Timo Bernhard breaks Nurburgring lap record in Porsche 919 Evo!
Jun 30, 2018, 06:13
For some context, this lap was about 90 seconds faster than the production-car record holder, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
And this is how Porsche views its adventure: "With this achievement, the two-times Le Mans victor and reigning World Endurance Champion has beaten the lap record on the revered 20.8 kilometre long German race circuit that stood for 35 years".
As for the one manhandling the beast, we're talking about Timo Bernhardt, who has won Le Mans in the 919, while also holding multiple Nurburgring 24H trophies in his cabinet.
A development of the auto Porsche won the Le Man 24 hours race in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the 919 Hybrid Evo is powered by a two-litre turbocharged V4 engine and two different energy recovery system.
And what a race vehicle it turned out to be!
First time out the five-time N24 victor posted a time of 5min 31sec, breaking the record by 40sec.
In fact, an earlier attempt the same day already smashed the record with a time of five minutes and 24.375 seconds, but Bernhard kept on pushing.
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. A dramatic aerodynamic makeover including the new front diffuser, larger rear wing and drag reduction systems help contribute to a 53 per cent increase in downforce.
Neel Jani used the 919 EVO to break the Spa-Francorchamps lap record earlier this year, with his 1:41.770 eclipsing the 1:42.553 set by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes-AMG F1 vehicle at the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.
Even so, the 919 Evo still clocked mind-boggling speeds at various points on the circuit.
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