Paging Ben Keating.............
Paging Ben Keating.............
VIPER NATION ~ ~ ~
As you know, the Viper Club of America and VIPER magazine have long enjoyed a special relationship with Dodge, the manufacturer of our beloved Vipers. We are very pleased to provide the unofficial results of a long sought-after event: The return of the Viper to the Nordschleife at Nürburgring in Germany - AKA, the Ring.
In 2008 the Dodge Viper ACR, supported by a small team of dedicated engineers, came to the Ring and established a production car one lap record time of 7:22.1, a record that stood through much of 2011. This summer the Corvette ZR1 came to the Ring with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and beat the Viper record with a 7:19.6. Even more recently, the $400,000 Lexus LF-A, with a special Nürburgring Edition, set down a blazing time of 7:14.6.
Undaunted, the SRT // team returned to Nürburgring with not only a bigger team, but more prep time and help from two very important partners: Tomball Dodge and Mintgen Motorsport. With no 2011 model year Vipers being built, SRT turned to Tomball who graciously supplied two brand-new 2010 Dodge Viper ACR's off of their showroom floor. Mintgen Motorsport, a well-known automotive shop based just a few miles from Nürburgring and very committed to the Dodge Viper, regularly racing two Competition Coupes in various Grand Prix events around Europe, were ideal for local logistics and garage support.
While the official results will be posted here along with the full video footage, SRT was kind enough to share today's very, very exciting results: The 2010 Dodge Viper ACR set a new production car record of just 7:12 and change. What that "change" is will have to wait until the results are made official, but it is most definitely one for the record books. We might also add that SRT brought along a Dodge Viper ACR-X (the spec race car version of the ACR), which simply tore up the track with a stunning 7:03..XX.
Look for the full story in the next issue of VIPER magazine, as well as the in-car and exterior footage of the runs themselves here on these forums. On behalf of the Viper Club of America and Viper owners everywhere, I simply can't tell you how proud I am to be associated with not only an amazing car like the Dodge Viper, but the incredible people that build, sell, race, and service these cars. It is an honor and a pleasure. Keep the Faith!
Viper Club of America
EDIT: The Video of the Record Run is now online at: http://www.viperclub.org/ (full screen viewing suggested) Troubles loading the video in your browser? Then right click the link below and "save as" or "save link as" to download it directly to your computer:
Last edited by Marv S; 09-28-2011 at 10:12 PM. Reason: Edit to include Video Link
Oh snap! Viper getting it done!
Awsome news, way to go team Viper !!!!!!
2001-ACR, 2001 RT-10, 2008 SRT-10
I feel like a first time dad waiting for the birth!! Think I'll go to the garage and look at the worlds fastest production car at the ring!
"Any society that would give up a little freedom to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
Way to go!!!
This is awesome news!
That is a serious ZR1 beatdown.
Thank you Marv. What a wonderful gift to the Viper Nation and Mopar gearheads everywhere.
'14 Blk Vper TA; old Vper: Q:11.4, st mi:174; '15 Auto Chall Hellcat Q:10.982/125.94; 08 SRT8 Jeep(159.52 st mi)(Q:12.13/111.7);00 Fd Ltning:Q:12.89/105.48 (sold). Best Q (Tp Dragster): 207.43 /6.793
Congrats and thank you to dodge, tomball dodge and all involved!
AWESOME!!! Go Viper!! Can't wait to see the video. Thanks to Tomball and all those involved!
HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
I know some here predicted months ago 7:15 was very doable, but I had my doubts.
Congratulations to all involved!
This is a proud day!
Good job ALL!
Truly impressive results by SRT, Tomball, and Mintgen! Thank you for demonstrating what a great car and great people can do!
BTW, future raffle car?
That should clear out any ACRs that are left over on dealer lots.
Congrats to everyone involved.
That is great news. Congrats Ben, Bernie and all those involved.
Wow, 7:12. Would have not guessed that low. You guys are some bad mofos! Huge KUDOS!
I love how the vette forum moved my thread to other cars check mate
Great job!!.....this is going to be even more epic when the Gen 5 breaks the Gen 4 record
Terrible news just being reported on CNN,....apparently a bunch of Lexus engineers just committed hari kari
Great news. Congrats to all involved. Damn, now I am thinking of getting an ACR !!!
I am in AWE!!!
Way to go BK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!
Nice kill team SRT.
thanks for everyone involved
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