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The Viper’s one-time Nurburgring lap record almost never happened. In fact, Dominick Farnbacher, who set the incredible 7:12 lap time, was never even supposed to drive the car.
That, at least, is the story according to Farnbacher’s SRT Viper #91 co-driver Marc Goossens.
It’s only part true.
Some of the official details of the story are already known. With production of the second generation Viper coming to an end and the new car not yet being made, Chrysler officially had no cars to use for its record-setting attempt back in 2011.
Instead Tomball Dodge donated two 2010 Viper ACRs for the test, which were then promptly shipped to the German race track.
Where the story really gets interesting is what happened next, something Farnbacher told us over dinner ahead of his race this weekend at Canadian Tire
Chrysler is putting a temporary stop to production yet again as it struggles to clear its glut of it high-end sports car.
AutoBlog reports that Chrysler is idling Viper production at its Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit again. Chrysler briefly resumed production of its halo car from June 23 to July 3 after halting production for two months. But rather than re-starting assembly following the July 4 long weekend, the company is putting the Viper back in a holding pattern.
Chrysler’s supply of Vipers climbed from a 202 to 296 day supply between May and June with an inventory of 700 units according to data from Automotive News. The 2014 SRT Viper carries a starting MSRP of $104,840 including delivery and is proving to be a tough sell. C
hrysler launched the Viper ahead of Chevrolet debuting the seventh-generation Corvette Stingray, which is less powerful but also much more affordable. Meanwhile, Chevrolet is
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