Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Smashes Nordschleife Lap Record

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Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Smashes Nordschleife Lap Record

Timo Bernhard, who was part of Porsche's title-winning LMP1 programme, was behind the wheel on Friday morning as the 919 Hybrid Evo smashed a new lap record.

Until now, no one has been able to beat the time set by the Porsche 956 C more than 35 years ago. 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.

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.

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 auto for a record attempt.

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. With a 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 engine paired to a hybrid system, the 919 Hybrid Evo delivers a total output of 1,160 hp. The man in the vehicle - Timo Bernhard. Porsche also increased aerodynamics with a larger front diffuser, new rear wing, and fixed height side skirts, contributing to a 53 percent increase in downforce.

Oh, and let's not forget that the 919 Evo has already broken Lewis Hamilton's Spa Francorchamps F1 record with Porsche works driver Neel Jani behind the wheel.

The next stop on the 919's record-chasing farewell tour will be the Goodwood Festival of speed at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom on July 12-15.

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