The 2017 Dodge Viper ACR driven by Dominik Farnbacher set a handful of records when it was able to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 7 minutes and 3.45 seconds. Although the new Viper American Club Racer fell short of the Porsche 918 Spyder record of 6:57, the lap time of 7:03.45 makes the Viper the quickest American production road car, the quickest rear wheel drive production road car and the quickest manual transmission production road car to blast around the 12.9-mile Nordschleife configuration of the famous German road course.
Some folks associated with the fan-funded effort by the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR might be disappointed that the car wasn’t able to break into the 6-minute range and beat the hybrid Porsche hypercar, 7:03.45 is an incredible time – one which everyone associated with the effort should be very proud.
When the news of the Dodge Viper ACR running a 7:03.45 hit the internet last week, there was no video available, but the footage of the lightning-quick lap is now available online – and you will find it embedded in this piece below.
Viper ACR Running a 7:03 at the Ring
The video of the 017 Dodge Viper ACR piloted by Dominik Farnbacher running a 7:03.45 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a great one. The key portion of the video shows the forward view from the windshield and below that large view is a smaller view of the cockpit, showing Farnbacher working his magic. On each side of the in-car view is a G-meter, with the vehicle speed and lap timer on the left side and a track map showing the progress of the car on the right.
In addition to zipping through the many turns of the Nurburgring with impressive speed, the Viper ACR appears to hit a top speed of 283 kilometers per hour, or about 175 miles per hour, at the end of the long Döttinger Höhe straightaway.
Anyways, enough with the talk, if you haven’t jumped down to the video yet, you should grab a drink, kick back and watch Dominik Farnbacher raise the bar for American cars, rear wheel drive cars and cars with a manual transmission at the world’s most grueling road course.