We’ve been reporting on the progress of the fan-powered attempt to pit the out of production current generation of the Dodge Viper against the mighty Nurburgring, and now we have official word from the team.
The curtain is set to fall upon the Dodge SRT Viper, the top performance vehicle in America for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles during the past 25 years – the supercar’s Conner Assembly plant in Detroit will cease manufacturing in August, and we may never see a revival again. Fortunately, we’ve looked at the exploits of a group of incredibly passionate Viper enthusiasts who are looking to send the Viper off into the sunset with a major achievement. They want a go at the fastest lap around the Nurburgring in a production vehicle. Dodge sent the Viper officially to many tracks around America, taking home lap records, but decided not to have an official go at the Green Hell.
But the Facebook group The Viper Ring Record Run Powered by Kumho and co-sponsored by Prefix, which is of course a long name, has managed to muster the means – financially, most of all – to deliver two Viper ACRs from the United States to Germany. The estimates, besides sponsorship, were between $150,000 and $200,000, and fortunately the GoFundMe campaign gathered $177,642. Right now, the pair is waiting for fine weather at the track – after completing initial acclimatization and testing duties. While the McLaren P1 LM and the electric Nio EP9 took the technical achievement – these are both very limited production models. Meaning the closest rival to the Viper ACR is the Lamborghini Huracan Performante with its 6:52 lap time.