In the summer of 2017, Road & Track brought you the story of an independent, crowdfunded group of enthusiasts working to get a final Nurburgring lap time for the now-discontinued Dodge Viper ACR. Now, a new documentary film goes behind the scenes to show exactly how this group of enthusiasts pulled it off—without any automaker support.
With two white-and-blue Viper ACR Extremes and a cadre of professional racing drivers with extensive 'Ring experience, the team became the first non-automaker-affiliated group to set an official Nurburgring lap time. The cars were factory stock (aside from necessary safety equipment), with the same tires, brakes and engine calibration you'd find in a Viper ACR Extreme on a dealership floor.
The going wasn't easy. Wet weather hampered track time scheduled months in advance. Mechanical issues cropped up, a result of running bone-stock cars at the absolute limit on the world's most challenging race track. There were moments of panic after a major crash.
But in the end, the team brought the Viper to the pinnacle of performance achievements: A 7:01.3 lap time. That makes the Viper the fastest rear-drive, fastest manual-transmission, and fastest American-made car to ever lap the circuit. With the Viper discontinued and most performance automakers opting for all-wheel drive and automated gearboxes, those records are likely to stand in perpetuity.
Watch below. It'll make you appreciate how much work and fervor went into this effort. And how stellar the Dodge Viper really was.