Back in 2011 when the Viper ACR gained the production car lap record with a time of 7:12.13, the track version the ACR-X was doing some hot laps.
At the time we was spending some time with the guys from the Viper Club of America and showing them around some of the many good photo spots on the Nordschleife, they hinted at the time the ACR-X achieved but thought id hold on until the video surfaced.
Well here it is the SRT ACR-X Managed to lap the ring in an impressive 7:03.05
The ACR-X is powered by a 8.4-liter V10, with revised headwork and free flowing exhaust it gains around 40hp more than the standard model.
Dodge Viper ACR sets new Nürburgring lap time of 7:12 after we earlier reported that they was lapping the Nurburgring.
The 2010 Dodge Viper ACR set a new major automaker production car record run of the Nordschleife in just 7:12.
In 2008 the Dodge Viper ACR went to the Ring and established a major automaker production car one lap record time of 7:22.1 on the Nürburgring, and now after 1 day and a few hours extra of lap time they have shaved 10 seconds of the time.
The ACR X also managed a 7:03 but as its a track only car it doesn’t stand and was also sporting full slicks which is a testament of the achievement the guys at Tomball Dodge and Vulkan Racing have achieved.
As there is no video at the moment this is unconfirmed. Click The Picture to see the full Gallery
Everytime there is a lap record beaten it is always argued by the manufacturers to the legality of the attempt and the actual class of the Vehicle.
So last night I spent some time just going through the Historic and other controversial lap records, I wasnt really interested in the class of car nor the actual legality of it on the road.
I want to do this on the Technological achievements of engine development through the Years.
In the past couple of years here are the top 5 lap times:-
Radical SR8 LM
Gumpert Apollo Speed
Donkervoort D8 270 RS
All the above times has caused stirs in the industry to the legality of the record arguing that for Example:-
“The Radical SR8 LM would not pass a German TUV test so is not really a Road Legal Car.”
“The Gumpert is not really a mass production sportscar so doesnt count.”
“Ferrari have made there own class and the only one in it.”
All in all we could spend hours arguing over the legality and validity of the above times and also non of the above cars was scrutineered to prove it’s as per production.
So what is the conclusion of the above nothing really, but the Radical SR8 is the fastest trackday weapon for relatively little cash.
I wasnt happy with that conclusion, So I went back to the wiki to compare competition Classes, two stood out:-
Manufacturer Model Driver + Laptime
Porsche 956 1983 – Stefan Bellof
Ferrari 312T 1975 – Niki Lauda
So my conclusion is that the Radical SR8 LM is better than the Ferrari 312T built in 1975, and still chasing the Porsche’s 956 6.11 made in 1983.
So after years of development and manufacturers insistance to add electronics and safety cells in turn increased weight hasnt really achieved the same lap times as competition class cars from nearly 30 years ago.
And heres a tribute for the best ever Nordschleife Recorded Lap Record Stefan Bellof 6:11
So the next topic of debate has the track changed from past-present but I will save that for somebody else to address…..