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    • Porsche sets all-time Nurburgring record with 5:19.5 laptime with their 919 Hybrid Evo

      If you ever wondered what a modern Le Mans LMP1 car could do around the Nurburgring, well, now you know. The 919 Hybrid Evo laps the Nurburgring so quickly the video of it running honestly looks like a video game.


      It's absurdly fast. Stupid fast. What do you even say?

      The 919 Hybrid in the Evo version features a larger front diffuser, a wider rear wing, side skirts and a DRS system for 53 percent more downforce and an efficiency increase of 66 percent. Compared to the original version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo achieved by increased fuel flow now whopping 720 instead of 500 hp previously. In addition, the energy recovery systems work ten percent more efficient: The power output is in the Evo version at 440 hp (previously: 400 hp). The power assistance of the steering as well as the front and rear wheel carriers were adjusted accordingly to the higher forces. In addition, the 919 Hybrid Evo is 39 kilograms lighter than the original racing version with 849 kilograms. For this, the air conditioning, the windscreen wiper, various sensors, remove the electronic unit of the rule guard, the lighting system and the pneumatic jack device. And the long-time tire partner Michelin has also contributed to the success of the "Mission Track Record" with a new tire compound.

      Internal combustion engine: V four-cylinder engine (90 degree bank angle) with turbocharging, four valves per cylinder, DOHC, a Garrett turbocharger, gasoline direct injection, fully supporting aluminum cylinder crankcase, dry sump lubrication

      Hybrid system: KERS with engine-generator unit (MGU) at the front axle, ERS for the recovery of exhaust gas energy. Storage in liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery packs with cells from A123 Systems

      Drive: Rear-wheel drive, traction control (ASR), temporary four-wheel drive via boost via electric motor on the front axle, sequential, hydraulically operated seven-speed racing gearbox

      Chassis: Front and rear independent wheel suspension, Pushrod system with adjustable shock absorbers and Pitch Link system with active locking system

      Brake system: Wheel-individual brake-by-wire system, monobloc light-metal calipers, ventilated carbon fiber brake discs front and rear. Variable wheel torque control to optimize vehicle balance.

      Wheels and Tires: Magnesium Forged Wheels from BBS; Michelin radial tires, front and rear: 310 / 710-18

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Porsche 919Tribute Tour all itme record on the Nordschleife, 5:19,546 started by DavidV View original post
      Comments 11 Comments
      1. gaspam's Avatar
        gaspam -
        jeez he was going around some of those flowy and snappy turns at 178 mph! ... I hit a bump on a very straight expressway one late night at about 177 mph and about $#@! my pants... he was going around turns at that speed lol
      1. BLKROKT's Avatar
        BLKROKT -
        Timo is an absolute maniac for doing that. I was reading a comment on another forum about how much faster it could supposedly go with someone with “balls” driving it. That was funny - armchair “racers” without a clue are always the ones who $#@! on things like this. This guy is a 5x N24h winner, and knows this track at race pace like few others. He knows the exact limitations of the car given the hardware and prevailing conditions. He actually has driven the track with his eyes closed and asleep in all likelihood. To say that anyone could do it much better is pure ignorance. Is it a sub-5min car? Probably only if you have zero fear of death. This isn’t some Tough Guy contest.

        The other interesting thing here is the role active aero played. As much as I absolutely love this, I really hope this is NOT the start of an arms race on the Nordschleife. There’s a reason why all top-tier racing has banned most active-aero, including ground effects. When it fails - and it is a when, not an if - cars become completely uncontrollable and do only one of two things: go airborne or crash into walls. At over 230mph in some sections (limited), and 180mph in some turns where the active-aero is a critical component to the ability to do so, a failure means certain death. There’s no prize for dying out there. I don’t really care to see anybody try to go faster.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BLKROKT Click here to enlarge
        I was reading a comment on another forum about how much faster it could supposedly go with someone with “balls” driving it. That was funny - armchair “racers” without a clue are always the ones who $#@! on things like this.
        WTF do they expect?

        I don't know how much faster you can go than this where the brain just won't be able to keep up with car. It's amazing we're getting to that point.
      1. zuffenhouse's Avatar
        zuffenhouse -
        I'm puzzled by the yellow Boost bar on the 'telemetry' graphics: it goes max. on the occasional mid-range pulls but drops to zero thru the top of rev band. Seems counter-intuitive. A bug in the graphics? Do racing turbos not run max. boost (or any boost) at peak power?
      1. GreyNBlueE92's Avatar
        GreyNBlueE92 -
        Small turbo probably isn't very efficient up top
      1. zuffenhouse's Avatar
        zuffenhouse -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by zuffenhouse Click here to enlarge
        I'm puzzled by the yellow Boost bar
        Oh, it's not turbo boost on the 2.0 V-4 but front-wheel electric-drive boost from the ERS battery. Used to claw out of slow-speed corners, makes sense.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        This is not just a fastest lap.
        It is 52 seconds off the previous lap record of 6:11 by Bellof in a Porsche 956 which nobody could beat for 35 years!
        With this laptime the AVERAGE speed on the Nordschleife was 235km/h!! that's 146 m/h.
        That is just insane.
        This is the same LMP1 car with active aero components that beat the F1 fastets lap on Spa just a month ago.
      1. BLKROKT's Avatar
        BLKROKT -
        ^14% faster. It’s crazy.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        It is 52 seconds off the previous lap record of 6:11 by Bellof in a Porsche 956 which nobody could beat for 35 years!
        OK that's mind blowing.
      1. KEMA's Avatar
        KEMA -
        You need a solid set of brass balls to approach a corner with close to 200 MPH. Damn!!!
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        A pretty good breakdown of what makes this the Evo by the madman behind the wheel Timo Bernhard