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. Clocking a time of 5 minutes, 19.55 seconds, the auto beat the previous record by a solid 51.58 seconds.
Bellof achieved the previous record in the mighty Group C Porsche 956 when he claimed pole position for the 1000k Sports Car race.
Even if 5:19 is the best Porsche can do for the time being, it's still a mighty impressive achievement taking into account it improves the old record by a whopping 52 seconds.
Keep in mind that the 1,160 hp German missile's time will bring an absolute Ring record.
Two-time Le Mans victor Timo Bernhard was behind the wheel of the specially modified LMP1 racer and shaved almost a full minute off the 6m11.13s time achieved by Bellof at the Nurburgring 1000 km in 1983.
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 is a five-time overall victor of the 24 Hours Nürburgring, two-time outright victor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and current World Endurance Champion.
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