The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is an astonishing achievement in automotive engineering, capable of almost unbelievable speeds and cornering capabilities. And it just broke a thirty five year old lap record at the Nurburgring. Though, it didnít just beat it, it demolished it. It almost didnít seem fare.
The record that stood for so long was that of Stefan Bellof, who ran a 6:11.13 lap time in a Porsche 956c. His record was just broken by Porscheís Timo Bernhard, who ended up breaking the record on his first lap of the day in the 919 Hybrid Evo. With a flying lap of 5:31.89, Bernhard broke the record with his first lap that wasnít even at full chat.
After another lap, Bernhard broke his first lap record, recording a 5:24.37 but he felt he could do better with some tweaking to the car. Bernhard felt that the carís dampers were a bit too bouncy on the main straight, so they were adjusted and Bernhard and the 919 were sent back out. Thatís when he set the blistering lap of 5:19.546.
Though, the numbers donít tell the story. The cockpit video of his lap must be seen to believed. The speeds that the car achieved, and that his body were simply able withstand, are downright remarkable. Bernhardís lap is nothing short of heroic and he deserves all the medals. Seriously, heís got brass balls, this guy. I donít even know how his brain was able to comprehend the speeds, driving lines, braking points, and the other myriad of information racers have to process. Itís astonishing.
If you like cars, it doesnít matter what brand youíre a fan of, this video must be seen. Plus, it must be seen to believe and, even still, it looks like itís been fast forwarded.