But Bellof's record proved no match for the latest in racing prototype technology, as the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo shattered his mark by a massive 51.88 seconds by posting a time of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds around the 12.9-mile track, carrying an average speed of 145.3 miles per hour. The press release has been attached at the end. Set by Stefan Bellof on May 28, 1983 in a 620-hp Rothmans Porsche 956 C, it had certainly withstood the test of time. Now freed from the restrictions of the WEC, Porsche could maximize the potential of this auto.
Porsche will release the on-board video of the all-time lap record later today, so stay tuned and prepare to have your jaw dropped to the ground.
While it's unlikely this record will stand for another 35 years, it will be hard to beat.
This might not be the end of the story as Porsche could try to shave off even more seconds.
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Stephen Mitas, Porsche Team Chief Race Engineer pointed to the surprising conditions, lacking in grip, as a limiting factor in eclipsing the old record by the desired margin.
We'll keep you posted once the record lap time is officially official.
It's official - the 919 Evo has blitzed the Green Hell in 5:19.55 with Timo Bernhard in the driver's seat. With this achievement, the two-times Le Mans victor and reigning World Endurance Champion has beaten the lap record on the revered 20.8 kilometre long German race circuit that stood for 35 years.
A development of the vehicle Porsche won the Le Man 24 hours race in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the 919 Hybrid Evo is powered by a two-litre turbocharged V4 engine and two different energy recovery system.