Porsche Crushes 35-year Nurburgring Record!

The holy grail of speed records—yes, the Nurburgring Nordschleife record achieved by Porsche with the talented Stefan Bellof at the wheel of a Porsche 956 C way back in May 1983—has been decimated by who else – Porsche.

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A record that had withstood 35 years was the benchmark for any manufacturer or driver who dared to run on the track. Porsche achieved this remarkable feat by shaving off a mind-numbing 51.58 seconds!!! That is almost a minute!!!

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With its glorious racing heritage of more than 30,000 wins in all types of racing configurations, 19-times 24 Hours of Le Mans winners (yea, that’s a record), multiple Monte Carlo and Paris-Dakar rally championships, and numerous victories in Formula 1, Porsche has achieved every conceivable win in any race and left every other manufacturer miles behind.

The latest record stamps Porsche authority on the track even deeper and trumpets a resounding success for the Stuttgart-based automaker.

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Timo Bernhard, the five-time winner of the 24 Hours Nurburgring, twice overall winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans, was the best driver for the job. With his impressive credentials, he drove the 919 Hybrid Evo right off its wheels and placed himself in the history books. The 919 Hybrid Evo is a machine like no other. It is a modified version of the 919 race car that won the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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And after Porsche pulled the plug on its race programme (what else was there to prove?), it decided that instead of just having the cars sit in a museum, why not remove all the FIA regulations and restrictions and build them to be as fast as possible. It has broken many records already, including at Spa earlier this year, and this was a good chance for race engineers to go bonkers to show what they can and will do.

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This resulted in horsepower from the hybrid drivetrain being dialled up to 1160 and a 50% increase in downforce. The Evo weighs 1,871 pounds and reached a top speed of 229.5 mph at the ‘Ring, with the record-setting lap having an average speed of 145.3 mph.

The fuel-flow restrictor (a fuel-saving device) had been thrown out the window and the V4’s power (yes, V4) had been bumped up. The batteries now store 8.49 megajoules and the electric motors are capable of churning out 446PS! Yikes!!

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The Evo is 39kg lighter, and has active aerodynamic elements to help it develop more downforce in the corners and reduce drag on the straights. Michelin even made bespoke 310mm/18-inch tyres for the car, with each set of four being replaced every lap during an attempt!

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is on a 5-track tour this year as part of its farewell programme. Here’s the list of records – two down and three to go:

  • Spa-Francorchamps – Check
  • Nürburgring Nordschleife – Check
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed (12-15 July)
  • Festival of Porsche (2 September)
  • Laguna Seca circuit (27-30 September)

Watch the video of that earth-shattering record run:

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