The independent team that was looking to set a lap record with the Viper ACR at the Nurburgring returned to the 12.9-mile circuit this week, but track conditions prevented them from making big improvements to their lap time.
The attempt was part of a crowd-funded effort to bring two of the American supercars to Germany, along with a support crew, and break or at least come close to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s 6:52.01 lap. With support from Tomball, Texas dealer Viper Exchange and tire supplier Kumho, the team flew over to Germany earlier in the summer and managed to lay down an impressive lap time of 7:03.45. They had planned on improving on the time when they returned to Germany with their two Extreme Aero packaged-equipped Vipers this week, but tough track conditions crushed those hopes.
With extremely sunny conditions warming the track to a balmy 111 degrees Fahrenheit, the ACR was eating through its tires. This made life hard on drivers Mario and Dominik Farnbacher, though they still managed to improve on their previous time with a lap of 7:03.23. It’s a minor improvement, but the team remains hopeful the car can break into the 6-minute and 50-second range when they return once more next week. The ACR may never prove to be as fast as the much more technologically advanced Huracan Performante, but we think it’s already shown that it can punch well above its weight.
[Source: Road & Track]