Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Sets New Nürburgring Record

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The 919 Hybrid Evo is a modified version of Porsche's most recent Le Mans prototype, which won the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Porsche's 919 Hybrid Evo was up and running early this morning at the Nurburgring's Nordschleife where it successfully beat Stefan Bellof's 35-year-old lap record of the daunting circuit. 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. On May 28 in 1983, Stefan Bellof lapped the world-renowned track with a Porsche 956 C in a legendary time of 6:11.13 minutes. Bernhard sets an incredible time of 5min19.55. The hybrid system captures energy from the front brakes and the exhaust system, storing it in a lithium-ion battery. Now freed from the restrictions of the WEC, Porsche could maximize the potential of this vehicle.

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.

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

This comes after Neel Jani broke the Spa-Francorchamps lap record earlier this year in the heavily modified 1160 horsepower LMP1 vehicle, with a 1:41.8.

Porsche is taking the 919 Hybrid Evo on a global road trip as a farewell journey before it's placed in a museum, and the first leg of its trip was smashing the lap record at Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit back in April.

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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