El Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, the most extreme version of the prototype that the German brand used until last year in the World Endurance, broke the clocks on the mythical circuit of Nurburgring and became the fastest vehicle on this difficult 20,8-kilometer track.
With german Timo Bernhard behind the wheel, the 919 Hybrid Evo recorded for its best lap 5m19s546 / 1000, thus becoming the new king of the Nordschleife as he lowered the record he had held since the May 28 1983 his compatriot Stefan bellof when registering with a Porsche 956 C. a brand of 6m11s13 / 1000.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is an evolution of the LMP1 prototype with which Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship during those three consecutive seasons, both in the Constructors section. as in Pilots.
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“This is a great moment for me and for the whole team. It's the icing on the cake in the 919 program. The Evo was perfectly prepared and I did my best on the fastest lap. Thanks to the aerodynamics, I drove at full speed in sections where I never thought to keep the throttle full ”, assured Bernhard, who reached a final speed of 365 km / h.
The pilot confessed that it was special to beat Bellof's record since he was always his great admirer. In fact in 2015, on the 6th anniversary of Bellof's fatal accident, Timo competed in the 80 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps wearing a helmet with the famous black-red-gold design of the star from the XNUMXs.
“For me, Stefan Bellof is and continues to be a giant”, emphasized. "I am respectful of what he did to set the record with the technology that was available at the time," culminated.