The 2015 Dodge Viper T/A Looks to Set Records with More Power, ACR Features
The 2015 Viper has returned to the Dodge brand and with that return comes a new Grand Touring (GT) package, some new colors, some added power and some revisions that should help make the Time Attack 2.0 package even more venomous than last year’s model – hopefully allowing it to better compete with the upcoming 2015 Corvette Z06.
The Viper T/A Aspires to Catch the Viper ACR
When the 2013 SRT Viper was introduced, many people expected that it would out-gun the previous generation Dodge Viper SRT10. The highest performance road-going package for the previous generation Dodge Viper was the American Club Racer (ACR) package that was designed to yield the greatest results possible on a road course and it worked beautifully – setting track records all around the world including the likes of Laguna Seca and the German Nurburgring. The 2010 Viper ACR asserted itself as the most track capable production road car in the world, but in the Viper’s absence, the Chrysler Group saw those records broken.
Worse yet, when the 2013 SRT Viper was introduced, it was quickly found that it would not keep up with the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 that had been little more than a whipping boy for the Viper ACR. When videos got out of the ZR1 beating the Viper around tracks where the old Viper had owned track records, Mopar fans began demanding a modern ACR package that would allow the Viper to properly thwart the Corvette and reclaim some track records.
Instead, the Chrysler Group rolled out the 2014 SRT Viper Time Attack (T/A), which was more of a stripped down and beefed up Viper GTS than it was a modern ACR. Fortunately, the Viper T/A was good enough to defeat the C6 Corvette ZR1 in those venues where the Chevy had beaten the 2013 Viper GTS…but even the TA was a far cry from the 4th generation Viper ACR.
With the introduction of the 2015 Dodge Viper Time Attack 2.0, the T/A gets a little closer to the old Viper ACR in terms of appearance and – hopefully – in terms of performance capabilities.
The 2015 Dodge Viper T/A 2.0
The 2015 Dodge Viper Time Attack 2.0 is a little bit 2014 T/A and a little bit 2010 ACR. New for 2015 are front dive planes a more aggressive front splitter setup and a monster rear wing – all of which are very similar to features found on the 2010 Viper ACR. These additions allow the 2015 Viper T/A to experience 400 pounds of downforce at speeds over 150 miles per hour, as opposed to “only” 278lbs of downforce at those speeds with the 2014 Viper T/A. This added downforce should help high speed stability both on long straights and when cornering – so this might be the first 5th gen Viper that Chrysler publicly takes to the Nurburgring.
While those aerodynamic bits are the most vital additions to the 2015 Dodge Viper T/A 2.0, this track ready trimline also gets the same extra 5 horsepower as the rest of the new Viper lineup.
Finally, like the 2014 SRT Viper T/A, the 2015 Dodge Viper T/A has a track tuned, dual mode Bilstein Damptronic suspension system with settings that are unique to the Time Attack package, carbon fiber chassis components, a massive Brembo braking package and lightweight rims wrapped in high performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires – all of which make the Viper T/A one of the best performing road cars sold in the US today.
The bad news is that like the 2014 Viper T/A, the 2015 T/A 2.0 is restricted to just 96 units with 32 in Venom Black, 32 in Competition Blue and 32 in Yorange. Hopefully we will see at least a few of those new Dodge Viper T/A models hitting tracks around the world in an effort to protect the Viper’s records from the new and very improved Corvette Z06.