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Viper hits 7:01 on Ring

by David Zatz on

A crowdfunded group of privateers set a track time of 7 minutes, 1.3 seconds on the Nürburgring track in Germany, using a completely stock 2017 Dodge Viper on stock tires. That is a superb time for a privateer effort with rear wheel drive and a relatively affordable, high production car.

Lance Arnold, “one of the fastest Ring drivers,” made the new time — well under the 7:13s recorded earlier — on his first lap. A planned second lap was interrupted by a tire failure at 160 mph, which resulted in collisions with both guard rails and an airbag deployment. Lance said he believed he could have beaten 6:57 in the car on the next lap.

Viper at Ring Run

Many records on the Nürburgring course are set by manufacturers’ teams, who spend huge sums of money and keep trying with multiple cars, over multiple days, seeking the ideal weather. The Viper team had five hours, including some time swapped with another team.

The 7:01.3 time is still outstanding — enough to beat all other rear wheel drive stock cars. The fastest lap appears to have been set by an AWD electric car (6:45.9); the top “near-standard-production car” speed of 6:57.00 was set by the AWD Porsche 918 Spyder.  The Viper run sets it to #7 in the fast ’Ring cars, ahead of the AMG/Mercedes GT R (7:10.92) and Nissan GT-R Nismo (7:08.68), and well ahead of the last-generation Dodge Viper SRT10 (7:12.13).  The Chevrolet Corvette’s unofficial top speed, set by a magazine, was 7:13.90.

According to the site, the top cars are the AWD NextEV Nio EP9, a Chinese supercar; the Radical SR8LM, Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Radical SR8, Porsche 918 (AWD), Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, and then the Viper, which the site lists as having a 7:03.23 time. The EP9 lists for $1.5 million; the  SR8LM, for $180,000. 

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