It still has a long way to go before it can beat the Lamborghini Performante.
If you’ve been following the highly publicized crowdfunding campaign, you’ll know that the Viper ACR recently brought back from the dead for an unofficial Nurburgring lap record attempt because some passionate enthusiasts want to give the iconic sports car the send-off it deserves before it finishes production later next month. Road and Track were at the scene, confirming that driver Dominik Farnbacher, who set the previous Viper ACR Nurburgring record back in 2011, managed to set a time of seven minutes and 03.45 seconds in a stock Viper ACR.
Two stock Viper ACRs fitted with an optional aero pack were unleashed onto the Green Hell wearing a commemorative GTS-R livery. This was the first traffic-free attempt on a dry track according to Road and Track. The time still falls short of the sub-seven-minute times set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and Porsche 918 Spyder, but it’s nine seconds faster than the original factory-endorsed Viper ACR record time. This marks the first Nurburgring record attempt in a fifth-generation Viper since Dodge refuses to return to the ‘Ring, instead opting to shatter production car records at 13 US road courses.
With the Viper’s death now fast approaching, enthusiasts raised enough money through crowdfunding, sponsorship, and private donations to get the American sports car back onto the Green Hell for another attempt. The record attempt was originally scheduled on Monday July 24th while the track was closed for one hour. Heavy rain prevented these plans from happening, meaning the team could only practice during open lapping sessions with traffic in wet conditions. When a brief opportunity of track time arose, the team seized the opportunity. While it’s not an official time, the Viper ACR is now the fourth fastest road-legal production car around the Nurburgring,
Farnbacher's lap time falls behind the Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador SV, and Huracan Performante. It’s worth noting that this is only the first attempt, as the team is planning to set another lap later this week. Should these plans get scuppered by the rain again, the team is planning to bring the Viper ACR back to the Nurburgring next month to attempt a sub-seven-minute lap – but they will need another $50,000 of funding, according to a post on their Facebook page. The team is still confident that the Viper ACR is capable of setting a new lap record. “We can get into the 6's and are going to do it,” the team wrote on Facebook.
“If you want to continue to help this effort, please go to the Gofundme page and donate. This is extremely expensive stuff to do. It's not like we can just show up and run a record time. We are competing against efforts that are funded by factories that are willing to spend unlimited money to have their car be the Ring King. And we all know which car is truly the Ring King.”