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11 April 2018

Faster than an F1 car, Porsche breaks Spa-Francorchamps lap record!

By Iain KellyIain Kelly
  • Porsche's 919 hybrid racing car is faster than the best F1 car around Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. (image credit: Road and Track) Porsche's 919 hybrid racing car is faster than the best F1 car around Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. (image credit: Road and Track)
  • Porsche factory driver Neel Jani bested the time Hamilton set in qualifying last year at the legendary circuit. (image credit: Road and Track) Porsche factory driver Neel Jani bested the time Hamilton set in qualifying last year at the legendary circuit. (image credit: Road and Track)
  • Compared to the 2017, this 919 Hybrid Evo makes 53% more downforce. (image credit: Road and Track) Compared to the 2017, this 919 Hybrid Evo makes 53% more downforce. (image credit: Road and Track)

Porsche have proved its Le Mans 24-hour-conquering 919 hybrid racing car is faster than the best F1 car by resetting the lap record at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Using an unrestricted “Evo” version of their 919 LMP1-class race car the German marque stopped the clock at 1:41.770, some 0.78secs faster than three-time F1 champion Hamilton’s existing record.

Porsche factory driver Neel Jani bested the time Hamilton set in qualifying last year at the legendary circuit. Using the car which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017 Porsche created the 919 Hybrid Evo by pushing the turbo petrol V4 engine up to 720hp (from 500hp), with the electric motor juiced up 40hp to 440hp, while 40kg was cut from the car’s mass to bring it under 1000kg. The big news is extensive aero upgrades to make 53% more downforce, or more than a current F1 car!

Iain Kelly is the motorsport enthusiast behind The Creators Online.

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