Porsche 919 Evo annihilates Nurburgring lap record

Watch the astonishing 5:19.55s lap set by two-time Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard in the Porsche 919 Evo

Porsche has set a new all-time lap record at the Nurburgring with a time of 5:19.55s in its modified Le Mans racer, the 919 Hybrid Evo.

The lap was set by two-time Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard who managed to break the outright record at the 12.9 mile track which had stood for 35 years. Porsche set the previous record in the 956 C back in 1983 with a time of 6:11.13s.

The Fastest Nurburgring laps ever

During the record attempt Porsche actually broke the lap record three consecutive times; laps of 5:31s and 5:24s were set before the final attempt of 5:19.55s. Porsche confirmed it would not be attempting another record today, but engineers hinted that if the track temperatures were cooler the car could go even quicker.

Over the course of the lap record the 919 hit a top speed of 229.28mph and covered the track at an average speed of over 148mph.

A development of the car Porsche won the Le Man 24 hours race in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the 919 Hybrid Evo is powered by a two-litre turbocharged V4 engine and two different energy recovery system. The engine drives the rear wheels, while the electric motor, powered by harvested brake and exhaust energy, drives the front axle to make it four-wheel drive.

As the 9119 Hybrid Evo has no regulations to adhere to, unlike the 919 that raced at Le Mans, Porsche was able to increase the car’s total power output to 1,160bhp. A dramatic aerodynamic makeover including the new front diffuser, larger rear wing and drag reduction systems help contribute to a 53 per cent increase in downforce.

Read: the fastest lap times ever set around the Nurburgring

Recommended

Fastest Nurburgring lap times 2021
Porsche 911 GT2 Manthey Racing Nurburgring
Best cars & vans

Fastest Nurburgring lap times 2021

Check out the top 10 fastest production cars around the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany
25 Jun 2021
Porsche unveils next-generation PCM infotainment system with Android Auto 
Porsche Communication Management 6.0 911
Porsche

Porsche unveils next-generation PCM infotainment system with Android Auto 

Porsche’s sixth-generation touchscreen will be rolled out across the firm’s line-up, adding new connectivity features and natural voice control
17 Jun 2021
Classic Porsche 914 reborn with Cayman running gear
Porsche 914 reimagined - front
Porsche

Classic Porsche 914 reborn with Cayman running gear

The reimagined Porsche 914 features a host of chassis upgrades and the same 3.4-litre flat-six engine as the Mk2 Cayman
14 Jan 2021
Classic Porsche 914 reborn with Cayman running gear
Porsche 914 reimagined - front
Porsche

Classic Porsche 914 reborn with Cayman running gear

The reimagined Porsche 914 features a host of chassis upgrades and the same 3.4-litre flat-six engine as the Mk2 Cayman
14 Dec 2020

Most Popular

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900

Full exterior and interior reveal for Audi RS 3, with aggressive styling and racy cabin to match strong performance
19 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road
Range Rover Sport spyshot 1
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road

Land Rover’s replacement for the Range Rover Sport will get racier styling and an all-new electric-ready platform
20 Jul 2021