Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Porsche 919 Evo Obliterates All-Time Nurburgring Record

Porsche 919 Evo Obliterates All-Time Nurburgring Record

The new Nordschleife record was enough to play to the competitive nature of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who himself crashed at the Nurburgring while trying to set a lap record in 2009, but he admitted there was no budget in place to adapt an F1 vehicle for a record attempt.

Bernhard took on the challenge of beating the time, set by his childhood hero in the Porsche 919 Evo and after a quick warm up lap returned to the pits to get ready for a proper run.

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Behind the wheel of a Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo racer, German race driver Timo Bernhard has beaten the lap record on the Nürburgring. 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. It saw the lap record at the Nurburgring topple, breaking, after 35 long years, Stefan Bellof's time of 6min 11.13sec.

The lap was set by two-time Le Mans victor Timo Bernhard who managed to break the outright record at the 12.9 mile track which had stood for 35 years. Both the front diffuser and rear wing contain drag-reduction systems, and compared to the regulated 919, this auto puts out 53 percent more downforce.

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It also has 50 percent more downforce and active aerodynamics, including Formula 1-style Drag Reduction System incorporated into its rear wing.

The Nürburgring circuit in Germany, nicknamed "the Green Hell" for its torturous corners and tree-lined tarmac, is considered by many to be the world's most hard race track, and lap times around it are often used as a benchmark for high-performance cars. Porsche confirmed it would not be attempting another record today, but engineers hinted that if the track temperatures were cooler the vehicle could go even quicker.

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

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