Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Smashes Nordschleife Lap Record

Video of The 919 Tribute Tour On-board record lap Nordschleife

The press release has been attached at the end.

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. Now freed from the restrictions of the WEC, Porsche could maximize the potential of this auto. Time to beat? 6 minutes and 11.13 seconds.

Bernhard lapped the 20.8-kilometre circuit in 5:19.55, beating the 35-year old record by nearly a minute.

First time out the five-time N24 victor posted a time of 5min 31sec, breaking the record by 40sec. In an ideal scenario, a 4:51 time could be within reach.

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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Even if 5:19 is the best Porsche can do for the time being, it's still a mighty impressive achievement taking into account it improves the old record by a whopping 52 seconds.

We'll keep you posted once the record lap time is officially official.

Two-time Le Mans victor Timo Bernhard was behind the wheel of the specially modified LMP1 racer and shaved almost a full minute off the 6m11.13s time achieved by Bellof at the Nurburgring 1000 km in 1983.

Driving the record-setting race vehicle was Timo Bernhard, a veteran endurance racer with a whopping five victories at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring to his name from behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3-RSR.

A comprehensive press release with images, on-board video and quotes will follow later today.

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