Just before the Nürburgring 24-hour race got underway a few weeks ago, Porsche demonstrated a couple of their racing legends to the crowd of 200,000 spectators. Timo Bernhard and Hans-Joachim Stuck took the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo and the Porsche 956 C on a run around the famous Nordschleife. The 919 Hybrid, the Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship winning car of 2015, 2016 and 2017, met the prototype that won all titles in the World Sportscar Championship from 1982 to 1984 and still holds the outright Nordschleife track record today.
The lap on the Nordschleife was the 919 Evo’s first public appearance. The car has been liberated from the restrictions that came from the championship regulations letting Porsche recently establish a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps. On April 9 2018, Porsche works driver Neel Jani lapped the 7km long Belgian circuit in 1:41.770. He was faster than any Formula One car ever, beating the previous record by 0.783 seconds set by Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of a Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, securing him pole position for last year’s Grand Prix.