Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Porsche smashes Nurburgring lap record

Porsche smashes Nurburgring lap record

Porsche has obliterated the long-standing record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife as part of its 919 Hybrid Evo farewell tour.

Porsche's 919 Hybrid Evo was up and running early this morning at the Nurburgring's Nordschleife where it successfully beat Stefan Bellof's 35-year-old lap record of the daunting circuit.

The previous lap record, set by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 C, had stood for 35 years but was eclipsed by 51.58s on Thursday when Timo Bernhard hooked up a remarkable lap in the 919 Hybrid Evo.

Porsche competed in the LMP1 division of the World Endurance Championship with the 919 Hybrid from 2014 to 2017, taking three straight titles and successive Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

And what a race auto it turned out to be!

In light of its achievement in Belgium and Germany, we wouldn't be surprised to see the 919 Evo embark on a global lap-record offensive, heading to other tracks where it has previous in the WEC, such as Le Mans, Silverstone and Fuji.

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Wrestling the vehicle through all 12.94 miles of track was Timo Bernhard, a five-time victor of the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race and two-time overall victor at Le Mans.

It also has 50 percent more downforce and active aerodynamics, including Formula 1-style Drag Reduction System incorporated into its rear wing.

Video: Watch the record-breaking onboard lap.

This wouldn't be enough for the German and the Porsche team as they would go out for another run, this time beating its own record with a time almost five seconds quicker of 5:19:546, with an average speed of 145.68mph over the 12.93 mile circuit.

The next stop on the 919's record-chasing farewell tour will be the Goodwood Festival of speed at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom on July 12-15.

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