Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Sets New Nürburgring Record

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Sets New Nürburgring Record Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Sets New Nürburgring Record
Sherri Watson | 29 June, 2018, 22:10

Two-time Le Mans victor Timo Bernhard was behind the wheel of the specially modified LMP1 racer and shaved almost a full minute off the 6m11.13s time achieved by Bellof at the Nurburgring 1000 km in 1983.

The new time is almost a minute quicker than the old record of 6:11.13 - and the old time did take a while to beat, as it was set by Formula 1 driver Stefan Bellof way back in May 1983.

Porsche factory driver Timo Bernhard has smashed the long standing lap record of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, set in 1983 by Steffan Bellof. With this achievement, the two-times Le Mans victor and reigning World Endurance Champion has beaten the lap record on the revered 20.8 kilometre long German race circuit that stood for 35 years. This made it an altogether different proposition to the open expanses and far-reaching run-off areas of Spa Francorchamps, where the 919 Evo also boasts the outright lap record. Due to the aerodynamic pressure passages go full throttle, which I never imagined before. "But today I got to know her again", said the 37-year old German in a statement.

Starting life in 2014 as a Le Mans prototype racer which brought Porsche back to the winner's circle at the top of endurance racing, the 919 Hybrid has since evolved into the 919 Hybrid Evo as a no-holds-barred exercise in exploring the realm of what's possible when freed from sanctioned racing regulations. A seven-speed sequential racing gearbox handles shifting duties, while braking is handled entirely by wire.

Automobile contributor Steven Cole Smith was on the ground in Germany for the momentous occasion.