• Sep 5, 2008
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You may remember last week we showed you a split-screen video of the Dodge Viper ACR and Corvette ZR-1 lapping the famed Nurburgring in Germany. As you already know, the Dodge Viper ACR now holds the fastest lap record with a blistering time of 7:22.1. What you may not know is that the record lap was set by SRT engineer Tom Coronel on just his fifth lap ever around the 'Ring. His team arrived in Germany just the day before, none of them ever having run Germany's most famous track before. Coronel actually broke the record on his third lap with a time 7:24.1, but then proceeded to break his own record two laps later.

What we have for you after the jump is some of the official video of that record lap from two different angles. The first you saw a bit of in the split screen video with the ZR1, but this is the full-screen version with G force data and track location data on the screen. The second comes courtesy of the Viper Club of America, who put together an exclusive video of the same lap using an outboard camera on the passenger side. Both are amazing to watch, if only to understand just a bit more how terribly fast the Viper ACR is.

[Source: Streetfire.net, ViperClubofAmerica.org, Allpar.com]

In-car view

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Sets Nurburgring Record

Outboard passenger side view


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap! The driver fumbled the shifting a few times and the car STILL BEAT THE RECORD.

      Take that, ZR1! And GTR, and Porsche, and....

      Mopar or no car, baby. The Viper reclaims its title as king!
      wasabisuicide
      • 6 Years Ago
      mad props. this could attract investors and buyers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @wasabisuicide
        Doubtful, at best. Investors and buyers will be attracted when Chrysler manages to build decent mainstream cars that aren't years behind the competition. A car that costs $100,000 and can lap the Nurburgring really fast won't achieve that. Putting more time into the cars that actually make money for a company, will.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah boy the number one spot held by an American .... Dodge baby .... I love how the haters are feeling right now ..... haha .... USA all Day ////
        • 6 Years Ago
        USA all day is right, dawg!!!!

        I gotta say, it's a good day indeed when the MOPAR BOYS spank the Japanese and Germans.

        In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if GM and Dodge worked as allies, tricking Nissan into benchmarking the ZR1 -- instead of the ACR -- for its V-spec.

        AHAHAHAHAH!!!!

        BTW...where's Proud Japanese? I say, WHERE IS HE?!?!?!?!?

        What? He's crying? So sad, so sad...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why bring the country into it? It's not like you all put it together as a team, it was a group of very smart men who inhabit the same land mass as you, unfortunatly for them.
        Leave the patronage out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good job, Redneck 6.0.

        I don't think the haters really care all that much, considering the ACR is pretty much a race car with barely street legal tires. Nobody is going to drive it on the street, and it's not a big surprise that it performs well.

        To be fair, you'd need to compare it to a race-stripped GTR V-Spec or a stripped ZR1, in which case the viper might be spanked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I totaly want a downforce meter now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BTW Tom Coronel drives the Zakspeed Viper not only during the 24h at the Ring he race it also during the VLN northloop endurance championship (~10 long distance races at the Ring). He has tons of Ring and Viper experience... more important he has tons of downforce Viper experience.. the Zakspeed VLN Viper use a very similar spoiler kit as the viper ACR. Zakspeed race the Viper since a decade very successfull at the Ring.. 3time 24h win overall, 2time 2. place overall and 2time 3. place overall is a clear message.. everyone being surprised that a Viper can take the Ring pretty quick should update his knowlege a little bit

      http://www.automobilsport.com/upload/cars-tuning-2008-4-4/cars-tuning-2008-4-4-4/vln-zakspeed-26-4-marc.jpg

      2008 Zakspeed Viper like Tom Coronel drove during hte 24h.. his team mate is a other Ring record man.. Patrick Simon .. the guy how drove the Edo Competition Porsche 996 GT2 RSR in 7:15min around the northloop in 2004..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wah, R-compound tires, waaaaaaaah. Does Dodge have exclusive rights to R-compound tires or something? They chose to put them on the ACR, GM didn't put them on the ZR1, it was a choice, boohoo. You people are the ones that are always whining about X having a turbo, or X having nitrous, when in the end who gets there faster wins and that's final.

      With that out of the way, I am a Chevy guy and hate Dodges, but the sniveling is too much for me to handle. Go buy yourself a ZR1 or GTR and put it on R-compounds since you think that tires are what make a car fast and not the driver.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks as if all the people commenting on how the ACR could be driven around the Ring faster were correct. It is one of the longest, most technically advanced and varied race courses in the world, and a "Ring rookie" won't be able to get as low of a time as someone with a lot of experience there.

      Still a hell of a drive, but it would be interesting to see what someone who has done 100s of laps there could do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It takes a lot more than an engine stand on wheels to make a car that fast on a race track."

        Yes indeed, it takes R-rated tires! I guess risk of lawsuits doesn't phase a company going out of business?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tough choice.

        Engine Stand on wheels > Viper
        or
        Precision, Handling, Civility > Corvette

        I know what Neanderthals would pick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It takes a lot more than an engine stand on wheels to make a car that fast on a race track. Point being, this Viper has less power than the ZR1. If you check the side-by-side footage of the ACR versus the ZR1, the ACR certainly wasn't making its time in the straights.

        Now that that is out of the way, the ACR is designed for the track, where the ZR1 is designed for the road. They're different cars. I personally like the ZR1 better, but its simply uncalled for to bash the Viper like that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The ACR is just pure insane.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A pity the G- and downforce meters on the in-car video are completely out of sync, I like that view much better...
      • 6 Years Ago
      where is that Proud Japan? lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, Tom Coronel has plenty of laps on the ring
      He drove the Zakspeed Viper at the 24H Nurburgring endurance race.

      And he's not an SRT engineer either but a pro race driver that SRT hired for this Ring attempt. (Actually I think they hired Zakspeed who then sourced Coronel)

      So the only ones who've never been to the ring before are prolly the SRT engineers, not the driver anyone affiliated with Zakspeed
      • 6 Years Ago
      so my question is, is this the ALL TIME lap record for ANY CAR EVER? or just for production vehicles. either way its quite a feat especially considering the amount of flak the big three get these days, especially dodge, and especially the reputation the viper has for being such a beastly pig to drive. that was one insane ride, for sure!
        • 6 Years Ago
        it is no record at all...

        all time northloop record Stefan Bellof driven 28. May 1983 during the practis for the 1000km race, he raced a Porsche 956 C and drove a 6:11.13min for a 20.835km full lap (not the 20.600km sportauto lap used today by manufactor record runs)
        Stefan Bellof is the only human who ever reached a average speed of more than 200km/h (125mph) in a lap...

        the fastest production car (and street legal) record is since 2005 in the hands of Radical from the UK (they have the sportauto Trophy for the fastest street legal lap at the northloop).
        At the 28. September 2005 Michael Vergers drove with a Radical SR8 on normal street tires (Dunlop Direzza) a 6:56.01...
        According to Radical the use of slicks would have possible cut some 30s from that laptime..

        Befor the Radical the lapcord for production cars was at 7:14.89 driven by Michael Düchting with a Donkervoort RS.

        The next real record attemp to brake the Radical 6:56.01 record from 2005 will happen later this year in a cooperation between the sportauto magazine and Ultima Sports Ltd. ... Tom Coronel is booked as the driver (yeah he is no Viper engineer) to lap the Ultimate GTR 720 around the northloop with the goal to reach 6:55.0min...

        All that internet record claims are just commercial attetion getter..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just street legal production.
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