PORSCHE, with help from automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler, has broken its 35-year lap record at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Driven by Timo Berhard, the Porsche 919 Hybrid recorded a 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds lap time around the iconic track; beating the previous record by almost a minute.
The two brands, Porsche and Schaeffler, have enjoyed a rich motorsport history together. The partnership has brought great success, winning the FIA World Endurance Championship three years in a row. This includes victories in the iconic Le Mans 24-Hour during those years as well.
The new lap record around the Nurburgring, therefore, just furthers this success.
The 919 Evo is a modified version of the now retired Le Mans racer that has a two-litre V4 engine with two electric motors. This gives the high-speed racer over 1,200bhp.
The 919 has already broken records during its ‘tribute tour,’ including eclipsing Lewis Hamilton’s F1 qualifying lap in the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Chief technology officer at Schaeffler Professor Peter Gutzmer said: ‘To beat the previous time by almost one minute is incredible – we are proud to be one of Porsche’s partners. The record illustrates how powerful and efficient race cars with hybrid powertrains can be.’
By Oliver Young
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