Porsche claims to have beaten the previous lap record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife by over 50 seconds with its 919 Hybrid.
Stefan Bellof set the previous record of 6’11.13 at the wheel of a Porsche 956 in 1983 during the final World Endurance Championship round on the 20-kilometre track.
“This is a great moment for me and for the entire team – the 919 programme’s icing on the cake,” said Bernhard.
“The Evo was perfectly prepared and I have done my best on this lap. Thanks to the aerodynamic downforce, at sections I never imagined, you can stay on full throttle.”
Bernhard has extensive experience of the circuit and has won the Nurburgirng 24 Hours on five occasions, all with Porsche. “I’m pretty familiar with the Nordschleife but today I got to learn it in a new way,” he said.
The 919 Tribute is based on Porsche’s World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 919 hybrid LMP1 car. As it is no longer running to the WEC’s restrictions it is allowed to produce maximum power from its V4 engine and hybrid systems, which produce 720bhp and 440bhp respectively.
The car also has uprated aerodynamics including adjustable elements to increase downforce in the corners and reduce drag on the straights. The car’s weight has also been trimmed for its lap record-breaking run.
Porsche said it does not intend to attempt any more record-breaking runs with the car. However they will take it to demonstration runs at the VW Fun Cup at Spa, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Festival of Porsche at Brands Hatch and Porsche Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca in California.
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