T The Nübrugring Nordschleife's all-time lap record to date, a time of 6 minutes and 11.13 seconds, was over 35 years – 35 years and 31 days, to be exact. It was built by Stefan Bellof on 28 May 1983 in a 620 hp Rothmans Porsche 956 C and had survived the test of time. But Bellof's record did not match the latest race prototype technology when the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo destroyed its mark by a massive 51.88 seconds, adding a lap time of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds to the 12.9-mile track Average speed of 145.3 mph.
Timo Bernhard, a long-distance veteran with a whopping five wins in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3-RSR drove the record-breaking vehicle. Oh, and he has two overall wins at the LeMans 24 Hours to go with those, the second in 201
"This is a great moment for me and for the whole team, the highlight of the 919 program! The Evo was perfectly prepared and I gave it my all on this lap because of the aerodynamic pressure passages, which I never did before I know the Nordschleife very well, but today I got to know it again, "said the 37-year-old German in a statement.
Powered by the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is a turbocharged 2.0-liter V-4-yes, V, not me-that transmits a massive 720 horsepower to the rear wheels as well as an electric motor that powers up to 440 horsepower at times Front axle can send when enough energy has been captured by its KERS system. A sequential seven-speed racing transmission takes over the switching tasks, while braking is done exclusively by cable
Automobile Contributor Steven Cole Smith was in Germany on the occasion for this occasion. Stay tuned for his full report.