The Nübrugring Nordschleife's previous all-time lap record, a time of 6 minutes and 11.13 seconds, stood for over 35 years-35 years and 31 days, to be exact.
Bernhard took on the challenge of beating the time, set by his childhood hero in the Porsche 919 Evo and after a quick warm up lap returned to the pits to get ready for a proper run.
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As previously reported by Wheels, the 919 Evo's job is not yet done, with more lap records in Porsche's sights. The folks over at Bridge to Gantry have been following Porsche's progress with the unrestricted version of its race auto in the company's quest to establish a new record for the fastest vehicle around the 'Ring.
Porsche reportedly broke Bellof's time earlier in the day with a 5:24.375 run from Bernhard, before setting the ultimate lap in a subsequent run. The hybrid system captures energy from the front brakes and the exhaust system, storing it in a lithium-ion battery. This made it an altogether different proposition to the open expanses and far-reaching run-off areas of Spa Francorchamps, where the 919 Evo also boasts the outright lap record. A much larger rear wing with an active drag reduction system - like an F1 car's - give the up-specced Porsche more downforce in the corners and better top speed on the straights.
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This comes after Neel Jani broke the Spa-Francorchamps lap record earlier this year in the heavily modified 1160 horsepower LMP1 auto, with a 1:41.8.
The classic 12.94-mile Nordschleife lap was created for 1983 after the demolition of the old pits and start-finish loop in readiness for the construction of the current Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit.
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Even so, the 919 Evo still clocked mind-boggling speeds at various points on the circuit.