Porsche beats 35-year-old Nurburgring lap record

Porsche 919 Evo- Timo Bernhard- Nordschleife record lap time

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Porsche confirmed it would not be attempting another record today, but engineers hinted that if the track temperatures were cooler the vehicle could go even quicker.

That's the time put down by Timo Bernhard in the 919 Evo at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, utterly obliterating the 35-year-old record held by Stefan Bellof.

And what a race vehicle it turned out to be! Now freed from the restrictions of the WEC, Porsche could maximize the potential of this auto.

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Before quitting WEC, Porsche totally dominated the endurance championship with the 919 Hybrid, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the FIA World Endurance Championship three times in a row including the manufacturers' and drivers' titles.

Timo Bernhard is a two-time Le Mans 24 Hours victor and en-titre World Endurance champion.

What's remarkable about this particular record attempt is that it took all of one hour to break the outright Nurburgring lap time.

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This wouldn't be enough for the German and the Porsche team as they would go out for another run, this time beating its own record with a time almost five seconds quicker of 5:19:546, with an average speed of 145.68mph over the 12.93 mile circuit. The hybrid system captures energy from the front brakes and the exhaust system, storing it in a lithium-ion battery.

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

Neel Jani set a new lap record at Belgian circuit Spa-Francorchamps, running extensive aerodynamic updates and more engine power on a lighter version of the 919.

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Mark Webber is set to drive the 919 Evo at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

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