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Lord Of The 'Ring: Return Of The King!

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On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:39AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Lord Of The 'Ring:  Return Of The King!

Thanks to the sport sedan war between the M5 and CTS-V (among others), the legendary Nurburgring has become something of a household name. What was once known only to racers and hardcore fans, the 'Ring has become the proof in the pudding for just about everyone walking through a showroom these days. For those few that still are not up to date, the Nurburgring is a 12.9-mile race track in Germany that is universally agreed upon by racers to be one of, if not the, most difficult tracks in the world. 

The Viper ACR laid down the gauntlet three years ago (when it was still in production) with a time of 7:22 and as far as major manufacturer sports cars went, the Viper held the crown since then. In that time the unstoppably fast 620-horsepower Porsche GT2 RS did beat the ACR's time in 2010, but with only 500 units made, it didn't quite qualify as a mass-produced vehicle. But the Corvette ZR1 did meet the production specs necessary to qualify as a production car, and in June of this year became the new king of the hill by putting down a sickening time of 7:19:63. But unlike the long reign of the Viper in 2008, the ZR1 was on top for a measly two-and-a-half months before the $400 grand Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition took the title from the mighty Vette by besting it by almost five seconds exactly with a time of 7:14:64. 

But, now, before the champagne has even had time to dry off of the exotic's paint job, Autoweek is reporting that a production 2010 Viper ACR has returned as the lord of the ‘Ring by hacking off another five seconds from the time by the super-Lexus and posting a spine-twisting 7:12:13 on September 15th. Although the Viper ACR is not a car in production, it still qualified as a production car. Two Vipers were provided by a Texas Dodge dealership to the SRT folks at Chrysler who then tweaked the aerodynamics for a bit more downforce, then gave the snakes a shorter fifth gear for better acceleration, and finished off with a shorter throw shifter to help get every extra tenth of a second they could out of the car. Obviously, it worked. If you don't believe us, then check out YouTube for the video clips of the big, bad Viper (and driver Dominik Farbacher) roar to victory!

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