Japan vs North America in Germany. Those who remember the â€˜late unpleasantnessâ€™ back in the 40â€™s probably shake their heads in wonder. Thankfully, for performance car fans, itâ€™s all about the Nurburgring and a golden age for performance car bench-marking, around the most notorious race track in the world.
Japan took out round one early this year with a blistering 7:29 lap of the â€˜green hellâ€™ in its new R35 GT-R. We all knew that the General was up next with the ZR1 Corvette and the debate raged â€“ until the ZR1 fired off a 7:26. End of debate.
Not to be outdone, Dodge then rolled out the Viper ACR, a barely disguised track-day special but a production road car none-the-less and fired off a blistering 7:22.1. Game over â€“ at least until Nissan roll-out the more powerful and lighter-weight V-Spec GT-R.
The official videos below show you what the Viper ACRâ€™s record lap looks like from two different angles, inside the cockpit and via a camera attached to the ACRâ€™s right flank. Perhaps the most impressive feat is that the record lap was achieved with SRT engineer Tom Coronel at the wheel, and he had never driven the â€˜Ring before his record run. Coronel achieved the 7:22 time on just his fifth lap. You have to assume he knows his car...
Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Nurburgring Lap Record Run - In Car Camera
Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Nurburgring Lap Record Run - External Camera