• Sep 15, 2011
As you may already be aware, there is no official production car record at the Nürburgring. That hasn't stopped well-meaning automakers from warming up the great German marketing machine in an attempt to outdo previous marks set by their competitors, and that includes the fine folks at Dodge.

Way back in 2008, Dodge shipped one of its Viper ACR coupes to the 'Ring with the goal of setting a blistering time. Suffice it to say, the outing was a complete success. For quite some time, Dodge claimed with a time of 7:22.1 that it held the fastest lap time of any production car around the famous circuit.

Since then, a number of manufacturers and machines have bested that still-stellar time, notably the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (7:19.63) and more recently the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition (7:14). Now, according to a new forum post by Viper Club of America president Marv Spatz, Dodge Viper owners can cheer the return of the crown, because a Viper ACR has reportedly just reclaimed the title with an unofficial time of "7:12 and change."

Keen enthusiasts will note that the Dodge Viper is no longer in production, so SRT sourced a pair of brand-new 2010 models from Tomball Dodge of Texas before having them prepped for action by Mintgen Motorsports, a shop just down the road from the Nordschleife.

No word yet on who was behind the wheel or how many shots at the record they took, but we have a feeling that once the results are certified, all that information will be released in a hail of press releases, in-car videos and so on. For now, check out our exclusive gallery of the two Vipers making their attempts.

UPDATE: Added exclusive gallery of images showing both Dodge Viper ACRs making their record attempts.


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      Allen Aventador
      • 3 Years Ago
      My favourite all time american sportscar. i can't wait for the new model arriving in the coming year. i m so proud to see it beat the record on the track. :)
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just what does "prepped for action" entail? The Viper ACR is already able to handle a track like the Nurburgring stock, so I doubt 'safety' and 'endurance' modifications like uprated suspension, and roll cages will be needed. I think the run should only be considered if the car is road legal to a certain extent, and has only factory performance upgrades that customers can also buy, if not bone stock. Hopefully the Viper's aftermarket upgrades are limited to safety requirements, and not anything like almost-slicks and power upgrades. If that's the case, and the 7:12 run is valid, then HELL YEAH, that is an amazing time for a ~$100K vehicle that is 2 model years old.
        TMTexas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        The cars were all 100% showroom stock. The 'prep' alluded to is the fact the the Viper ACR's suspension (like that of a real track car) is manually adjustable. Therefore, you make some laps, make some adjustments, and keep getting faster until you can get faster no more. Unlike, for example, the LF-A or ZR1 who have electronically controlled suspensions that adjust on the fly. I mean sure, you could try adjusting your ACR's shock bound while taking a corner at the Nordschleife, but I'm betting it'd be tough to do.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TMTexas
          That is great to know. Just you never know how far from stock some of these Ring contenders are. As long as no new parts have been added or removed from the car, it is bone stock to me.
        Mike Elliott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Prepping includes adjusting the adjustable stock aero and suspension. Both are fully adjustable from the factory, and need to be set up for the specific track it will be used on.
        Mike Elliott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Remember that the Viper ACR has adjustable aero and adjustable suspension straight from the factory. Given the complete lack of things like stability control, traction control, etc., you don't have any computers to make those fancy adjustments to suspension and modulate the brakes and throttle to make up for lack of driver ability, so you simply have to adjust the aero and suspension for the track conditions and hope the driver has the balls to put it to use.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Frigging unbelivable wild beast...... not talking about the car, but the insane driver. Even the standard Viper was a very fearsome car to drive, the ACR? Forgetabout it~
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      ghenckel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unlike Toyota, GM, and Porsche, little Team Viper does not have a full-time garage with full-time mechanics to service a Nurburgring record effort. Team Viper has only been there twice. These cars were straight from the showroom floor to Germany. Sooo, please get over your doubts folks: the Viper is a wicked fast tool, which had plenty more left after setting a record in 2008 (after running only 6-ish laps... do you think Porsche has run more than 6 laps at Nordschleife? Do you think it may be embarrassing to them that an American upstart who ran only 6 hot laps beat them badly?) So, let's consider further. Viper set a record in 2008 which was unbeaten for almost 3 years. To their credit, they went home and made gear ratio and wing changes to better tune the car for the Nordschleife. But, as they were the current record holders, why would they go back?? Until others showed proof that they'd been faster, there was no reason to return. Finally, in 2011, Team Viper had the motivation to prove the latest Viper was in fact faster, and in a minimal number of laps (again), they proved it. God Bless the Americans. Beats the German aristocracy...again.
      mike999
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was hoping it was atleast a mule shot.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome, glad to see Viper beat that overpriced Lexus
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the LFA Nur edition needs is to make the Michelin Pilot sport cups a factory option and sub 7:10 time is easily possible. Dodge would need a chassis redesign to post lower times.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Yeah, and the fact that the Viper set the record in the course of a half day vs. having tested there with both production and race versions for a half decade wouldn't suggest they could go faster with more time? The REO-70 has a treadwear rating of 140 and 9/32 of tread depth vs. 70 and 6/32 on the PSCs. That means the compound is very similar being that the PSC would wear 4/32nd before being illegal and the REO-70 7/32nds. Oh look at that 4x20 equals 80 and 7x20=140. Well isn't that something. After a few hard laps, both tires would be near identical.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          They only tested for 1/2 day...that is straight from people at the Ring. We've been watching for days, waiting for more news and were all disappointed when we heard they were only there for half a day because the fastest time we had heard up to that point was a 7:15.6. Everyone thought they were going to be back a second day and that never came. Luckily, they had netted the time in that one session and just were sneaky about telling us. @NissanGTR: You do realize people PAY to have their tires shaved, right? If the compound is the same, but one starts off with more tread, that tire will get better as it wears down to something closer to a slick. After a few laps, the REO-70 is going to be very much equivalent to a PSC tire. The shortcut to getting there is to just shave them before you put them on so you don't have to wear off the top layer.
          Mike B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          They were there for like 2 days and a half...
          Cory Stansbury
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          treadwear rating on PSC is 80, not 70. Typing fail.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Radical SR8 holds the production record at 6:48.... (sorry Chrysler)
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        The car ran slicks, not street tires. This car was running street tires.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          No! It ran Toyo R888 street legal in the whole f****n' world! The ACR ran semi slicks too.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Pilot Sport Cups aren't semi-slicks. Also, there's places all over the world where semi-slicks aren't legal.
      Matt Off White
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys do know that the record for a production car is held by the radical SR3 right? It did 6:48 back in 2009. All of this arguing is a moot point.
        dondonel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Off White
        SR3 is a race car with headlamps mounted at legal height (for uk) - this does not make it a production car. Besides, SR3 is not road legal in 99% of the countries, nor are the tires it used at N'ring.
          50merc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dondonel
          he's a dumbass for even going there....
          Matt Off White
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dondonel
          Sure it's production, you can get one at any time. But if you don't like that, the Gumpert Apollo is also faster. And it is a production car.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Off White
        SR8*
      Mike Elliott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Regarding the questions about "special prepping": Remember that the Viper ACR has adjustable aero and adjustable suspension straight from the factory. Given the complete lack of things like stability control, traction control, etc., you don't have any computers to make those fancy adjustments to suspension and modulate the brakes and throttle to make up for lack of driver ability, so you simply have to adjust the aero and suspension for the track conditions and hope the driver has the balls to put it to use.
        TMTexas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Elliott
        Glad someone else here knows what a real car is and how it works. Good post, Mike.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Adjusting this car is about like adjusting a carburetor. You adjust it for the current conditions, and no adjustments can be made once you start running. This isn't an advantage compared to the new supercars like the LFA that have computers controlling the aero and suspension every millisecond, and in fact is quite a disadvantage. This is impressive no matter how you spin it, and in fact any car under 7sec is quite impressive.
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