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From the Editor…

UP FRONT…  “If any manufacturer has a right to the Nürburgring lap record, then surely that manufacturer is Porsche…”

There are few truly ‘wow’ moments these days, such is the pace of modern life, but every now and again events have the power to surprise, like Porsche’s annihilation of the Nürburgring lap record. We’re used to the odd second being chipped off here and there, as manufacturers fight for bragging rights for road cars, but a full assault on the overall lap record has been rare to non-existent, leaving the late Stefan Bellof’s lap record, set in 1983 in a Porsche 962, seemingly untouchable and a monument to the man himself.

“Porsche has created a legacy for the 919…”

But records are there to be broken, and if any manufacturer was going to have a crack at the ’Ring record, then it was always going to be Porsche, particularly after claiming the Spa lap record with the sensational and de-restricted 919 Hybrid Evo racer. But to take nearly a minute off (6m 11s v 5m 19.5s), now that really is astonishing and a display of progress measured in pure speed. It’s tangible, too. By taking on the classic circuits, like Spa and the Nürburgring, Porsche has created a legacy for the 919 that now puts it up there with the likes of the 917 and 962. I’m sure the 919 holds lap records eleswhere, but these hero tracks are the ones that resonate with enthusiasts.

It also makes a hero out of driver, Timo Bernhard, who, accomplished sports car driver that he is, has never acquired the status afforded to the Porsche greats of other eras, like Bellof, Bell, Ickx et al. If you haven’t, then check out the lap on YouTube. The view through the screen is familiar, but if you didn’t know better, you would automatically assume it had been speeded up. ‘Wow’ indeed!

Steve Bennett
Email: porscheworld@chpltd.com


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