The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo has destroyed the lap record at the Nurburgring, setting a time of 5:19.55s and averaging 148mph in the process.
Whatever you think about mainstream car makers taking their offerings off to the Nurburgring to ‘hone’ their handling, and try and grab a fairly pointless niche Nurburging record time, the challenging track does test performance cars to the limit.
So when a car comes along – whatever the car – which destroys the lap record at the Nurburgring you have to sit up and take notice. And that’s just what Porsche has achieved with the 919 Hybrid Evo.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is not a production car, but is a development of the Porsche 919 which won at Le Mans in 205, 2016 and 2017. But without the need to adhere to any particular race regulations, Porsche has been able to fettle it to deliver even more power and downforce.
That has meant an aerodynamic makeover with a new front diffuser, enormous rear wing and more increasing downforce by 58 per cent, and a fettling of the V4 and electric motor to deliver an immense 1,160bhp.
In the course of the run, with two-time Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard behind the wheel, the Porsche hit a top speed of almost 230mph, averaged 148mph and completed the lap in just 5:19.55s.
You watch the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo lap record in the video below.