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Video: 2010 Dodge Viper ACR Laps The Nürburgring In 7:12

Posted in Cool Stuff, General, News, Racing Coverage, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 30th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Ask a dozen people what the fastest production car around Germany’s legendary Nürburgring circuit is, and you’re bound to get a dozen different answers. I’m sure there will be a Porsche GT2 RS in there, but that’s only third fastest. Some may answer with “Lexus LFA,” since that did claim the record for a few days this month. Still others may respond with “Nissan GT-R” (8th fastest) or “Ferrari Enzo” (11th fastest), but both answers would be wrong.

When you strip out “production cars” that aren’t widely available, like the Radical SR8, the Gumpert Apollo and the Donkvoort D8 RS, the fastest cars around the ‘Ring are a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR, a 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition and a 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, in that order. Of those, only the Viper remains easily available at a price accessible to mere mortals. The Viper ACR went out of production in 2010, but there’s still inventory on dealer lots. The original list price was around $107,000, but we’ll bet you could snap one up for well under six figures these days.

To set the new ‘Ring record, Chrysler’s SRT group “borrowed” two 2010 Viper ACRs from dealer inventory and enlisted the help of pro driver Dominik Farnbacher, a German with extensive sports car and GT racing experience. The result was a new lap record for a true production car, but this much is clear: records are made to be broken, and we’re guessing that both Lexus and Nissan will have a go at it in the coming months.

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  1. JamesM says:

    Nothing against the Dodge Viper, but I’m about sick and tired of Automotive Engineers thinking that the Nürburgring is what defines a performance vehicle. There are so many more important features than how fast it can make it around a windy track. Sure, it’s badass to know that the car you bought is in 1st 3rd or whatever for fastest lap times, but that should never sway someone to buy a vehicle. None the less, it certainly still is one hell of a feat to do it in that time. Bravo.