Porsche and Schaeffler combine to smash Nurburgring lap record

Porsche and Schaeffler combine to smash Nurburgring lap record

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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