Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles and Dodge never got the chance to take the beastly, fifth-generation Viper ACR to the Nürburgring, but that hasn’t stopped others.
The previous Dodge Viper ACR was a track champion and set a record time of 7:12.13 in 2011. Since then, many other cars have come and conquered the Nürburgring. The private effort has been championed by a GoFundMe and private sponsors, which raised $178,000 to send a pair of Dodge Viper ACR Extremes to The Green Hell.
And things are looking good. Not only are the funds available to make it happen, the Vipers have already been spotted at the Nürburgring for testing ahead of a record attempt. Dominik Farnbacher—responsible for setting the previous Viper record—has returned to pilot the car and Luka Stolz—who took pole position at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring—will provide backup.
If successful, it will be a fitting sendoff to the Viper, which exits production on August 31 of this year.
Smashing the record will be a tall order; the current record sits at 6:52.01, which Lamborghini set with the Huracán Performante this year. That’s quite a bit quicker than the old ACR’s 7:12 time, but it’s well documented that the new, and last, Dodge Viper ACR is much quicker than its predecessor. Godspeed, gents. We’ll be watching closely.