With a previous production car ‘Ring record of 7:12.13, which was set in September 2011, the Viper is already well embedded in the realm of supercars.
But now, it was the title back, and it will have to go through some new additions to the top of the charts.
The current overall record is held by the McLaren P1 LM, with a red-hot time of 6:43.2, though its status as a production car is up for debate.
Also, to beat the P1 LM, the Dodge Viper ACR will need to cut its lap time by 30 seconds.
In terms of bonafide production cars, the Viper will have to beat newcomers to the top such as the AMG GT-R, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and of course, the current production car king, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
To do this, the current Viper ACR will need to run the ‘Ring in under 6:52.01.
And that seems quite possible, with the car reportedly having run an initial test time of 7:03.45. That’s already a lot quicker than the record its predecessor set in 2011.
Behind the wheel for the next record attempt, as with the first one, is German racer and SRT factory driver Dominik Farnbacher. To break the record, however, they needed a car.
Dodge shop The Viper Exchange in the US actually offered to send two cars to Germany if a GoFundMe campaign raised USD $159K. Over six months, 427 people raised USD $177,722, which averages out to just over $416 each.
“We all love the Viper. Let's go out on top,” the campaign creator writes. That goal is now well within reach.