This beast is the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR. The Viper name should already get your heart rate up, but the ‘ACR’ acronym should have your ticker deep into the red paint if you have any idea what those three letters mean.
For those of you who don’t, ACR stands for American Club Racer. This places the already violently uncompromising car’s spec at the very extreme end of the spectrum.
Be under no illusion. This isn’t a road car for the track. It’s a racer you can put a plate on and drive home – after you have passed and demoralized every other car on the track.
It’s not just a bit faster than your standard trackday entrants, but so much faster it’s almost unfair. Like a parent competing at a kid’s school sports day.
What’s new about it?
The big headline story on the ACR is the extraordinary aero kit. Select the ‘Extreme Package’ option – which you must if you are thinking of getting one an ACR – and the vast, adjustable rear wing is just the final flourish.
The story starts with a massive, detachable front splitter, moves through dive planes and wing vents – also removable for ultimate front downforce – and then proceeds with a rear diffuser that starts from in front of the rear wheels and extends right to the tip of the rear bumper.
The kit creates nearly a tonne of downforce, and so much drag it lowers the top speed from near 200mph to 177mph.