Porsche slaughters Nürburgring lap record

Porsche slaughters Nürburgring lap record
 

Back in 1983 the late Stefan Bellof climbed into his 462kW Rothmans Porsche 956C and ran around the 20.832 kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6 minutes 11.13 seconds. It was a lap of the gods and a time that seemed unbeatable.

Well today it was obliterated by 51.58 seconds.Yep, nearly a full minute. Timo Bernhard early this Friday morning took to the infamous track in a 865kW / 849kg Porsche 919 Hybrid to set a jaw-slackening lap-time of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds. That’s an average speed of 233.8 km/h. Completely and utterly insane.

“This is a great moment for me and for the entire team – the 919 programme’s icing on the cake,” Bernhard said afterwards. “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. I’m pretty familiar with the Nordschleife. But today I got to learn it in a new way.”

Bernhard is known to be a big fan of Stefan Belloff who tragically lost his life whilst racing at Spa-Francorchamps in 1985. “For me Bellof is and remains a giant”, Bernhard concluded. “Today my respect for his achievement with the technology available back then increased even more.” – Staff Reporter