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Take Back The Ring: Viper nearly set a track record through crowdfunding

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BEAM Staff
October 12, 2017
This summer, a crowdfunding campaign led by Viper fans, came close to setting a track record at Nurburgring for the fastest lap registered for a production car. Ultimately, the car took third place but came remarkably close to meeting their objective with a run of just 7min 1s.

The attempt to have the Viper win the title of fastest lap it once held back in 2011, started with a crowdfunding campaign launched by enthusiast Russ Oasis, which ultimately came close to its goal, raising over $201,000 from near 600 contributors.

Their effort to 'Take Back The Ring' was further assisted by the Texas Viper Exchange that provided the two stock cars that were ultimately wrecked during the attempt. Additional sponsors included Kumho and Prefix.

Although the record for fastest lap by a production car was smashed less than a month ago by a Porsche 911 GT2 coming at just 6 min 47s, the number that the Vipers set out to beat was the Lamborghini Aventador's 6 min 59 seconds.

At the wheel was Dominik Farnbacher, a German pro pilot most famous for his participation in the Le Mans series. He was also the one driving the Viper ACR in Nurburgring in 2011 when he set the record for fastest lap. 

With a final time of 7 min and 1 second, the Viper still managed to get the title of fastest American car on the track but comes in only in 4th place for fastest lap, outranked by a Porsche, a Lamborghini and a Nissan GT-R Nismo.

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