Porsche 919 Hybrid setting new absolute record for the Nurburgring

Speed is in kilometers per hour, kph

There must be something in the air. On Friday a week ago…news about Romain Dumas and Volkswagen breaking records at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Just five days after Dumas’ made it to the top of the mountain, his colleagues at Porsche Motorsport—the team with which he won Le Mans in 2016—have gone and shattered another record some thought would never be broken. The track is the 12.9-mile (20.8km) Nürburgring Nordschleife, and Porsche factory driver Timo Bernhard drove a Porsche 919 Evo around it in just 5:19.55.

Not that it will sell lots of any brand; but, sooner or later, Americans will realize what Europeans and Asians have known for a spell. Hybrid powertrains, electric plus internal combustion, are great for going faster as well as offering better fuel mileage. Acceleration counts.

One thought on “Porsche 919 Hybrid setting new absolute record for the Nurburgring

  1. C'est la vie says:

    Pre-war racing legend Hellé Nice and her Bugatti Type 35C grand prix car (circa 1931) http://www.neautomuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/bug1-1024×615.jpg
    “One of the 20th century’s most colorful and illustrious pioneering women who had successfully competed in more than seventy events at the highest echelon of automobile racing, spent her final years in a sordid rat-infested apartment in the back alleys of the city of Nice, living under a fictitious name to hide her shame. Estranged from her family for years, she died penniless, friendless, and completely forgotten by the rich and glamorous crowd involved in Grand Prix motor racing. Her cremation was paid for by the Parisian charity organization that had helped her, and the ashes were sent back to her sister in the village of Sainte-Mesme near her birthplace and where her parents were buried. She, however, is not mentioned on the family’s cemetery memorial.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell%C3%A9_Nice

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