A group of Dodge Viper fans and enthusiasts wants the high-performance sports car to set a new lap record at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Since a large amount of money is needed to achieve this feat, they have initiated a crowd-funding campaign.
It has been a while since the Dodge Viper ACR broke the lap record at the Nurburgring circuit. The previous generation of the Dodge Viper ACR was fast enough to complete a lap at the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 12.13 seconds in September 2011. It was then the fastest street-legal production vehicle at the Nurburgring. Since then, the Dodge Viper ACR’s record has been surpassed by only a few other production vehicles, namely the Porsche 918 Spyder (2013), Lamborghini Aventador SV (2015), Nissan GT-R Nismo (2015) and the Mercedes-AMG GT R (2016). The Porsche 918 Spyder currently holds the Nurburgring lap record with a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds.
While there is a considerable gap in the lap times of the previous Dodge Viper ACR and the Porsche 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring, the present generation of the Dodge Viper – specified with ACR Extreme aero packages – could pose a real threat to the current record. The current Dodge Viper ACR Extreme is powered by an 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers 645 hp of max output and 600 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This pales in comparison to the total amount of power the hybrid powertrain of the Porsche 918 Spyder could provide: up to 875 hp of output and up to 940 lb.-ft. of torque.
Definitely, the Porsche 918 Spyder would leave the Dodge Viper ACR Extreme in dust, if the race is on a sprint or on a straight line. But we are talking about the Nurburgring here, which is not your road circuit. In fact, Nurburgring is considered as one of the most challenging road circuits in the world. Nurburgring Nordschleife -- measuring around 13 miles -- is technically a public road, but sans the speed limit. This means drivers could drive as fast as they can without worrying about being chased by the police or issue with a violation ticket.
More importantly, the Nurburgring is not a straight course or a speedway, although it features a straightaway that stretches for more than a mile. Nurburgring combines significant corners, substantial climbs and drops as well as variable surfaces. This means that power is not the only factor that determines success at the Nurburgring, but there are also other factors like downforce.
Downforce is the name of the game for the Dodge Viper ACR Extreme. ACR’s optional Extreme Aero package features a removable front splitter extension and an adjustable dual-element rear wing as well as hood louvers, four dive planes, six removable diffuser strakes and removable brake ducts. When fully optimized, these adjustable aero components could produce nearly 2000 pounds (one US ton) of downforce at 177 mph. This makes the Dodge Viper ACR Extreme a lot better and faster in corners – thereby negating the power advantage of the Porsche 918 Spyder. In fact, thanks to Extreme Aero pack, the Dodge Viper ACR holds the lap record at the Laguna Seca race track in the US, where it is over 1 second faster than the 918 Spyder.
With the production of the Viper set to end soon, its fans and enthusiasts want to make sure it goes out with a bang by breaking the Nurburgring lap record. But they need around $159,000 for the record attempt – including the funds for the Nurburgring circuit fee, operating costs and related supplies. The Viper Exchange dealership has pledged to provide two Viper ACR Extreme and two Viper racing drivers. If you are one of these Viper fans and enthusiasts, you could support the campaign through the Go Fund Me website.