The Porsche 919 Tribute from the year 2018 has now appeared as a modelcar. Porsche has delivered the miniature in scale 1:43 in the typical packaging for the brand and thus modeled on a racing car that has not participated in any race. And there was a reason for this: Porsche Motorsport wanted to test how a sports car prototype, freed from all restrictions of the regulations, hits the racetrack. The Evo version of the Porsche 919 Hybrid is based on the Le Mans Total Winner and WEC Endurance World Champion of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Their hybrid powertrain generates a system output of 853 kW / 1,160 hp. The Evo weighs only 849 kilograms, since the lighting system and jack device, air conditioning and windscreen wiper was waived.
The wheel carriers and the power steering were strengthened because of the expected higher speeds. The modified, active aerodynamics with larger front diffuser, wider rear wing and a DRS system generate 53 percent more downforce compared to the WEC model. And that has certainly made an impact: on April 9, 2018, Porsche set with the 919 Tribute an unofficial lap record of 1:41.770 minutes at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and was thus faster than the Formula 1. On the morning of June 29th, 2018, Timo Bernhard wrote Motorsport History: He covered the 20.832-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife in 5:19.55 minutes. Thus, the five-time overall winner of the Nürburgring 24-hour race and two-time endurance World Champion achieved an average speed of 233.8 kilometers per hour.
And so rounded the Nordschleife faster than Stefan Bellof succeeded in 1983. Bernhard - avowed Bellof fan - undercut the previous track record of the unforgotten Gießener racer by 51.58 seconds: 35 years and 31 days Bellofs record round of 6: 11,13 minutes remained unchallenged, which he has driven during the training of the 1000-kilometer race on May 28th, 1983 with a 456 kW / 620 hp Rothmans Porsche 956 C. His average speed was 202 kilometers per hour. Timo Bernhard climbed proudly and relieved after reaching the record from the narrow cockpit of the Le Mans prototype. "This is a great moment for me and for the whole team. The crowning of the 919 program! The Evo was perfectly prepared and I gave it all on this lap," said the professional racer and team owner happily.
A worthy model is reminiscent of a great achievement
"Due to the aerodynamic pressure, passages go full throttle, which I never imagined before - the Nordschleife is really familiar to me, but today I got to know it anew," says the 38-year-old from Bruchmühlbach-Miesau, whose respect for Bellofs performance with the technology at that time according to own data with the own record run still have to approve. LMP Team Principal Andreas Seidl: "Congratulations to Timo for his sensational drive, as record winner at the Nürburgring, Timo was the logical choice for this task!" And this is exactly what a modelcar, which plays in the finish and appearance exactly on the level of its role model reminds us and Porsche, Timo Bernhard and the 919 Tribute a worthy monument sets.