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Another Viper ’Ring run coming

by David Zatz on

A crowdfunded effort to race a Dodge Viper at the Nürburgring track seemed to fizzle last week; Dominik Farnbacher beat his own record, driving a stock-condition  2017 Viper GTS-R ACR, but only got one run, and it wasn’t official, since no agency record-keepers were present.

Viper ring

That time beat the current rear wheel drive car record of 7:10.92, set by a Mercedes AMG GT R, even though Farnbacher only had one lap — not enough to be completely familiar with the course, as it is today. Plans to hit the track a second time were washed out by rain.

Dodge set 13 records with the current Viper ACR, all in the US.  To move the effort to Germany, Russ Oasis raised $156,000 (378 people contributed through GoFundMe). Viper Exchange ran the show.

The group recently posted the following update:

Two things are official: our 7:03:45 for the very first (and only) lap at the ring, and 2) WE’RE GOING BACK THIS MONTH. Because of the generosity of some sponsors who have stepped up, and because of the Viper Nation’s generosity on gofundme, we feel we have enough for the return.

I’d like to thank Doug Seal of Willowbrook Chrysler in Canada, Dan Snyder Motorsports, Quaker Chemicals, Clay Robbins Motors, and our continual patron saint, KUMHO TIRES. Without Kumho, we wouldn’t be here. Their generosity and support is stunning and I hope that you honor them by choosing their very excellent tires, whenever you can. You have no idea how supportive they have been. THANK YOU KUMHO.

Stand by for details of our return. Here’s my promise: a lap in the 6s.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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