Porsche returned to the Nurburgring Nordschleife with the 919 Hybrid Evo to set a new all-time lap time record and the result speaks for itself: 5 minutes, 19.546 seconds, which means an average speed of 145.6mph (234km/h) across the 20.8km-long track (12.9 miles).
With Timo Bernhard sitting behind the wheel of the 919 Hybrid Evo, Porsche has beaten the Stefan Bellof’s lap record (6:11.13) that stood for 35 years by no less than 51 seconds.
The record car is a heavily reworked version of last year’s Le Mans winner, with Porsche upgrading the aerodynamics to produce 53 percent more downforce and lowering the weight by 39kg (85lbs) to 849kg (1871lbs).
The hybrid powertrain of the 919 has been similarly upgraded to produce a combined 1160hp, with the turbocharged V4 engine making 710hp and an electric motor providing 433hp.
Last April, Porsche took the 919 Hybrid Evo with Neel Jani behind the wheel to Spa Francorchamps, where it also broke the overall lap record with a 1:14.770, beating the previous record set by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes F1 car.
Stefan Bellof set the previous Nurburgring lap record during qualifying for the Nurburgring 1000km race in 1983, driving a Porsche 956 that was powered by 2.65-liter flat-six engine producing over 620hp.
The stunningly fast Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo will continue its Tribute tour, with the next stop to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12-15.
Porsche will release the on-board video of the all-time lap record later today, so stay tuned and prepare to have your jaw dropped to the ground.
Article updated with the onboard video!