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Porsche Hints at More Record Runs for 919 Hybrid Evo

Porsche hints at attempting more record-breaking runs with 919 Hybrid Evo…

Porsche has hinted at attempting additional record-breaking runs with its 919 Hybrid Evo, following Neel Jani’s shattering of the track record at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this month.

The former FIA World Endurance Champion lapped the Belgian circuit in 1:41.770, eclipsing Lewis Hamilton’s pole-winning time of 1:42.553 time set in a Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid last year, which was the previous track record.

It came at the wheel of modified Porsche LMP1 car, featuring significant aero modifications and an unrestricted powertrain, to launch the German manufacturer’s ‘919 Tribute Tour’ that will include demonstration runs at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Goodwood Festival of Speed and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca later this year.

A video released by Porsche (above) indicates the car will take part in other record runs, although has not yet disclosed details or a specific timeline.

Sportscar365 believes it’s unlikely for it to attempt to break any track records in large public-attended events, with additional runs, similar to Spa, likely to be conducted in a more controlled private setting.

The 919 Tribute Tour runs through the end of this year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Andy

    April 19, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Le Mans! Break the 3 minute barrier?

  2. pierre

    April 19, 2018 at 9:22 am

    pikes peak

    • NASCAR/DPs Suck

      April 19, 2018 at 11:17 am

      I don’t know if this could beat the Peugeot that Loeb drove up Pikes Peak-that thing was a monster and built specially for that event. Would love to see it tear up some other records though.

  3. Bwangi Kilonzo

    April 19, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Seriously, we need to see what all these Le Man style cars can do, let the DPi’s and even the Gibsons do runs without restrictions for Demos for any team that wants to attempt the runs.

    Stunts like these is what creates buzz for a racing series. Taking down an F1 car is epic for any other series racecar

  4. Jenner

    April 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Daytona, Sebring, Road Atlanta.

  5. Tim G

    April 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Daytona or Talladega, like Donohue with the 917-30. The record would stand for 25 years . A fitting tribute to some great technology , engineering and teamwork.

  6. JG

    April 19, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    If the 1992/93 Toyota TS010 were given the Renault RS5, active suspension, traction control, abs and semi-auto gearbox of the Williams FW-15C plus weight reductions and unlimited/active aero back in 1993 it would have been just as fast or faster than the 919 Evo is today; only a quarter century earlier, much better looking and much better sounding. Add current technology rubber (which is good for at least 12 seconds at a track like Spa compared to 1993 rubber) and it would wipe the floor with the 919 Evo. The TS010’s out-of-the-box aerodynamics are superior to any sports-prototype ever built. It took years of development for the 919 and R-18 just to get to the 6+ L/D ratio that the TS010 had at the start, and not only was the TS010 never developed, it didn’t even use all the aero tech available to it such as turning vanes or a minimum cross-section cockpit. Hats off to Tony Southgate.

    • MasterLmp

      April 21, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      And then came André de Cortanze with some help of Paolo Catone, and destroyed your Toyota crap twice…
      Hats off to the only car that was lapping faster than F1’s of 1991. The unique, the all-conquering, the magíster Peugeot 908 evo b.

    • A sera

      April 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      That was a Frankenstein.

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