Well, I had heard speculation about it previously and now there is the confirmation. The "ancient" record
of the Nurburgring set by a blazing Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 in 1983 has finally been broken - by
another Porsche, the Porsche 919 Evo. An evolution of last year's Le Mans winning car taken beyond
any regulation and limitation as a concept of "what if". After crushing the Spa WR a few weeks back,
they have conquered the Nurburgring.
I have to admit I am a bit saddened by the fact that they have actually done since the sentimental part
of me wanted this record to stay forever - hence "eternal" record in the title. I have seen the video with
the sighting of the 919 Evo @ the ring by Misha Charoudin, quoting and adding the sector times as
the marshals called them in. He came up with what should have amounted to a 5:30 or faster lap, that
was not completed as the car turned into the pits at the end. I had hoped they would just do that and
leave it at that. But then again, I'm also happy that a prototype broke it and not some dull F1 with one
of those boring drivers at the helm.
Here's the video that feels like it is running at 1.25x or something:
Some interesting tidbits,
Top speed at Fuchsröhre: 328 km/h
Top speed at Döttinger Höhe 368 km/h (and there was room for more if the final ratio was different)
Insane. Well done Porsche. Well done Timo Bernhard.
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