It has been 35 years since the Porsche 956 broke the lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Norbert Singer was tasked with winning the FIA World Championship, so he shocked everyone in 1982. The 956 was a Group C competitor that turned in the fastest time at Germany’s famous track.
To show us just how far they’ve come, the 956 was joined by a 919 Hybrid Evo to celebrate the successes of both cars. The 919 Hybrid has been retired, so Porsche is taking it on a world tour for all to see. Their first stop was Manhattan, the site of the first Porsche dealer in the Western Hemisphere. Then it was on to Spa, a track where Porsche has dominated for decades.
Uploaded in a YouTube video last night, it was a return to Castle Nürburg to see these legends in action. The 956 is powered by a 2.65 liter flat-6 with enough turbo boost to make 635 horsepower. Essentially it was a Porsche 930 engine tuned for Indianapolis.
The 919 Hybrid uses an even smaller 2.0 liter V4 (also turbocharged), but it has an advanced hybrid energy storage system. Both cars represent the state of the art of their era, so it makes us wonder what’s coming next. Of course, the closest we will ever get to driving a 919 Hybrid is the Porsche 918 Spyder, so click the link below to find yours and stay with us for all your Porsche updates.