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Porsche beats 35-year-old Nurburgring lap record

30 June 2018
Porsche beats 35-year-old Nurburgring lap record

Porsche is taking the 919 Hybrid Evo on a global road trip as a farewell journey before it's placed in a museum, and the first leg of its trip was smashing the lap record at Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit back in April.

Porsche's 919 Hybrid Evo was up and running early this morning at the Nurburgring's Nordschleife where it successfully beat Stefan Bellof's 35-year-old lap record of the daunting circuit.

And what a race vehicle it turned out to be!

Video: Watch the record-breaking onboard lap.

While it's unlikely this record will stand for another 35 years, it will be hard to beat.

It is believed the 919 Evo will also attempt similar feats at Laguna Seca and Brands Hatch.

For Bellof fans, the old record therefore still stands...

We'll keep you posted once the record lap time is officially official.

In 1983, Stefan Bellof lapped the world-renowned track with a Porsche 956 C in a legendary time of 6min11.13.

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.

Driving the record-setting race vehicle was Timo Bernhard, a veteran endurance racer with a whopping five victories at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring to his name from behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3-RSR.

The record vehicle is a heavily reworked version of last year's Le Mans victor, with Porsche upgrading the aerodynamics to produce 53 percent more downforce and lowering the weight by 39kg (85lbs) to 849kg (1871lbs).