Porsche Smash Nür­bur­gring Lap Record

Car India - - BULLETIN -

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.

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