Porsche Smashes Nürburgring Lap Record [VIDEO]
Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Evo has obliterated the Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap record with a time of 5:19.55. The previous record had been held by Porsche since 1983.
Two-times Le Mans winner and reigning World Endurance Champion, Timo Bernhard, beat the 35-year-old record (6:11.13) held by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 C, lapping well inside the six-minute barrier. Bernhard navigated the 20.8 kilometre long “Green Hell” at the wheel of the 720hp 919 Hybrid Evo – a development of Porsche’s LMP1 prototype with which it won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles.
The 919 Hybrid Evo is fitted with development parts intended for use during the 2018 WEC season, these were mothballed following Porsche’s withdrawal from the series at the end of 2017. Several aerodynamic modifications appear on the car compared to the version Porsche raced in 2017, these include a new larger front diffuser, rear wing, and side skirts. The aero modifications more than doubled the 919 Hybrid’s levels of downforce.
The Nürburgring lap follows another newly established track record at Spa-Francorchamps with the same de-restricted version of the 919 Hybrid. In April Neel Jani lapped the Belgian circuit in 1:41.770, faster than any Formula One car ever, beating the previous record set by Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of a Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid (securing him pole position for last year’s Grand Prix) by 0.783 seconds.
Watch the full onboard video of the Nürburgring attempt below: