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by George Skentzos

Another week and another manufacturer is claiming to have conquered the Nürburgring, toppling the Nissan GT-R and current champ, the Corvette ZR1.

Dodge Viper ACR topples ZR1 at the Ring

With FIA World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Coronel behind the wheel, Dodge has claimed victory in a time of 7:22.1 using its absolutely insane Viper ACR.

The Viper ACR used in the record breaking lap was completely standard except for a Racetech seat with a six-point race harness for added safety.

However those familiar with the Viper ACR will know ‘stock’ is a term used very loosely when associated with this absolute weapon which treats the phrase “road-going” as a challenge in engineering limits.

Especially when the box marked ‘Hard Core Package’ is ticked – a no cost option which cuts almost 20kg off the curb weight.

 Dodge Viper ACR topples ZR1 at the Ring

Only about 10 percent of ACR buyers are insane enough to tick this box, blatantly boasting they think the car isn’t fast enough. It deletes the audio system, trunk carpet, rear cabin sound insulation, tire inflator kit, hood insulator, and steel battery cover.

Coronel’s first two laps were far from promising – a 7:42 and 7:35, until you realise it was his first time behind the wheel of the Viper ACR.

 Dodge Viper ACR topples ZR1 at the Ring

Coronel’s feedback from his first two laps led engineers to stiffen the front dampers for both compression and rebound and the rear dampers for compression.

The adjustable rear wing was also slightly revised while the front splitter stayed at its initial setting as did the ride height – told you this was no ordinary car.

 Dodge Viper ACR topples ZR1 at the Ring

Source: MotorTrend Photography: Charlie Magee




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