Soon: Dodge Viper SRT-10 breaks the Nurburgring record
As they said, records are used to break. Nürburgring track time has always been the focus of contention among performance manufacturers. Porsche is particularly eager to maintain its dominant position on the track. After arguing with Nissan (who competes with GT-R for the championship) over who is the top dog, Porsche set the 911 GT2 RS record in April 2010 in 7 minutes and 18 seconds. This record has been maintained until this month, when Lexus shortened the time by 4 seconds, setting a new record for the LFA Nürburgring Edition. This is an effort sponsored by the manufacturer, with racer Iida Akita behind the wheel. Although Porsche's record has been maintained for more than a year, Lexus will have to complete it in just a few weeks.
The rabble rousers at Dodge decided to make hay by taking the street-legal 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR badk to track. While it is now discontinued, two new models were selected from dealer Tomball Dodge’s showroom in Tomball, Texas. Dodge previously took to the track with a 2008 model Viper SRT-10 ACR, and posted a time of 7:22.10.
The 2010 model features a few minor changes, like an updated aerodynamics kit and a shorter final drive ratio of from 0.74 to 0.80. With the updated model, Dodge set a new record of 7:12.13, 10 seconds faster than in 2008 and good enough to beat the Lexus record. The record is for a mainstream production manufacturer vehicle; as far as publicly available vehicles in general cars from Gumpert and Radical place higher.
However, Dodge can reasonably say that they beat LFA Nurburgring in time. However, Lexus still has the fastest Nürburgring car available for sale. This is Porsche, this is the new standard. The standard 911 is 13 seconds shorter than the lap time of the previous generation. Some things tell us that the future GT3 and GT2 models will meet the challenge. Check out Dodge's record-breaking running video below.
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