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Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Tests at Nordschleife for Record Attempt

Timo Bernhard tests Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo on Nordschleife ahead of likely record attempt…

Photo: Porsche

Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Evo returned to the Nürburgring Nordschleife on Monday, but unlike last month’s pre-race appearance, was not limited to pace lap speeds.

The 1000-plus horsepower beast was spotted by multiple sources lapping the legendary 12.93-mile German circuit at considerable pace, with the track having been rented exclusively by Porsche for the day.

It’s understood the test was used to gather data and develop a setup for a likely attempt at the lap record held by the late Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 C.

The German manufacturer confirmed via social media that Timo Bernhard was behind the wheel of the car for “testing” and hinted that the reigning FIA World Endurance Champion could be back soon for another run.

Neel Jani broke the outright Spa track record in April, in the first publicized appearance for the highly modified LMP1 car, which has been on a worldwide tour since.

Porsche has hinted that additional record-breaking attempts have been planned.

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  1. Matias Lee

    June 4, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    No competition, no glory.
    I don’t think whatever lap time is worth bragging.

  2. Bodyworker

    June 5, 2018 at 12:29 am

    …what do they want to prove to us ?

    …retire from the competition last Year , to break old Records with a non – competition Vehicle this Year , who cares…?

    …the Fabulous 6:11,13 was won by Stefan Bellof in Fair competition with his Factory Driver colleagues , no Special constructions and Test-drives were needed… 😉

    • Bodyworker

      June 5, 2018 at 12:50 am

      …for those with an finer eye for the Details :

    • Matt

      June 5, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      They want to break the Nordschleife lap record? It’s crazy how some people like you can’t even enjoy a fast car being driven as fast as it possibly can. Porsche currently has the car to do it, and it’s not like prototypes will ever race there again, so now is the time.

  3. Paul

    June 5, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Doing this is cooler than not doing it. Enjoy every bit of ruleless play in motorsports!

  4. John

    June 5, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Retired race horses still get exercise…and produce more race horses.

    Retired race cars should be exercised as well, and not just sit in museums and collections.

    Porsche should stop by California Speedway after Rennsport and see what the 919 will do. 388.541 kph average is the target.

  5. Greeny

    June 5, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I say go Porsche. Break every record that stands and show the world what can be done 😜

  6. KW

    June 5, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    In my opinion it is not a good idea to chase Stefan Bellof’s record lap. Please leave this record lap to him as a memory of an outstanding driver.
    It is absolutely no question that the 919 Hybrid is faster than the 962 from 1983, and the special Michelin tires are much better than the Dunlops used back then.
    So please respect Stefan’s memory instead of proving what is evident anyway.

  7. Tim L

    June 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    KW, exactly!

    Porsche, test there and show what you could do, but don’t actually run the lap. Put out press release saying, “Out of respect for the 962 and Bellof, we choose to allow this record to stand, but, if anyone else wants to break it, know that we are prepared to run.”

  8. Dave Henrie

    June 7, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Are we going to prohibit breaking every record produced by a driver that has died? We’d best start rescinding modern records post haste.
    Stefan’s achievements at the Ring are legendary. But that doesn’t mean we cease to progress. FIA/WEC/IMSA/ACO etc rules have made racing safer and hence slower. I say go for it. Just imagine if Porsche breaks the lap record, then perhaps Lewis or Kimi or other F1 pilots could bring a similarly un-restricted F1 car. An entire new generation will then get to witness what the people of the early 20th century appreciated with records set and broken for airplane speed, ocean liner crossings, cars breaking the 100 mph barrier. We have been limited our entire lives, time to dream again.

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