Porsche broke the lap record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a 919 Hybrid Evo after driving 5'19.55 minutes on the historic racetrack.
The previous lap record of Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 C had stood for 35 years, but was overshadowed on Thursday by 51.58s when Timo Bernhard completed a remarkable lap in the 919 Hybrid Evo. At Döttinger Höhe the car reached 230 km / h, but its speed through the 73 corners of the racetrack was not long in coming.
The 919 Hybrid Evo is a modified version of Porsche's latest Le Mans prototype, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours The same car overtook Lewis Hamilton's qualifying lap record at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this year by 0.783 seconds [1
The Nordschleife's new record was enough to defy the competition of Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who had crashed at the Nürburgring in 2009 and set a lap record in 2009 to place an F1 car for one Adjust record attempt.
"Funny that you say that, I thought this morning when I saw the time, it's obviously unbelievable what they've achieved, 5: 19 is almost a minute faster than Bellof drove in a sports car, one and a half minutes faster than what I was up to, and it ended in tears.
"I talked to the guys this morning and they said it's just unbelievable, it's like a spaceship flying around the track. It would be interesting to put a Formula 1 car on the Nordschleife and see what it does, but it's more of a twist than a realistic idea that someone will fund. "