Often times we come across GoFundMe efforts that have been started for downright silly reasons. The posts we find ourselves scoffing are typically made by wannabe inventors with a bad idea and no capital or down-on-their luck newlyweds wanting you to bankroll their honeymoon – but today we found a campaign we can truly get behind.
The Viper Owners Association has started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise the money needed to break the production car lap record at Germany’s infamous Nurburgring in a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR. The Association says it needs $159,000 in order to rent the track for the day, pay a professional driver and ship two Viper ACRs to the track. Texas-based Viper dealer Viper Exchange, owned by former Viper-racer Ben Keating, is providing the two ACRs for the record attempt free of charge.
The fourth-generation Viper ACR broke the production car lap record at the ‘Ring back in 2011, lapping the 12.9-mile Nordschleife in 7:12.13. That record has been crushed numerous times since, with the current record holder being the Porsche 918 Spyder, which broke the seven-minute mark with a lap of 6:57.00 in 2013.
As of this writing, the Viper Association’s GoFundMe has raised just under $14,000. It doesn’t look like their going to reach their goal, but if they do, Keating plans to ship the Vipers over to Germany for the lap in April. Fingers crossed, Viper fans.
Via Road & Track