Viper Passion Leads Journey to Set the Speed Record Straight

June 16, 2017

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Throughout the automotive and aviation business, Michigan-based Prefix Corp. is typically known as the company that manufacturers partner with to bring their new designs to life. The Prefix team, utilizing wide-ranging capabilities, creates technologically advanced concept vehicles and prototypes-from concept luxury cars and business jets, and even spaceships seen in Hollywood films.

To hardcore Viper enthusiasts, Prefix is best known as the place where all current Vipers are meticulously hand-painted. At their Auburn Hills, Michigan facility, every Viper receives a labor-intensive paint and finishing process typically reserved for custom show cars. Additionally, Prefix dyno-tests every massive Viper V10 engine prior to installation, and the company’s interior trim department provides custom luxury interiors to those who want something truly one-of-a-kind.

So, when Dodge announced that this summer production of the Viper would come to an end, Prefix and many within the Viper community desired a way to send-off the Viper with a loud V10 roar.

Next month, Prefix Corp., Kumho Tire USA, The Viper Exchange, BJ Motors, and an exceedingly passionate group of Viper enthusiasts will return to Germany in an attempt to take back the Nürburgring speed record with a production fifth-generation Viper ACR Extreme.

The challenging 13-mile race track that circles the small village of Nürburg-also known as The Ring to gear heads around the globe-can arguably be considered the ultimate in bragging rights, when completing a lap in record time.

“The logistics and expense involved to take on this challenge are enormous,” said event organizer Russ Oasis. “We really appreciate everyone involved in supporting the effort and making this happen.”

In 2011, the Viper captured the Nürburgring record with the fastest production car lap. The production car record is currently held by a Lamborghini Huracán Performante, although many in the automotive world dispute the Lamborghini’s time and feel that the Porsche 918 is the rightful owner of the current record.

This Viper group believes taking back the record from all contenders would be a great way to celebrate the car’s impressive run as America’s Supercar.

“Prefix has a long history with the Viper and with the many Viper club members around the world,” said Jhan Dolphin, Prefix sales and marketing director,. “This is a huge challenge, but regardless of the outcome, supporting this effort is a great way to celebrate the car and our passionate friends who drive them.”

It is nearly impossible to deny the Viper’s performance capability, with a previous Nürburgring record and currently holding track records at 13 different U.S. racetracks. So why bother?

When speaking to those involved, it is clear that this effort is purely about automotive passion.

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