Every good motoring enthusiast knows that the Dodge Viper is a truly formidable – and sometimes scary – machine on a road course, but did you know that FCA’s now-extinct high-performance weapon can also be rallied? It’s true, and the folks at Australian outfit Whitehot Motorsport set out to prove it by entering one – a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR with the Extreme Aero Package – in the six-day Targa Tasmania tarmac rally over the past few years. The team, which is comprised of Jason and John White, got a DNF their first year out in the Dodge Viper ACR Extreme, but went on to win in 2017 and 2018.
With this year’s triumph, Jason White and his uncle John now have seven wins under their belts, putting them within one victory of the all-time Targa Tasmania wins record, according to AutoAction. That record was set by former touring car champ Jim Richards and former motorsports comentator Barry Oliver.
The Whites’ 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme reaches speeds of up to 163 miles per hour through the course of the 33-stage, nearly-500-km Targa Tasmania, according to Jalopnik – just 14 mph shy of the car’s top speed. We can think of few finer ways to memorialize Fiat Chrysler’s late, great V10-powered performance monster than running it full-bore across 500 kilometers of Tasmanian roads.
You can see onboard footage from Jason and John White’s 2018 Targa Tasmania run in the video above. Be sure to have those headphones cranked.