Did Porsche Just Break The Nurburgring Lap Record With The Insanely Fast 919 Evo?

Porsche appears to be edging closer to setting an outright lap record around the Nurburgring with the crazy Porsche 919 Evo.

The German marque first brought its unrestricted ex-LMP1 car to the Nordschleife during the Nurburgring 24 Hours where it completed a parade lap alongside a 956C. After the 919 failed to set a fast lap during that outing, many had lost hope that Porsche would look to demolish its own track record.

However, it has since been confirmed that Porsche recently hired out ‘Green Hell’ for testing of the 919 Evo in what was probably a data-gathering trip. While it’s unlikely the racer has been driven to its absolute limits straight out of the box, footage from the track shows the car lapping the track at warp speed. Seriously, the 919 Evo is so fast that it defies comprehension.

After the shakedown, the Porsche LMP1 Team confirmed on Twitter that Timo Bernhard was behind the wheel. A little bird has also informed us that the car may have lapped the ‘Ring in less than 5 minutes 30 seconds during these tests. If true, that would leave Bellof’s former record of 6:11 for dead.

In April, the Porsche 919 Evo lapped Spa Francorchamps in 1:14.770, beating the previous outright lap record set by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes F1 car during qualifying last year.

Thanks to a host of modifications from the original racer, the 919 Evo delivers 1160 hp from its turbocharged V4 engine and electric powertrain. What’s more, the car also delivers more downforce than a Formula One car.

  • RDS Alphard

    TL;DR – no they didn’t.
    But, they have the performance to do so.

    • AnklaX

      5:30 is a conservative figure. Some people timed the laps. So it’s going around that the 919 did it in somewhere around the 5 minute mark. I think they did the run just waiting to decide if to make release the information publicly.

  • Six_Tymes

    Less than 5 minutes 30 seconds!!!??? WOW! if true. I hope they got video of that insane lap

  • Knotmyrealname

    It looked like I was watching an RC car.

  • Bash

    This is wicked!!

  • Vassilis

    Insane. I really hope they go for it.

  • ErnieB

    Fix title

    • danno

      Broke, break, brake – what’s the difference ?
      /s

  • danno

    At what point would a car’s capabilities exceed that of a human, and an autonomous car lap quicker?

    • Vassilis

      Maybe when it’s so quick, no driver can endure the cornering forces. But for an autonomous car to be quicker the technology needs to make big leaps.

      • danno

        Thinking cornering forces, reflexes, grip maximization, lower weight, better aero and track position anticipation via GPS as improvements for an autonomous car. Maybe fearless as well, cause I’m sure there is some pucker factor going that fast.
        Similar to piloted war planes – G-forces a big limitation.

  • Just go at Goodwood hillclimb please!

  • Infinite1

    It’s flying by effortlessly, unreal.

    • Knotmyrealname

      …and speed amazing by capability.

  • DugDanger

    Over 1100hp from a V4, just a tad faster than my Escort.

  • SteersUright

    ITs speed through corners is absurd and just awesome to watch!! And a V4 that sounds this good? Throw that thing in the Cayman/Boxster and junk that I-4 turd thats in there now.

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