anti-roll bars.
The curb weight is a whopping 160 pounds lighter (compared to the standard-produced Viper) to handle even the most challenging road course. Additional aerodynamic upgrades, including quad dive planes and air ducts under the body, improve downforce while improving stability and significantly improving grip in fast corners.
Dodge built 25 units of the off-the-shelf, non-street-legal race car. All 25 have been purchased exclusively through the Viper Race Headquarters and many will make their track debut 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 seeking outstanding performance and safety,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of 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.”
Like the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X includes factory-installed safety equipment such as a factory-designed roll cage, fire suppression system, fuel cell and racing seat. Additional racing components, including a transmission cooler, rear differential cooling system, unique front rotors with increased surface area and improved brake cooling via front scoops, are added to meet the significant durability and reliability requirements for track racing.
“We continue to work to make this final year of production for the current generation Dodge Viper the most exciting year for both Viper and Viper Nation in 2010,” added Gilles. “The Viper ACR-X and the launch of the Dodge Viper Cup series will continue the momentum for years to come.”
In addition to his day-to-day duties as president and CEO of Dodge, Gilles played a role in the development of the Viper ACR-X on the track.
“The Dodge Viper ACR-X is simply incredible,” said Gilles. “Owners will be amazed at the power and acceleration, and even more amazed 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 who comes out of the basic races and has a desire to compete at GT level.”
Dodge Viper Cup Series
The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X will make its track debut in July 2010 in a newly developed spec series called the Dodge Viper Cup, which will be endorsed by the existing Viper Racing League. Two races per weekend over five weekends make up the 10-race 2010 Dodge Viper Cup Series schedule, which includes the following:
- July 9-11 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va.
- August 14-15 at Hallett Raceway in Jennings, Okla.
- September 11-12 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
- October 1-3 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah
- October 22-24 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, in Pahrump, NV
Every vehicle participating in the Dodge Viper Cup series must be a new Dodge Viper ACR-X.
An emergency program sponsored by Dodge Motorsports and Mopar will pay out more than $200,000 in 2010. Payouts for each race are in cash and Mopar vouchers will be awarded as credit towards the 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 prizes will be awarded 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 events of the Viper Racing League, Sports Car Club of America and the National Auto Sport Association.