Americas track monster, the Dodge Viper ACR is back for another crack at the Nurburgring record!
Posted on June 7, 2017
Can last generation race car tech and driver skill beat the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and McLaren P1 GTR?
When you picture the typical Gofundme campaign, you think of a family earning minimum wage trying to pay for their kid’s leukemia treatment, an aspiring doctor trying to get med school tuition, and the occasional sly teenager who’s trying to get their hands on the latest game console with a pity story. But the site is also full of unconventional grass roots efforts, like the Take Back The Ring campaign that seeks to put the Dodge Viper ACR back on the Nurburgring lap time leaderboard.
The fundraiser is put on by the Viper Club of America and has recently surpassed its goal of raising $159,000, blowing past it by procuring a sum of $165,160, to pay for supplies, transportation, and fees associated with a Nurburgring record attempt. This means that it’s go time. Originally, the organizers wanted to make the record run in April, but a post to the VCA Facebook page confirms that the attempt is now planned for July. The ViperExchange is supplying two Viper ACR Extremes that will be raced by two internationally-known Viper drivers, Dominik Farnbacher and Luca Stolz, who know the Ring like the back of their hands. Farnbacher already set the previous Viper record after securing a time of 7:12.13 around the track.
The problem with the ambitious goal is that the bar for fastest production car lap has been set higher since the Viper’s original run in 2011. To break the record, the drivers have to shave 28.93 seconds off of the previous ACR lap time to match the McLaren P1 GTR or 20.13 seconds to tie the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. That is no small feat, but the passion these guys have for the Viper is no casual enthusiasm. “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,” reads the Gofundme page. Whether determination is enough to make up neatly half a minute of track time remains to be seen, but we'll be tuned in to watch.
Aston Martin to take on Ferraris 812 Superfast next year!
Posted on November 5, 2017
Aston Martin's boss says the new Vanquish will be "bloody good." It better be if it's competing against the 812 Superfast. Just this week, Aston Martin made a final farewell to the current-generation Vanquish. The stunning S Ultimate Coupe and Volante, limited to just 175 examples, is likely to be the last model to be powered by a 595-horsepower naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12. It is of course paving the way for the all-new flagship model, which company boss Andy Palmer has confirmed to Autocar will be revealed and go on sale next year to compete with the Ferrari 812 Superfast. [...more]
Hamilton takes fourth world title to become Britains most successful F1 driver!
Posted on October 29, 2017
Lewis Hamilton was left with a surreal feeling after winning a fourth World Championship with a P9 finish in a chaotic race in Mexico. Hamilton, who started P3 on the grid, knew that a fifth-place finish higher would have been good enough to clinch the title regardless of what pole-sitter Vettel did. [...more]
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake - All 99 units already sold out!
Posted on October 24, 2017
It’s not just you, the variation in ultra-high luxury models is on the up and up as an ever wealthier clientele decides to put their money where their wheels are. The boom in the high-end luxury segment is leading us to a golden age of ultra-rare works of automotive art and is singlehandedly reviving the art of coachbuilding. And if the $850,000 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato wasn’t outlandish enough for your fancy tastes, the Italian coach builder has another model it revealed today. [...more]
Hamilton keeps on breaking records as he takes pole in Austin!
Posted on October 22, 2017
Lewis Hamilton’s weekend of dominance continued at his beloved Circuit of The Americas as he stormed to an 11th pole position of the season. The Brit who has topped every session so far, smashed the track record once again with a 1:33.108 on his first hot lap in Q3, with rival Sebastian Vettel closing to within two tenths to join the Brit on the front row of the grid. [...more]
Verstappen dominates in Malaysia!
Posted on October 1, 2017
Max Verstappen celebrated the end of his teens with a victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton was unable to take full advantage of Ferrari’s failures. Ferrari’s dramas continued on Sunday afternoon as Kimi Raikkonen, set to start P2, suffered a turbo issue on the way to the grid. He was pushed back to the pits with his mechanics working furiously on the car. He never made it back out. [...more]