Coming up just a hair short.
The last Dodge Viper rolled off the factory line this summer and we’re really sad to see it go. It was an American demonstration of excess and big-displacement power. It was raced professionally, however, it was never given a proper Nürburgring lap time – until now.
A private team of Dodge Viper enthusiasts and professionals took the now-out-of-production 2017 Dodge Viper ACR to the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife to see if it could break the new lap time record for a production car, held by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante with a 6:52:01 time.
Previously, the Dodge Viper had the title for being the fastest around the ‘Ring twice with the previous-generation ACR. With Lance Arnold behind the wheel, this small team of privateers sought to take it back.
Unfortunately, the team was only able to get times of 7:03.23 and 7:03.45, with the final run (shown in this video) being 7:01.3. While it comes nine seconds short of the Huracan Performante, it’s still a very, very impressive lap time, especially considering the fact that the Huracan Performante has loads of tech, active aero, and all-wheel drive helping it out.
It’s still something that this small privateer team and their car can be very proud of.