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Viper ACR To Attempt ‘Ring Record Thanks To Crowdfunding Effort

Jun 07, 2017



When Dodge first introduced the 2016 Viper ACR, it revealed the car had broken the lap record at 13 different road courses across America. While that feat is telling of the car’s performance, there’s really only one racetrack where a lap record is truly appreciated: the Nurburgring.

Dodge never put the current ACR around the ‘Ring, so the Viper Club of America started a crowdfunding effort to allocate the funds needed to do it themselves. They started the campaign four months ago with the goal of raising $159,000 to rent out the track and ship two Viper ACRs to Germany and recently surpassed their target by raising $165,000.

With the funds allocated, the Viper ACR ‘Ring attempt is officially a go. Tomball, a Texas-based Viper dealer is supplying two Viper ACRs equipped with the Extreme Aero package and will also lend the services of two experienced Viper racing drivers. Kumho, the official OEM tire supplier for the Viper ACR, has signed on to provide tires for the attempt while a company called Prefix is helping with spare parts.

The ACR may be fairly old-school when compared with the current ‘Ring lap time chart toppers such as the Nio EP9 and and Lamborghini Huracan Performante, but it’s not to be underestimated. The previous Viper ACR lapped the ‘Green Hell’ in 7:12.13, and this version has more downforce, stickier tires, and 40 extra horsepower. The same man that set the previous Viper ACR lap record, Dominik Farnbacher, is also going to be behind the wheel this time.

The lap record attempt is scheduled to take place sometime in July.


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2017 Dodge Viper ACR Sets Blazing Unofficial Nurburgring Time

Jul 27, 2017



A crowdfunded effort to set a record Nurburgring lap time with a Dodge Viper has resulted in an initial time of 7:03.45.

With the Dodge Viper soon to be discontinued, a group of enthusiasts wanted to do what Dodge officially hasn’t: set a Nurburgring lap time. The crowdfunded effort features professional driver Dominik Farnbacher behind the wheel, the same person who set a record in 2011 with the older Dodge Viper ACR recording a 7:12.13 lap time.

The attempts are being made in stock 2017 Viper ACRs featuring the Commemorative GTS-R livery and have been funded largely by private donations from Viper enthusiasts. The cars came straight from Texas dealership Viper Exchange and the attempts are the first at a Nurburgring lap record for the fifth-generation Viper.


Road & Track was invited to witness the Viper’s Nurburgring lap attempts and reports heavy rains messed up the original plans of attempting a lap time on Monday, July 24. A brief window of track time did become available recently and that’s when the 7:03.45 lap was done. The team is planning to do another attempt later this week.

Even if they left Germany with the 7:03.45 lap time, that would unofficially put the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR towards the top of the Nurburgring production lap times, ahead of the Nissan GT-R NISMO (7:08.679), but still a bit away from a sub-seven-minute run where cars like the Lamborghini Aventador SV, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Lamborghini Huracan Performante reside. We’ll keep our eyes out to see if the team manages an even faster lap.


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