Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Shatters Nürburgring Nordschleife Lap Record

Angelica Greene
June 30, 2018

Porsche driver Timo Bernhard beats the six-minute mark behind the wheel of a 919 Hybrid Evo at the "Green Hell".

Stephen Mitas, Porsche Team Chief Race Engineer pointed to the surprising conditions, lacking in grip, as a limiting factor in eclipsing the old record by the desired margin.

The numbers work out to an average speed of 233.8 km/h, and saw Bernhard break the old record, set by Stefan Bellof 35 years ago, by nearly a full minute.

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Timo Bernhard set a new record for the fastest lap ever of the Nürburgring Nordschleife on June 29, completing the well-known 20.8-km circuit in just 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds in a Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo race vehicle. "But today I got to know her again", said the 37-year old German in a statement. 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. The man in the auto - Timo Bernhard. In case you're wondering what the 919 Evo project is, it is Porsche's Le Mans-winning machine, but completely rid of WEC limitations. The 849-kg auto generates 50 percent more downforce than its WEC-spec variant thanks to the addition of active aerodynamic pieces.

During the record attempt Porsche actually broke the lap record three consecutive times; laps of 5:31s and 5:24s were set before the final attempt of 5:19.55s. In fact Bernhard's first run in the vehicle at the 'Ring this morning, already broke the record, after which he kept putting in laps, finally setting a record of 5min 19.546sec.

Stefan Bellof's record behind the wheel of a Porsche 956 C was established back in May 1983, and now after 35 years, it looks like we're getting ready to crown a new Lord of the Ring carrying the same Porsche crest.

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