Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo obliterates Nürburgring lap record

Yolanda Curtis
June 30, 2018

The stunningly fast Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo will continue its Tribute tour, with the next stop to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12-15.

Oh, and he's got two overall victories at the 24 Hours of LeMans to go with those, the second coming in 2017 behind the wheel of the 919 Evo's predecessor, the 919 Hybrid. The new record is a minute quicker than the 3 decade old all time record set by Stefan Bellof in the Porsche 956C in 1983.

Porsche has obliterated the outright Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record by setting a time of 5 minutes 19.55 seconds with a modified version of its Le Mans winning 919 race vehicle.

And what a race auto it turned out to be!

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. Now freed from the restrictions of the WEC, Porsche could maximize the potential of this auto.

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.

Porsche's dedicated 919 Evo was tweaked earlier this year, the manufacturer's engineers extracting more power from its V4 turbo engine and its hybrid systems and increasing the car's downforce by as much as 50 percent, thanks partly to an F1- inspired DRS rear wing.

This lap time was Porsche's final goal for its no-holds-barred prototype.

Even so, the 919 Evo still clocked mind-boggling speeds at various points on the circuit.

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