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by Matt Brogan

Dodge has revealed its newest special edition of the Viper SRT10, the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X. This is a turn-key race car that is not street legal and is due to make its debut mid 2010.
Based on the street legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) with the safety of the Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X is equipped with a SRT developed 8.4 litre V10 engine which produces 477 kW, 27kW more than the production model.

The suspension has been re-tuned for the race track and the weight of the car has been reduced by 72.6kg. Aerodynamics have been upgraded to improve the cars down-force and enhance stability as well as improving grip in high speed cornering.

“The Dodge Viper ACR-X takes the performance attributes of Viper to an even higher level for a wide range of drivers starting with the grassroots racer all the way up to the professional,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. “This project is a result of many years of performance engineering expertise from our SRT team, combined with the passion and dedication of Viper Nation, to keep the Viper racing tradition going strong on tracks around the country and the world.”

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Factory installed safety equipment similar to the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe are fitted. It has a roll cage, fuel cell and race seats as well as additional racing components to meet the requirements for on track racing.
2010 will be the final year of production for the current Viper model and the ACR-X is the third limited special edition to come from Dodge.

“We’re going to make 2010 the most exciting year for Viper yet with specially developed cars for the street and track,” added Gilles.

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Testing at Laguna Seca raceway last month was the first time the Viper ACR-X was on a track, professional driver Kuno Wittmer was able to acheive lap times of 1:31.00 around the 3.6km, 11 turn course. These times are more than three seconds faster than the street legal Viper SRT10 ACR which holds the production car record at that raceway.




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