Porsche obliterates Nordschleife record with 919 Evo

Porsche 919 Evo officially laps the 'Ring in 5:19.5 smashing the lap record

This feat sees him beat Stefan Bellof's record on the Nürburgring, one that dates back to May 28, 1983, when driving a Porsche 956 C, Bellof needed 6:11.13 minutes to complete a full lap of the Green Hell.

Porsche has set a new all-time lap record at the Nurburgring with a time of 5:19.55s in its modified Le Mans racer, the 919 Hybrid Evo.

The machine in which the record was broken today - the Porsche 919 Evo project.

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 vehicle for a record attempt.

And what a race vehicle it turned out to be!

Oh, and he's got two overall victories at the 24 Hours of LeMans to go with those, the second coming in 2017 behind the wheel of the 919 Evo's predecessor, the 919 Hybrid. Bernhard is a five-time overall victor of the 24 Hours Nürburgring, two-time outright victor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and current World Endurance Champion.

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

Last April, Porsche took the 919 Hybrid Evo with Neel Jani behind the wheel to Spa Francorchamps, where it also broke the overall lap record with a 1:14.770, beating the previous record set by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes F1 vehicle. Less than 30 minutes later he lapped the 12.9-mile circuit even quicker in 5min 24sec, before embarking on his final run, where the stopwatch showed the astonishing time of 5min 19sec.

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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