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Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo obliterates Nurburgring lap record

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AFTER MUCH anticipation, the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo has been properly unleashed on the Nürburgring smashing the lap record in the process.

Driven by Le Mans veteran Timo Bernhard, the highly modified prototype racing car recorded an initial flying lap time of 5m 24.375s. As a result, the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo became the first ever car to officially lap the Nordschleife in less than 6 minutes.

The previous lap record was set all the way back in 1983, when the late Stefan Bellof put his Porsche 956 in the top spot with a time of 6m 11.13s

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Incredibly, there was still more time to be found. On a later run, Bernhard managed to shave another five seconds off his original time, with the time keepers recording an even faster lap of 5m 19.546s.

With the lap being so unbelievably fast, it’s no surprise the statistics behind it are equally impressive. When setting the record-breaking time, Bernhard’s 919 Hybrid Evo navigated the 12.93 miles course at an average speed of 145mph.

Even more amazingly, the derestricted Le Mans Prototype recorded a startling top speed just shy of 230mph down the Nordschleife’s back straight.

The record-smashing run is the latest part of Porsche’s “919 Tribute” programme, with the German car maker celebrating its recently-retired endurance race winner by demonstrating this even faster ‘Evo’ version at events around the world.

Porsche won’t be letting its 919 Hybrid Evo stand still for too long, either; the car is set to make its dynamic debut in the UK at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a another demo scheduled for Brands Hatch’s Festival of Porsche gathering in September.

Video: Porsche unleashes its 919 Evo Le Mans racer at Nürburgring