Porsche smashes Nordschleife lap record
Porsche has smashed the long standing outright lap record at the infamous Nürburgring-Nordschleife with its 919 Hybrid Evo LMP1 challenger.
Reigning World Endurance Champion Timo Bernhard has set a new astonishing 5:19.546s benchmark, nearly a minute faster than the previous record held by the late Stefan Bellof at the challenging 20.81km German circuit.
Bellof posted a 6:11.13s effort to claim pole position for the 1983 Nurburgring 1000km in a Porsche 956 C, a record which stood for 35 years.
Bernhard’s feat is the latest triumph for the unrestricted Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo LMP1 which produces a whopping 1160 horsepower.
It has already lapped Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit faster than Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 pole position time.