Multimedia

So you think you've got what it takes to be a racecar driver?

Posted by: Mark Bilek

Dodge fired the latest salvo in the ultimate game of automotive one-upmanship, as it made history on Sept. 14, 2011. Veteran GT driver Dominik Farnbacher piloted a street-legal, 600-horsepower 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR to new lap record of 7:12.13 at famed 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife. (See video after jump.)

"We're extremely proud to set the lap record for a second time at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "Our team returned to Germany knowing we'd left some time on the track when we set our first lap record, so this effort shows the incredible depth and capability the Viper ACR has by running a full 10 seconds faster than we did in 2008."

The street-legal Viper ACR is factory-equipped and tuned for outstanding track performance with coil-over racing dampers that are adjustable for both damping and ride height. The shocks are two-way factory adjustable without removing the wheels - a timesaver at any track configuration - and they include a large range for compression and rebound adjustment. Aerodynamics are also adjustable via carbon-fiber rear wing with seven-position stanchions and an adjustable front splitter.

The Viper ACR holds benchmark lap times at the following road courses:

  • Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Ill. 2:37.70
  • Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, Calif. 1:55.70
  • Gingerman Raceway (1.88-mile original course), South Haven, Mich. 1:26.70
  • Grattan Raceway, Belding, Mich. 1:22.70
  • Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas, Calif. 1:33.90
  • Miller Motorsport Park (3.05-mile outer loop), Tooele, Utah 1:59.90
  • Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, N.Y. 2:26.37
  • MotorSport Ranch (3.1-mile full course), Cresson, Texas 2:19.00
  • Nelson Ledges Road Course, Garrettsville, Ohio 1:08.90
  • New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J. 1:28.08
  • No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La. 1:16.90
  • Nürburgring Nordschleife, Nürburg, Germany 7:12.13
  • Putnam Park, Mount Meridian, Ind. 1:12.60
  • Sebring Full Course, Sebring, Fla. 2:19.47
  • Spring Mountain (2.2-mile layout), Pahrump, Nev. 1:45.40
  • Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas 1:47.56
  • Top Gear USA (El Toro), Irvine, Calif. 1:22.00
  • Virginia International Raceway (3.27-mile full course), Alton, Va. 2:00.63
  • Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, Calif. 1:26.00

By the way, notice that Dominik Farnbacher is actually shifting gears and operating a clutch, no fancy paddle shifters here. Three cheers for the red, white and blue!

« Last Post Next Post »

View all Posts from this Blog

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS15

Blog

More

Tuesday, October, 28, 2014

12 Essentials Items to Store in your Car for the Winter

Ever heard of Murphy's Law? "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." With that in mind, a flat ...

Thursday, October, 16, 2014

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Long Chicago Winters

Yes, I know fall has just begun. If you're a Chicagoan, you know that means winter is right around the corner. ...

Friday, October, 10, 2014

Subaru Fights Accidents With EyeSight

When Subaru introduced the all-new 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show this past February, much mention was made ...

Tuesday, October, 07, 2014

Chicago Auto Show Stars Hit the Road at MAMA Rally

This year's Midwest Automotive Media Association's Fall Rally featured a number of 2014 Chicago Auto Show ...

Monday, October, 06, 2014

MAMA Fall Rally Picks

Each fall, approximately 70 MAMA members flock to Autobahn Country Club of Joliet for the chance to jump behind the ...

Saturday, October, 04, 2014

Z06 Officially Fastest Production Chevy Ever!

Chevrolet continued the recent tradition of making manufacturer news at Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally ...

Friday, October, 03, 2014

SUVs for Everyone the '14 MAMA Fall Rally

Given the opportunity to test more than 70 vehicles on the street, track and trail at the recent Midwest Automotive ...

Thursday, September, 25, 2014

All-new 2015 Ford Edge Available Early Next Year

Will the 2015 Ford Edge be the most popular utility vehicle among Millennials next year? Ford sure hopes so.

Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

Volkswagen Beetles Out To Prove They Can Win

The No. 34 Rockstar Volkswagen Beetle GRC made is world debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show this past February with ...

Wednesday, September, 17, 2014

Hyundai Continues the Fight against Childhood Cancer

Since Hyundai launched its Hope On Wheels program in 1998, the automaker has been able to rise $87 million for the ...

More

10/31/2014 6:53:04 PM

The Bulls home season opener is tonight and we're reliving the time Benny the Bull visited the 2014 Chicago Auto Show #FlashbackFriday

10/31/2014 12:01:04 PM

Do you dress up your car for #Halloween? If so share your picture with us

10/30/2014 9:01:07 AM

The show floor at the 1917 Chicago Auto Show #tbt

10/29/2014 6:50:05 PM

Last year, Jimmy Butler made an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show! Tonight he and the Chicago Bulls kickoff their season. Good luck

10/29/2014 3:46:21 PM

Honda promotes its newly redesigned CR-V through the first-ever Trick-Or-Treat event on Twitter by asking its fans to use #TreatPromo to get a candy coupon from Mike and Ike on Halloween

10/28/2014 3:01:06 PM

Chicago winters can be brutal! Pack these 12 items in your trunk to be prepared in any emergency situation: http://bit.ly/1tfsjKz

10/28/2014 11:36:03 AM

What year was the first electric traffic signal put in place? Bonus points if you know in which US State! Double bonus points if you know the intersection… off the top of your head. No using Google for this one! #TriviaTuesday

More

10/31/2014 3:01:11 PM

@ChiAutoShow Thank you! Happy Halloween from us!

10/31/2014 2:51:43 PM

@askpatty Thanks for the RT :) #HappyHalloween

10/31/2014 2:51:15 PM

@Rennology Thanks for the RT. We hope your #Halloween has been great so far!

10/31/2014 2:50:15 PM

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde? Check out the split personalities of @Honda_UK’s #Civic and #TypeR. Press “R” while watching: http://t.co/xeKZMgUEjx

10/31/2014 11:46:23 AM

Do you dress up your car for #Halloween? #CarCostumes #Audi http://t.co/ST8TxzusWB

10/31/2014 11:27:23 AM

Wheelspin Daily is out! http://t.co/czmvZ5JeDK Stories via @ChiAutoShow

10/31/2014 10:02:20 AM

@ZAGrrl thanks for noticing :)

10/31/2014 9:28:15 AM

@ChiAutoShow @Honda @mikeandike I got my free candy already! Thx Honda & Mike&Ike http://t.co/c5sqBdONdj

10/31/2014 8:47:02 AM

Do you dress up your car for #Halloween? If so share your picture with us! We'll RT our faves. http://t.co/OaRAbZ7SwJ