Edmunds Inside Line Gets 2008 Dodge Viper ACR Salty At Bonneville

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A guy named Ed that works for Edmunds Inside Line (we suspect nepotism) just got back from driving the 2008 Dodge Viper ACR to Bonneville. There, he discovered that driving really fast in a straight line, at least in a twitchy track special on the salt, is a lot harder than it looks. If we'd been there, we'd have told him that the key to traction in slippery conditions (whether they be caused by salt, rain, ice or snow) is high revs and small throttle openings, but then no one ever listens to that advice anyways. While he didn't quite hit 200 MPH, Ed did manage to discover a truth about driving a Viper: you pay for its speed with hard work. We just hope his back managed well with the strain.

[Edmunds]

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DISCUSSION

You know the whole "Big Engine, Go Fast" thing? It's been done. Done done and done some more, by high schools, backyard nutjobs and the Royal Air Force (okay, just one of their castoff engines, but still).

There are some other classes at Bonneville that make you scratch your head until you realize that it really opens the gates for every budget. There's 1-liter classes, motorcycle, electric, all of that. I want - desperately - to see someone field a streamliner with a Kohler Command under the fuselage. I want to know just how fast a lawnmower engine can go.

Then I want to be the next guy to drive it.