Bellof's pole time around the 'Ring in a Rothmans Porsche 956 Group C vehicle and his subsequent all-time race record of 6m16.85s were never beaten in competition conditions.
Porsche's 919 Hybrid Evo was up and running early this morning at the Nurburgring's Nordschleife where it successfully beat Stefan Bellof's 35-year-old lap record of the daunting circuit.
The record vehicle is a heavily reworked version of last year's Le Mans victor, with Porsche upgrading the aerodynamics to produce 53 percent more downforce and lowering the weight by 39kg (85lbs) to 849kg (1871lbs). 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 confirmed it would not be attempting another record today, but engineers hinted that if the track temperatures were cooler the auto could go even quicker.
Wrestling the vehicle through all 12.94 miles of track was Timo Bernhard, a five-time victor of the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race and two-time overall victor at Le Mans. Porsche also increased aerodynamics with a larger front diffuser, new rear wing, and fixed height side skirts, contributing to a 53 percent increase in downforce.
The speeds reached on the 12.9-mile track are incredible.
This lap time was Porsche's final goal for its no-holds-barred prototype.
The 919 Hybrid Evo had already shown what's possible, having taken the outright lap record at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium at the hands of Neel Jani for an average speed of 245.61 km/h throughout the record lap, usurping the previous record held by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ by 0.783 seconds.