Another bleedin’ attempt to set a record lap time at the Nürburgring. Here we go again. Yawnarama. Except that this one might actually be a bit special.
The other month, Porsche took its 919 Hybrid LMP1 endurance racing car and removed from it lots of the bits that made it comply with the regulations it used to compete under.
So instead of its 2.0-litre turbocharged V4 engine making around 500bhp, derestricted it now makes over 700bhp. And the electric motors that are attached to it add nearly another 450bhp, up 10%. The weight is down by 40kg to under 850kg. Downforce is up by half.
And in April, the 919 Hybrid ‘Evo’ lapped Spa in 1min 41.77sec, faster than Lewis Hamilton’s pole time for the 2017 Belgian GP. It clocked 223mph on the straight as it did so.
Last week, it was testing at the Nordschleife, creating speculation about how fast it might go. “Timo Bernhard (two-time Le Mans winner, driving) loves that track... perhaps he comes again,” said Porsche, not- terribly-cryptically, to suggest that a flat-out timed run is still to come.
The current lap record is 6min 11.3sec, set by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 in 1983; still regarded, quite rightly, as an extraordinary lap.