Dodge never officially took its newest Viper to the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany – that grueling, 13-mile road course against which many high-performance cars are judged – leaving the world to wonder how well Dodge’s final V10-powered production sportscar might compare to other sportscars at “The Green Hell”.
Then again, the Dodge Viper ACR has claimed thirteen production-car track records across the United States, so we do have some idea of how the car stacks up against its major competitors.
Nevertheless, a group of Viper enthusiasts launched a crowd-funded campaign to bring a 2017 Dodge Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR to the Nürburgring with a pro driver at the helm, in order to get an unofficial Nordschleife lap time out of the car. The driver is one Dominik Farnbacher, who in 2011 drove a previous-generation Dodge Viper ACR home to a 7:12.130 lap time at the notorious German race track.
Now, Road & Track reports that Farnbacher et al. drove a 7:03.45 lap at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, giving the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR GTS-R one of the quickest lap times of any production car in history. Still not satisfied, the team is reportedly ready to give it another go later this week, which we think has a good chance of producing a sub-7-minute timed lap.
This crowd-funded Dodge Viper ACR Nürburgring lap effort is powered by Kumho and co-sponsored by Prefix, using a pair of bone-stock cars straight from The Viper Exchange – a highly-specialized Dodge Viper dealership in Texas. We’ll be waiting eagerly to see if the team can manage to pull off an even quicker Nordschleife lap – not that 7 minutes, 3 seconds is anything to sneeze at.