Dodge, or rather SRT (we're still getting used to it being its own brand), has been busy teasing us with the new Viper that will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, but that doesn't mean it's completely done flaunting the performance capabilities of the old model. Only a few short months ago, SRT released a video of the Viper ACR reclaiming the lap record at the Nürburgring for a production car with a time of 7:12.13, taking the title away from the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition.

Now the Viper Club of America has released a new video of the race-only Viper ACR-X tackling the Green Hell, and the result is even more impressive. The V10-powered spec racer lapped the circuit in just 7:03.058, more than nine seconds quicker than its roadgoing brother. It makes us wonder when we'll start seeing six-minute lap times at the Nürburgring.

You can see a video of the impressive lap after the jump, including real-time stats like g-force and downforce included in the footage.



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      ACURA23CL
      • 2 Years Ago
      That things was SCOOTIN', wasn't it?! WOW....and that bumper/road-cam view made it look like it was moving at 300mph!
      Hunter Adams
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an awesome car!!!
      beefchow
      • 2 Years Ago
      He was bouncing of the rev-limiter in the Adenau section... maybe they could find a few seconds over there by tweaking the gear ratios.
        TMTexas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @beefchow
        The Viper's rear gear has never been a strong point for getting around tracks in the quickest manner possible. But it is geared to allow the massive torque that's available in a relatively short RPM window really shine. A slightly shorter rear gear would probably shave a few seconds, but then it wouldn't be stock . . .
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      quick, swap drivers with the LF-A
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only 9 second gap from the regular Viper ACR is the most impressive part by far.
      72CJ5driver
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still don't get why dodge is divesting its brands. Without the Ram trucks and SRT all Dodge is anymore is a bunch of mediocre cars.
      TMTexas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still the best performance bargain out there, and an absolute BEAST. Nothing more needs saying.
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing. Of special note is the lack of forced induction & the presence of a pedal clutch & actual gear shift. SRT - keep this up plz!
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I won't comment on what the numbers really mean or street legal vs maybe street legal vs race only and all that. What I do know is, that lap was super awesome and man does that beast sound mean as hell! Love it!
      Nachos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet ride! it belongs in my dream garage. Hopefully the next one will have AC controls that aren't shared with my Dad's 2004 dodge ram though... Wicked fast still, though.....
      Boost Retard
      • 2 Years Ago
      If we're counting track only cars, then the Radical SR8 has already set 6:55 (or 6:48 for the LM edition) minute laps at the 'Ring.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Boost Retard
        Zonda R does 6:47. Just saying...
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still find it amazing that the fastest production car in the world around the ring is an AMERICAN CAR. Yet, they still don't get the respect they deserve. "Oh but the interior is a pos-" STFU!
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Preach on!
        SteveM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Agreed!
        NSchlax
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Well, they're right though. For decades american cars have been fairly quick, but haven't handled all that well (as a generalization), and have had build quality and interiors that have felt crappy and cheap. At least a lot of the new cars coming out of Detroit the last year or two seem to be a lot more impressive. Which is really excited, because I love buying American as a matter of principle, and American engineers and designers certainly have the talent to produce world-class products.
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NSchlax
          They certainly have the talent. The problem is that they have absolutely no aspiration to break the mold and are certainly held back by management. For instance, Americans this time around decided to *still* produce only FWD small cars. A world class American company would have produced an Evo/STI competitor and finally ventured outside of their "RWD V8 for the big car, FWD only for the small car" mindset. I'm not waiting on Americans to catch up to Euro engineering. They have already. I'm waiting on Americans to start producing a Euro car. I want to see rwd turbo 6 sedans, turbo 4 300hp+ AWD small rally cars, lightweight miata rwd competitors, etc. Americans are just wasting the talent on garbage. It's like Mozart only decided to write Birthday party songs. Have some freaking guts to step outside the mold already!
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        The American car goes 0.001 faster swinging by the seat of their pants barely holding on to the road. One mistake and death is likely. But it *is* faster. The Import car goes 0.001 slower, while smoothly cruising, providing the driver with a smooth ride and confident handling. This driver's heart rate is half that of the Americans' and he's not within deaths reach. One is a marvel of stability and engineering using small turbo engines with four wheel drive to achieve good lap times. The other is a 9 liter sled with huge tires and very limited suspension design. They both do the same thing, just one feels smarter. (I'm an American)
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          While variety is nice, the best sportscars are still RWD and NA. AWD isnt the magic cure to stability, it just puts power down easier especially in the wet. RWD high powered cars (American or not) are not necessarily great shuddering beasts with no control, they just arent idiotproof as much as your precious AWD is. Also, even with a super advanced AWD, the driver could still be fighting for control and sweating where a person in a RWD basic car is unconcerned. AWD gives more understeer, and in order to avoid it, the system has to shuffle power everywhere, against the driver's will. People often say that driving a GTR, with the most sophisticated AWD in the world, is like a battle between man, machine, and road, the car often ignoring your inputs because "it knows better". While a Viper ACR has been described as suprisingly easy to drive full out on a track, it gives you the right tools, but doesnt make any pretenses of doing the job for you. It isnt some wayward sled, unless you drive it like one. And aside from meaningless hp/liter and relatively insignificant weight savings, a small boosted engine isnt any better than a big and/or high revving NA engine. On paper what appears to be a wider and flatter torque curve of a turbo is actually riddled with poorer throttle response and lag, meaning that if you floor a turbo car (that says it makes peak torque from 1.5k) at 3000rpm, you would have to still wait for the engine to catch its breath first, be it a split second hesitation or a whole "one missisippi" of lag. Higher tech doesnt mean better, only different and maybe more accepting of ham fist inputs. And your perception of American cars needs to take itself out of the 90' and early 2000s. Just because the SVT Cobra you allegedly owned was a big handful, doesnt mean that the basic formula is crap or in need of smaller displacement and more driven wheels.
          sirjaysmith
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          @ Acidtonic I saw no swinging by the pants and near death experiences in the Viper ACR lap videos, what are you on about?
        iScream
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I thought the fastest street legal car to lap the ring was the Gumbert Apollo?
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