A handful of Dodge Viper fans are trying to get their favorite car to the top of the Nürburgring Top 100 lap times leaderboard. Looks like they’re on the right track.
The Dodge Viper will be bidding farewell in August 2017, as production of the American sports car is coming to a close. But a bunch of die-hard Viper fans are trying their best to put the legendary machine on a top spot on the Nürburgring Top 100 lap times leaderboard.
And by the reports which are coming in from the Green Hell, these guys are faring much better than Dodge’s last official outing on the track. In 2011, Dodge had released a fourth generation Viper – an SRT-10 ACR – on the track and that car returned to the pits after registering 7:12.13 as the lap time. It holds the 10th spot now.
Fast forward to the present and the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR in the GTS-R Commemorative Edition guise, lapped the Ring in a phenomenal 7:03.45 which makes its faster the Nissan GT-R Nismo. The GT-R currently holds the 7th position on the Top 100 Nürburgring Lap Times.
However, this is not an official lap time and the team of enthusiasts who is funding/organizing this attempt is trying for greater heights than a Top 10 rank. They have hired the same driver – Dominik Farnbacher – who had piloted the Viper for the company-backed run back in 2011. An additional driver – Luca Stolz – is also part of the team. However, it was Farnbacher who came up with the earth-shattering lap time of 7:03.45.
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The crowdfunded initiative shows how far some enthusiasts will go to see the Dodge Viper reign as the “King of the Ring”.
The GoFundMe initiative run by the fans have raised $190,550 of the $259k goal and all of that is being spent on shipping, track charges and other expenses related to organizing a lap record attempt of this scale and scope. The two Viper ACR cars were provided by Viper Exchange dealership in Tomball, Texas and both machines come with the Extreme Aero Package. Kumho is taking care of the tire supply as these cars will be needing a lot of rubber as part of the runs and Prefix is handling the spare parts department.
Take a look at the onboard footage of the unofficial lap time run right below.
The privateers aren’t done with their efforts and will be trying again soon so that the Dodge Viper can walk away from the scene with a glorious title to hold on to as the “King of the Ring.”
Source: Road & Track