Following news earlier in the month that the Dodge Viper ACR lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a staggering 7 minutes 12.13 seconds we bring you the documentary evidence. GT racer Dominik Farnbacher was at the wheel and posted the time on 14 September 2011.
The time is being claimed as a production car record; the merits of which can always be debated. For example, the Viper ACR is no longer in production. That said, the car used for this lap was believed to be in completely standard trim.
A brief statement from SRT is available after the break.
Viper ACR reigns as fastest production car at the Nürburgring.
September 27, 2011
The Nürburgring Nordschleife is often described as the most technically challenging purpose-built road course in the world. This is the place where automakers test their vehicles for proper suspension tuning and endurance abilities. The 12.9-mile north loop has long been the global standard bearer for sports cars since its construction in the 1920s. For these reasons, SRT believes it is important to show the world that the Viper ACR is capable – and dominates.
The Viper ACR injected its first dose of venom into the Green Hell in August 2008, setting a record 7:22.1 lap time. Despite many attempts to dethrone the Viper, its record run stood for nearly three years. Its lap record was finally eclipsed this summer by a pair of worthy competitors. Upon hearing the news, SRT knew it was time to reset the record. With encouragement from the Viper Club and help from ViperExchange.com, SRT returned to the track to reclaim its rightful prize.
SRT engineers honed the ACR for 2010 by shortening fifth gear, improving rear wing aerodynamics and employing a short-throw shifter. These improvements, along with ideal track conditions, helped the team shave a full ten seconds off its previous time.
On September 14, 2011, veteran GT driver Dominik Farnbacher lapped the Green Hell in 7:12.13 – a full two seconds faster than its nearest competitor.
Following its latest achievement, the ACR now holds records at 19 road courses across two continents.
• Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Illinois 2:37.70
• Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, California 1:55.70
• Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, Michigan 1:26.70
• Grattan Raceway, Belding, Michigan 1:22.70
• Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas. California 1:33.90
• Miller Motorsport Park (perimeter), Tooele, Utah 1:59.90
• Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, New York 2:26.37
• MotorSport Ranch (full course), Cresson, Texas 2:19.00
• Nelson Ledges Road Course, Garrettsville, Ohio 1:08.90
• New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey 1:28.08
• No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, Louisiana 1:16.90
• Nürburgring Nordschleife, Nürburg, Germany 7:12.13
• Putnam Park, Mount Meridian, Indiana 1:12.60
• Sebring Full Course, Sebring, Florida 2:19.47
• Spring Mountain (2.2 mile layout), Pahrump, Nevada 1:45.40
• Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas 1:47.56
• Top Gear USA (El Toro), Irvine, California 1:22.00
• Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Virginia 2:48.60
• Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, California 1:26.00