The modified Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo which Porsche used to compete in the LMP1 WEC series shattered the Spa Francorchamps track record thanks to the big modifications on the aerodynamics and the more powerfull engine.
Neel Jani was the driver of the modified Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo who set a record time of 1:41.770 which is 0.783 seconds faster than the Hamilton’s 2017 F1 pole position time which was the previous record.
After pulling out from the WEC series last season, Porsche decided to show what their car could do without the usual limitations for the LMP1 category.
Their 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which has developed around 500 hp in 2017, has 720 hp due to unrestricted fuel flow, and an ERS system which now has more than 440 hp.
As with the ordinary Porsche 919 Hybrid that competed in the 2017 LMP1 WEC series, the power of the petrol engine is transferred to the rear wheels and the electric motor transmits power to the front wheels. Around 60% of the electric power comes from the energy recovered from the front brakes while around 40% comes from the energy recovered from the exhaust system.
Total power of this Porsche is almost 1200 hp, and Porsche has also incorporated an active torque distribution system.
There are also large aerodynamic modifications including a large and high rear wing, redesigned front wheel covers without lights, side skirts for more ground effect and downforce, bigger front diffuser and double DRS system.
“We can only congratulate Neel and the whole team for achieving this,” said Porsche’s LMP1 boss Andreas Seidl.
“All six LMP1 drivers contributed to this project, and our goal was to demonstrate the ability of the Hybrid 919 if the rules were a little bit relaxed.”
Jani – 919 Evo is brutally impressive
Neel Jani, who had a minimum speed of 306 km/h in Eau Rouge, reached 359 km/h on the straight and says that this car is definitely the fastest he has ever driven.
“Porsche 919 Evo is brutally impressive,” said Jani.
“Definitely the fastest car I ever drove. The level of grip is a new dimension to me, I couldn’t imagine something like this.”
“The speed that things are happening in a single lap with 919 requires a reaction rate that is very different from the one I used to in the WEC series.”
“We’re not just faster than the F1 pole position in 2017. We’re 12 seconds faster than our WEC pole position from 2017.”
The fantastic 919 Evo will be in action at 24hr Nurburgring race in May, and are scheduled to run at the Goodwood Festival in July, at Brands Hatch in September and at Laguna Seca in October.