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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 didn’t just beat it, it demolished it. It almost didn’t 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 Porsche’s 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 wasn’t 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 car’s dampers were a bit too bouncy on the main straight, so they were adjusted and Bernhard and the 919 were sent back out. That’s when he set the blistering lap of 5:19.546.

Though, the numbers don’t 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. Bernhard’s lap is nothing short of heroic and he deserves all the medals. Seriously, he’s got brass balls, this guy. I don’t 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. It’s astonishing.

If you like cars, it doesn’t matter what brand you’re a fan of, this video must be seen. Plus, it must be seen to believe and, even still, it looks like it’s been fast forwarded.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=PQmSUHhP3ug
 

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I don’t 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. It’s astonishing.

If you like cars, it doesn’t matter what brand you’re a fan of, this video must be seen. Plus, it must be seen to believe and, even still, it looks like it’s been fast forwarded.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=PQmSUHhP3ug
Unbelievable to watch. People like Timo are just wired differently. To any experienced road driver, how he did that lap is just incomprehensible.

Buy the man a beer!

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Wow, so he took just 319 seconds to do 20.8 km for an average of 235 kph, 4 km per minute. Almost 150 mph!
He was even doing more than 100kph through the hairpin bend.

Regarding the car, Wikipedia notes, “ Extensive aerodynamic upgrades were also added to the 919 Evo, resulting in a 53% increase in downforce and 66% increase in aerodynamic efficiency compared to 2017 WEC Spa qualifying spec.”
Way more downforce and way less drag, this in just two years, , Extraordinary.

How much faster can cars get? Will any race track be able to manage cars at the speeds that will be possible in the near future?

Trivia fact.
At the average lap speed of this car, 240kph, a modern glider can pull up from ground level and reach around 1000 feet, at 100kph still, including drag losses during the manouvre. ( theoretical no drag , no speed, number is 1350’ , all kinetic -> potential energy).

At the top speed of this car, it has 2.3 times as much kinetic energy, compared to when it is at average lap speed.
You really don’t want to get airborne in it.
Downforce is everything.
 
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