Take Back The Ring Record

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Our beloved Viper has set 13 track records in the US. Let’s go back to Nurburgring and re-take the ultimate international crown as we sail into the sunset.
    In September, 2011, the Viper ACR became the Nurburg "Ring King" when Dominik Farnbacher set the production car record at 7:12:13. Years later, the Porsche 918 took the title (with battery power assistance). Let's make our final statement and take Back The Ring.
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     Update... There's a lot going on for Viper lovers. Below, you'll find how we are rocking the automotive world with international stories about our mission and how we're going about accomplishing it.
Next, look for the in-car video to be up on-line shortly. Watch how fast Dominik Farnbacher responds. That's what makes him so good. Finally, after much head scratching and discussion, we feel that there is 5 seconds more in the car. That would bring us down to a 6:58. Will it beat the Porsche 918 time? We will have to return NEXT MONTH to find out. We were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time and got 3.5 hours in August. The only thing I'm waiting for prior to booking it, is a couple of single end-of-the-day runs, in case it rains for the entire 3.5 hours that we book. The 3.5 hours will cost approximately $45,000. That does not include the cost of traveling, hotels, etc. for the crew. So, it looks like we're crowdfunding again.
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If you contributed $250 or more, you are getting a commemorative poster. If you haven't already done so, please email your name and address to
viperringking@gmail.com. Spread the word, we only have 100 of the 300 addresses we need. Thanks everyone.
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Thanks so much for your support. We fell short of our campaign goals and now need to raise about $14,000. Please visit our new go fund me page "Viper Ring King 7:01 Final Expenses."
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Friday Update: Yesterday was our last day at the track. WOW, talk about emotional highs and lows. Since Dom and Mario were racing this weekend, Luca was in one car and we had another. After some due diligence, we found one of the fastest Ring drivers, Lance Arnold, who joined us in the second car. We also found 5 hours of track time, with a group that was renting the track for their club day. Both Luca and Lance were on track and Luca failed to come around the track. He had a tire failure at a high speed (left front) on the final straight. We put some fresh rubber on his car and sent him back out. Unfortunately, the next thing that happened was our own fault. In changing the differential fluid, the drain plug was only finger tightened and mistake slipped through the cracks. Oil leaked out until there was too little left in the diff and it broke. We were now down to one car. Rain was predicted for 1PM and our solo track time was 2PM. I cut a deal with the track days owner to let us go out at noon and we’d give him our 30 minutes at 2PM. We re-prepped Lance's car, put fresh tires on it and waited. He went out at 12 noon. On his first lap he turned a (wait for it......) 7:01.3. We were elated. We couldn't wait to see the time for his second lap. It was then that we were informed that there was a problem. Apparently, his left front tire (like Luca's) had a sidewall failure at about 160 mph while he was in a corner. He ALMOST saved it but the car brushed the left guard rail ever so lightly. At that speed, anything that upsets the car is bad, so it slid across the track and contacted the right guard rail. While it definitely wasn't the worst incident in the world, Vipers with broken parts are never pretty. The airbag went off and all of that (that's what happens when you run production cars). Lance was fine but bummed out because he felt the car was ready to best the 6:57 mark. He did the 7:01.3 on his FIRST lap.
I want to point out that the cost of all of the damage now falls on Bernie and Ben at Viper Exchange, who own the car. This is why I found it odd that some folks were saying that Viper Exchange would profit on selling these cars when we were done with the record runs. Any possible profits will be used to repair the car that contacted the armco. The gofundme donations will pay 1) the track for repair to the rail and 2) the owner of the track-day because we took up 1.5 of his hours instead of 1 and he asked that we compensate him, which is fair.
So, there you have it. Our big adventure to the Nurburgring comes to an end. We have not had a driver who feels that the car is not a mid 6:50's car. I think that we asked a bit much of the tires on this particular track. There's a reason it’s called "The Green Hell." Viper Nation, we did the best we could with what we had to work with. It's hard not being supported by the factory in any way. We did it with YOUR gofundme contributions, tires and funds by Kumho, spare engines by Prefix (fortunately we didn't need them), 2 complete and free cars from Viper Exchange and BJ Motors, and other generous donations by members of the Viper community. So many donations, that the only way to list those who gave more than $250 is on the poster, which we will start working on. I will try to write a post-script from the plane, on the way back to the states.
We will post the video and data shortly. Our data guy is on vacation and we have to figure out how to get it off the drive. As soon as we do, we'll post it.
Again, thank you all and please know that the only thing that kept us apart from a 6:5x was time and money. Here's the 7:01.3 lap that all of this was for.
If you'd like to help us pay our final bills after the incident, the gofundme page is still live.

https://youtu.be/r-Qb7W0OD4M
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Hey Everyone,
I hope you're reading out (close to) daily updates on the Ring King FB page. You probably know that we are still in Germany and have purchased more solo time this week at The Ring. Please help us cover the costs. We're so close to success. And thank you for everything you've done to this point to get us here.
Right Before Our Friday Attempt
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Sulaiman Rochemont
19 months ago
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Hello everyone, want to do a new record set at the Nurburgring with the all new ACR Extreme. Well, easy, I have one at my place, I live in a Belgium. We will just need the same driver or someone else to drive my car. I will personally let the driver set the record with my Viper. I will help to spent less money to all of you.

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Mark Chatterton
15 months ago
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Why doesn't Dodge or even FCA step up? Have they been approached?

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Russ Oasis
19 months ago
2
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For each and every person that has contributed already, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Can you please post it on your Viper friends facebook pages so that we can get this thing going virally. Please help get the word out. I'm at Sebring with some other Viper racers this weekend (1/19/17). If you're here, come over and say hi. Let's get this thing done. Everybody is going to flip out when they hear who the drivers are. Thank you Ben Keating and Viper Exchange for helping make this happen.

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Russ Oasis
19 months ago
2
2

Sulaiman, thank you so much for your offer. Obviously, the car(s) will be set up and tuned by the best ACR engineers. We will be doing that and outfitting the car(s) with racing seats and harnesses for safety, before they leave Viper Exchange. The best way you can help our effort is to contribute to the fund. Hope to see your contribution on the board!!! Thanks again.

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Mark Chatterton
15 months ago
1
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Thanks for the effort, support, and participation. Any word from Sergio.. Ralph.. FCA.. Chrysler.. Dodge.. SRT.. ??? crickets ??? after all the years of owner product support .

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Douglas Scot Baldwin
16 months ago
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Why doesn't Dodge or even FCA step up? Have they been approached?

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Russ Oasis
19 months ago
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Bob Panoff, HUH? Tuning means tuning the suspension by setting the adjustable shocks, ride height, front splitter, setting toe-in, etc. The cars are stock and right off the showroom floor which is one of the reasons we are taking cars out of a dealer's stock. We can't use a customer's car for a number of reasons, ranging from not knowing what he has done to it in the past to liability. Because he is in a foreign country, we'd need a law firm and a change in legal venue to create an indemnity. There would be no way of knowing what Sulaiman's car has gone through. WHY MAKE THIS MORE COMPLICATED THAT IT NEEDS TO BE? We need two cars in case one has an issue and we can't get the parts in time. Bob, I appreciate your critical thinking but we need financial contributions more than anything else. How about helping?

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Robert Panoff
19 months ago
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Hi Russ. I hope all is well. Won't the cars have to be completely stock to break the record? What effect will putting non stock seats and a non stock harnesses have on that? And by "tuning" are you referring to suspension tuning or redoing the controller calibration? Suspension tuning would be permissible but I do not think that changing the controller calibration would be considered stock. Lastly, wouldn't it make sense to only take one car and let the engineers who I assume will be on site any way set up Sulaiman's car and use it as one of the two cars as long as he is willing to sign a document assuming the risk of any damage to the car during the test? Best, Bob

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Suzanne Carrington
13 months ago

Please support my gofundme. I don't have many friends but I am in a time of need. Anything helps even if it's just a share or a retweet. You can search: help save Suzanne's home. Thanks and have a blessed day.

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Jeremy Sdc
10 months ago

Hi Russ - I was wondering when we are going to get our helmets? Multiple time contributor - I hope to do more- congrats on the record!

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Stewart Phil
11 months ago

I wish you all the best !! You can make it !!! Go on for a "Ring record" !!

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Vincent Bingham
12 months ago

Taking the viper under 7:00 is a massive achievement. No all wheel drive, manual, not even paddles. Not to mention rear wheel drive. The extreme Aero package will be used more and at the right times. As for beating the record, That's tough remember million dollar cars have tried hard, factory backing. Porsche is the only one I would consider production.

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Greg Ryans
12 months ago

10 more seconds to go to beat the Huracan, but the 720S might be even quicker, go Viper!

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Athar Tayyab
14 months ago

This car has GOT to break the record!!! Go VIPER!

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Harrison Lansing
14 months ago

How confident are you folks with a record run against the time the Huracan laid down? I'm all in favor of the final-gen Viper taking it's bows at the Ring, don't get wrong, and would love to see it go out on top.

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Steve Sarner
17 months ago

Way to go Doug!!

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Robert Panoff
19 months ago

Thank you for the feedback Russ. Contribution made. Sempre SRT

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Robert Panoff
19 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Russ. Contribution made.

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Robert Panoff
19 months ago

Thank you for the answer Russ. How about the other question regarding the seat and harness change out. Will that affect the car being considered stock for the record? Please answer this question then I will decide whether to make a contribution. Money comes after the completion of due diligence not before my friend. You know that.

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Chris Mobley
10 months ago

Mom always said, "you break it...you buy it"

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10 months ago

Raffle the cars ...

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10 months ago
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MICHAEL TOMEO
11 months ago

Talk about the heart of a race team and car!

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Team Viper
11 months ago

The Team at 1st Daytona rebuilt Canaska's Viper overnight!

Sulaiman Rochemont
19 months ago
7
7

Hello everyone, want to do a new record set at the Nurburgring with the all new ACR Extreme. Well, easy, I have one at my place, I live in a Belgium. We will just need the same driver or someone else to drive my car. I will personally let the driver set the record with my Viper. I will help to spent less money to all of you.

+ Read More
Mark Chatterton
15 months ago
2
2

Why doesn't Dodge or even FCA step up? Have they been approached?

+ Read More
Russ Oasis
19 months ago
2
2

For each and every person that has contributed already, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Can you please post it on your Viper friends facebook pages so that we can get this thing going virally. Please help get the word out. I'm at Sebring with some other Viper racers this weekend (1/19/17). If you're here, come over and say hi. Let's get this thing done. Everybody is going to flip out when they hear who the drivers are. Thank you Ben Keating and Viper Exchange for helping make this happen.

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Russ Oasis
19 months ago
2
2

Sulaiman, thank you so much for your offer. Obviously, the car(s) will be set up and tuned by the best ACR engineers. We will be doing that and outfitting the car(s) with racing seats and harnesses for safety, before they leave Viper Exchange. The best way you can help our effort is to contribute to the fund. Hope to see your contribution on the board!!! Thanks again.

+ Read More
Mark Chatterton
15 months ago
1
1

Thanks for the effort, support, and participation. Any word from Sergio.. Ralph.. FCA.. Chrysler.. Dodge.. SRT.. ??? crickets ??? after all the years of owner product support .

+ Read More
Douglas Scot Baldwin
16 months ago
1
1

Why doesn't Dodge or even FCA step up? Have they been approached?

+ Read More
Russ Oasis
19 months ago
1
1

Bob Panoff, HUH? Tuning means tuning the suspension by setting the adjustable shocks, ride height, front splitter, setting toe-in, etc. The cars are stock and right off the showroom floor which is one of the reasons we are taking cars out of a dealer's stock. We can't use a customer's car for a number of reasons, ranging from not knowing what he has done to it in the past to liability. Because he is in a foreign country, we'd need a law firm and a change in legal venue to create an indemnity. There would be no way of knowing what Sulaiman's car has gone through. WHY MAKE THIS MORE COMPLICATED THAT IT NEEDS TO BE? We need two cars in case one has an issue and we can't get the parts in time. Bob, I appreciate your critical thinking but we need financial contributions more than anything else. How about helping?

+ Read More
Robert Panoff
19 months ago
1
1

Hi Russ. I hope all is well. Won't the cars have to be completely stock to break the record? What effect will putting non stock seats and a non stock harnesses have on that? And by "tuning" are you referring to suspension tuning or redoing the controller calibration? Suspension tuning would be permissible but I do not think that changing the controller calibration would be considered stock. Lastly, wouldn't it make sense to only take one car and let the engineers who I assume will be on site any way set up Sulaiman's car and use it as one of the two cars as long as he is willing to sign a document assuming the risk of any damage to the car during the test? Best, Bob

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Suzanne Carrington
13 months ago

Please support my gofundme. I don't have many friends but I am in a time of need. Anything helps even if it's just a share or a retweet. You can search: help save Suzanne's home. Thanks and have a blessed day.

+ Read More
Jeremy Sdc
10 months ago

Hi Russ - I was wondering when we are going to get our helmets? Multiple time contributor - I hope to do more- congrats on the record!

+ Read More
Stewart Phil
11 months ago

I wish you all the best !! You can make it !!! Go on for a "Ring record" !!

+ Read More
Vincent Bingham
12 months ago

Taking the viper under 7:00 is a massive achievement. No all wheel drive, manual, not even paddles. Not to mention rear wheel drive. The extreme Aero package will be used more and at the right times. As for beating the record, That's tough remember million dollar cars have tried hard, factory backing. Porsche is the only one I would consider production.

+ Read More
Greg Ryans
12 months ago

10 more seconds to go to beat the Huracan, but the 720S might be even quicker, go Viper!

+ Read More
Athar Tayyab
14 months ago

This car has GOT to break the record!!! Go VIPER!

+ Read More
Harrison Lansing
14 months ago

How confident are you folks with a record run against the time the Huracan laid down? I'm all in favor of the final-gen Viper taking it's bows at the Ring, don't get wrong, and would love to see it go out on top.

+ Read More
Steve Sarner
17 months ago

Way to go Doug!!

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Robert Panoff
19 months ago

Thank you for the feedback Russ. Contribution made. Sempre SRT

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Robert Panoff
19 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Russ. Contribution made.

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Robert Panoff
19 months ago

Thank you for the answer Russ. How about the other question regarding the seat and harness change out. Will that affect the car being considered stock for the record? Please answer this question then I will decide whether to make a contribution. Money comes after the completion of due diligence not before my friend. You know that.

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