Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Porsche smashes Nurburgring Nordschleife record with 919 Hybrid Evo

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Mandy Jefferson | 30 June, 2018, 06:14

Before quitting WEC, Porsche totally dominated the endurance championship with the 919 Hybrid, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the FIA World Endurance Championship three times in a row including the manufacturers' and drivers' titles.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo managed to lob 52 seconds off the time set by Bellof back in 1983, with Bernhard managing to clock a time of 5min 19.546sec. Both the front diffuser and rear wing contain drag-reduction systems, and compared to the regulated 919, this vehicle puts out 53 percent more downforce. The folks over at Bridge to Gantry have been following Porsche's progress with the unrestricted version of its race auto in the company's quest to establish a new record for the fastest vehicle around the 'Ring.

Driving the record-setting race vehicle was Timo Bernhard, a veteran endurance racer with a whopping five victories at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring to his name from behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3-RSR. For some context, this lap was about 90 seconds faster than the production-car record holder, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

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.

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Over the course of the lap record the 919 hit a top speed of 229.28mph and covered the track at an average speed of over 148mph.

What's remarkable about this particular record attempt is that it took all of one hour to break the outright Nurburgring lap time.

Neel Jani set a new lap record at Belgian circuit Spa-Francorchamps, running extensive aerodynamic updates and more engine power on a lighter version of the 919.

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