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Porsche 919 Evo guns for Nürburgring lap record

Lee Stern
5 Jun 2018

Porsche is attempting to set a new outright lap record for the 12.9-mile circuit, eclipsing Stefan Bellof’s 6min 11sec time.

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Continuing on its global tour, 919 Evo entourage has descended on the Nürburgring as Porsche Motorsport attempts to establish a new lap record around the famous circuit. A series of video clips and a social media post from Porsche, confirming the former LMP1 entrant's presence at the Nürburgring, show the team testing as it prepares to go for a new record. 

Stefan Bellof set the current record time of 6min 11sec during qualifying for the 1983 Nürburgring 1000km, a record that has stood ever since. Now Porsche wants to break it, with a time that some are suggesting could be under five minutes. By way of comparison, a current GT3-spec 911 racer will lap the 12.9-mile north loop in around six minutes.

Earlier in the year the Porsche 919 Evo claimed a new all-time lap record at Spa Francorchamps of 1:41.770, eclipsing the 1:42.553 set by Lewis Hamilton last year in the Mercedes-AMG F1 W07. Just last month the 919 Evo took to the Nürburgring for a parade lap, alongside its spiritual predecessor –  and current ‘ring, lap-record holder – the 956 C, as part of the N24 festivities. And now, it’s back at the Green Hell. 

A pair of video clips showcase the 919 being driven in anger, as it negotiates a series of corners at mind-boggling speeds, corroborating rumours it’s gunning for the all-time lap record. 

Despite Porsche’s exit from LMP1, it seemingly has no plans to decommission the 919, which delivered three consecutive WEC titles between 2015 and 2017. In lieu of its motorsport career, Porsche developed a new aero package – comprising a new-rear wing and reprofiled side skirts – for its decorated endurance racer, culminating in the ‘Evo’ specification which delivered the Spa Francorchamps lap record. 

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In light of its achievement in Belgium and a potential Nürburgring record lap, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the 919 Evo embark on a global lap-record offensive, heading to tracks where it has previous in the WEC, such as Le Mans, Silverstone and Fuji. 

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