Porsche smashes Nordschleife lap record

Tom Howard

Friday 29th June, 2018 - 6:53pm

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Porsche has set a new benchmark at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

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.

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