Porsche Smash Nürburgring Lap Record
The Nürburgring. It’s always ben a benchmark of sped and agility, incorporating several worlds into one 20.7-kilometre lap. In 1983, Porsche racing driver Stefan Bellof, at the wheel of a 956C, set a time of six minutes and 11.13 seconds. For 35 years, that record stood strong in the face of modern automotive engineering and manufacturing breakthroughs. Until now, that is.
Porsche had already gathered lap-record-crushing momentum with their 919 tribute evolved race car at Spa, beating the time set by Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 car in the process. Now, with Timo Bernhard at the wheel, Porsche have not just broken Bellof’s lap record but have eclipsed the sixminute barrier altogether with a time of five minutes and 19.546 seconds — almost a minute quicker.
The 919 tribute is essentially an Endurance racer freed from all its regulation limitations, including those of downforce. It packs a 2.0-litre V4 turbo making 720 PS, with the output from the e-machine increased to 440 PS for a hybrid powertrain making a combined 1,160 PS. It weighs just 849 kg and has a top speed of almost 370 km/h.