2017 Viper ACR
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Watch the Dodge Viper ACR Win Car & Driver's Lightning Lap 10

While lots of vehicles turned in impressive times at Car & Driver’s Lightning Lap 10, the Dodge Viper ACR turned in the quickest time among production cars in this year’s field.

We have discussed the results of the 2016 Car & Driver Lightning Lap shootout, but we haven’t discussed the fact that the Dodge Viper ACR was the fastest production car in this year’s event. While I have mentioned briefly in some earlier articles that the Viper had won, I held off on doing a feature piece with the hope that C&D would have a video online showing the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR turning the quickest lap.

Well, that Car & Driver has posted the video of the Dodge Viper ACR – so here is a quick look at what the Viper accomplished in what will be the final year of participation, with the Dodge supercar slated to end production after 2017.

Viper ACR Wins C&D LL10
Since the newest Dodge Viper ACR was introduced, it has been setting lap records all over North America. During the 2016 Car & Driver Lightning Lap 10, the Viper didn’t set any records at VIR, but it did turn the best lap of the shootout and the 2nd-best lap by a production car in the Lightning Lap’s 10-year run.

The Viper ACR laid down a lap time of 2:44.2, beating the 2016 Ferrari 488GTB by 9 tenths of a second. The next closest American car was the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport in 4th with a time of 2:47.1 - which was likely the most surprising performance of Lightning Lap 10 - but the Viper was still the king of the hill for this year’s shootout.

In addition to being the quickest car in Lightning Lap 10 among production cars, the Viper’s 2:44.2 lap makes it the 2nd-quickest production car in the history of the Lightning Lap. Back in Lightning Lap 8, the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder ran a time of 2:43.1, making it the quickest Lightning Lap entry ever, but when you compare the price of the two cars, that 1.1 second advantage costs more than $700,000.

Also, it should be noted that the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR beat the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Lightning Lap 9 time by 9 tenths of a second, giving the Viper the point in the ongoing battle of the American supercars.

Check out the official Car & Driver video of the Viper ACR winning Lightning Lap 10 and below that, you will find the final standings for the 2016 Lightning Lap for production cars.(More on Page 2)

2016 Car & Driver Lightning Lap Times
2:44.2 - 2016 Dodge Viper ACR
2:45.1 - 2016 Ferrari 488GTB
2:47.0 - 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2:47.1 - 2017 Corvette Grand Sport
2:47.4 - 2016 McLaren 570S
2:50.2 - 2017 Acura NSX
2:51.8 - 2016 Mustang GT350R
2:52.9 - 2017 BMW M4 GTS
2:54.0 - 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
2:54.8 - 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V8 1LE
2:56.1 - 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus
3:01.9 - 2016 BMW M2
3:02.2 - 2016 Jaguar F-Type Project 7
3:03.5 - 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat
3:03.9 - 2016 Focus RS
3:04.0 - 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V6 1LE
3:05.9 - 2016 Lexus GS-F
3:06.4 - 2016 Mazda Miata MX5 Cup Car
3:07.7 - 2016 Audi TTS

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