Viper ACR To Attempt 'Ring Record Thanks To Crowdfunding Effort
When Dodge first introduced the 2016 Viper ACR, it revealed the car had broken the lap record at 13 different road courses across America. While that feat is telling of the car’s performance, there’s really only one racetrack where a lap record is truly appreciated: the Nurburgring.
Dodge never put the current ACR around the ‘Ring, so the Viper Club of America started a crowdfunding effort to allocate the funds needed to do it themselves. They started the campaign four months ago with the goal of raising $159,000 to rent out the track and ship two Viper ACRs to Germany and recently surpassed their target by raising $165,000.
With the funds allocated, the Viper ACR ‘Ring attempt is officially a go. Tomball, a Texas-based Viper dealer is supplying two Viper ACRs equipped with the Extreme Aero package and will also lend the services of two experienced Viper racing drivers. Kumho, the official OEM tire supplier for the Viper ACR, has signed on to provide tires for the attempt while a company called Prefix is helping with spare parts.
The ACR may be fairly old-school when compared with the current ‘Ring lap time chart toppers such as the Nio EP9 and and Lamborghini Huracan Performante, but it’s not to be underestimated. The previous Viper ACR lapped the ‘Green Hell’ in 7:12.13, and this version has more downforce, stickier tires, and 40 extra horsepower. The same man that set the previous Viper ACR lap record, Dominik Farnbacher, is also going to be behind the wheel this time.
The lap record attempt is scheduled to take place sometime in July.
[Source: Motor Authority]
Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.
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