More sting for Dodge Viper
31st March, 2010
- Production of turn-key, spec-series racer kicks off 2010-model-year build of Dodge Viper line-up
at Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant
- Viper ACR-X aimed at continuing Dodge Viper’s storied racing history
- Final year of production of current-generation car will see some of the most special Vipers ever
The next chapter in the storied racing history of the Dodge Viper is being written as the first 2010
Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X rolled off the assembly line at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit on
Monday, 29th March 2010. Built for road racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best
performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and
the safety equipment of championship-winning Viper Competition Coupe.
“The 2010 model year is going to be unique for the Dodge Viper in many ways both on and off the
track, so to kick it off with production of our ultimate special-edition Viper ACR-X is our way of
paying tribute to the performance engineering expertise of our SRT team, combined with the passion and
dedication of Viper Nation, to keep the tradition going strong,” said Ralph Gilles, President and
CEO, Dodge Brand. “With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn
the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the
The SRT-developed 8.4 litre V-10 engine that powers the Viper ACR-X is equipped with factory headers
and a low-restriction exhaust system that produces 477 kW (27 more than production model) and 820 Nm
(60 more than production model). Following the initial build at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, each
engine is shipped to a dynamometer lab where it is verified for proper outputs and electronically
sealed before being sent back to the plant for final installation.
The suspension on the Viper ACR-X also is tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage, while
the overall vehicle weight is lightened by a full 75.5 kg (versus the standard production Viper) to
take on even the most challenging road course. Additional aerodynamic upgrades improve downforce, while
enhancing stability and significantly improving grip in high-speed cornering.
Similar to the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the non-street legal Viper ACR-X boasts safety
features such as factory-designed and installed fuel cell and race seat and factory-designed roll cage.
Additional racing components are added to meet the significant durability and reliability requirements
for on-track competition.
Conner Avenue Assembly Plant
The Dodge Viper ACR-X is built on the same production line and using the same quality manufacturing
techniques as the street-legal versions of the Dodge Viper.
"We’re proud to be the exclusive home of America’s ultimate performance car,” said Shelly Gordon,
Plant Manager – Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, Chrysler Group LLC. “For 15 years, our dedicated workforce
has hand built a vehicle that inspires dreams and captures the imaginations of young and old. That passion
and attention to detail continues with the launch of some of the most unique Dodge Vipers ever built."
Production of the Dodge Viper began in May 1992 at the New Mack Assembly Plant and was moved to Conner
Avenue Assembly Plant in October 1995. Viper V-10 engine production was transferred to Conner Assembly from
Mound Road Engine in May 2001. In 2003, the Viper SRT10 roadster hit the market, and the current generation
Viper SRT10 Coupe followed in 2005. In March 2008, production began on the new Viper ACR (American Club Racer)
- the highest performance street-legal vehicle ever built at Conner Assembly.
Wide Array of New Special, Limited-edition Models
To celebrate the final production year of the current-generation Dodge Viper SRT10, Dodge plans to deliver
a vehicle line-up like no other since the introduction of the iconic American sports car in 1992.
Numerous special, limited-edition models are planned for the 2010 model year, including the Dodge Viper
ACR 1:33 Edition, which pays tribute to the production car lap record set on 24th November, 2009 at Laguna
Seca raceway. The unique two-tone Black Clear Coat/Red Clear Coat exterior colour scheme on this model is the
opposite form of the original Viper ACR. Interior highlights include piano black console bezels with red gauge
highlights complemented with red accent stitching in the seats. Only 33 cars will be produced as 1:33 Edition
Viper ACR models.
The 2010 Vooodoo-edition Viper ACR will feature an all-Black Clear Coat exterior with a Graphite Driver’s
Stripe outlined in red. Only 20 cars will be produced with the unique striping on both the exterior, as well
as on the steering wheel.