A few weeks ago, after Porsche set the new lap time record at Spa Francorchamps with the new no-holds-barred rule breaking 919 Hybrid Evo, we speculated that Porsche could be bringing that bonkers ludicrous-speed car to the Nordschleife in order to take down that decades old Bellof record. Not only that, but we extrapolated that Porsche could even set a lap in the sub-5 minute range.
Some people thought we were out of our minds to say that. They thought Porsche would never break that long-standing record. They thought the 919 couldn’t break that record. They thought Porsches drivers couldn’t possibly navigate that tough course at the kinds of speeds necessary to break that five-minute barrier. We believe in Porsche, and there are certainly rumors that we may have been correct.
— Porsche LMP1 Team (@Porsche_Team) June 4, 2018
Porsche has been testing with Timo Bernhard on the Nordschleife, and as you can see in the above tweet, they are teasing that he may come back with the car in the near future. Then again, people thought they were just testing at Spa the day before they announced the record had been broken, and Timo was certainly moving at speed in his laps as shown in the video below.
— 🏁 RennPorsche 🏁 (@RennPorsche) June 5, 2018
With Le Mans looming, it is somewhat interesting that Porsche is devoting some of their motorsport attention to such a non-competitive effort. We sure are glad they are, however.
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Hatzenbach 😍😎😍
Posted by Ring Allstars on Monday, June 4, 2018
Whenever the actual record attempt does occur, we cannot wait to see the onboard video. The 919 Evo travels at practically warp speed, and the views through the windshield are unbelievable. This kind of marketing-driven adventure with a now defunct racing car is the kind of thing that gives me life, as the youths say.