[PC2] Mods Porsche 919 Evo In homage to Stéphane Bellof
Stefan Bellof is a shooting star in the sky of motorsport. He has illuminated the discipline with his presence and talent. But like some tragic fates, far too many in motor sport, an accident takes his life too soon.
Through the Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO mod, the Madness Garage team wanted to pay tribute to him.
Stefan Bellof was born in 1957 in Giessen, Germany. He started go-karting at the age of 16. In 1980, for his first season in Formula Ford 1600, he became German champion with 9 victories out of 14 races.
The following year, he signs again in this same championship and takes advantage of it to run a few races in Super VW or in the R5 Turbo cup. During the season, Bertram Shafer Racing offered him to drive a Ralt-Toyota for the last seven races of the F3 championship. After 5 pole positions, 4 best race laps and 3 victories, he finished second in the championship!
Of course, with such performances, all the spotlight is on him and he soon finds himself with a contract to compete in the European F2 Championship. He will spend the 82 and 83 seasons there.
In parallel to the F2, he took part in a round of the World Endurance Championship. Kremer offers him to take the wheel of their Porsche CK5 for the 1000 km of Spa in 82. He gave up on lap 50. But his lap times were remarkable, so Porsche offered him a steering wheel for the 1983 season where, when he wasn't behind the wheel of his F2, he drove an official Porsche 956.
May 23rd, 1983 the third round of the world championship, the 1000 km Nürburgring, took place. The weather is cloudy, the cold settles slowly but surely along the day, making it difficult to keep the tyres warm. Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx's team mate on the second 956 slammed a time of 6'27"360. The milestones are set. Bob Wollek on Joest Racing's 956 could not get below 6'31". Until Bellof took off. After a few warm-up laps, he sets off into the green hell and 6 minutes, 11 seconds and 13 hundredths later, the clock stops as he just crossed the starter's line!
A thunderous crash in the Eiffel Massif, Bellof has just broken the circuit record and at the same time become the first driver to complete a lap of the famous circuit at an average speed of over 200 km/h.
"You can't do a 1000 km race like that. Any team official should have slowed him down! " - Derek Bell on his performance in the Porsche 956 at the Nürburgring.
In 84, Stefan Bellof raced in the World Endurance Championship, in DRM and took part in 11 F1 GPs with Tyrell. At the end of the season he won the title in the first two championships, but the single-seater gave him neither the performance nor the reliability to try anything.
Stefan Bellof's outstanding performance in sports car racing attracted a lot of attention from Formula One teams. Bellof almost got a seat in one of the then dominant McLaren TAG-Porsche cars. Despite Bellof's superb test results, McLaren started with Niki Lauda and Alain Prost. They dominated the following years as they wished. Due to Bellof's contract with Porsche, a transfer to Brabham BMW was also blocked.
In 85, he settled for F1 (still with Tyrell) and the World Endurance Championship for the Walter Brun team. On September 1, while Thierry Boutsen was leading the 1000 km of Spa at the wheel of a private Porsche 956, he returned home to refuel and leave his place to Stefan Bellof who, after a starting problem, came out behind the Porsche 962 of Jacky Ickx then in the lead of the race. Overmotivated, the German driver took off again with a knife between his teeth, he wanted to win in front of the official cars. Two laps later, he was already honking his horn behind Ickx. The battle is Dantesque. It will last two laps despite the ardour and speed of Bellof, in the face of the experience and cunning of Ickx, who stretches out his trajectories and closes all the doors.
On lap 77, both cars attack the Raidillon. Bellof dislocated to try to overtake, but the two cars collided and spun off. Ickx's car went to hit the guardrails in reverse.
Luck was not smiling that day in Beloff. His Porsche 956 passed the safety barriers and finished the race by crashing into a wall at the foot of the grandstands from the front. The driver is killed instantly. The automobile world is in shock. One of the greatest talents of his time had just been lost that day.
Sad end for a driver whose destiny was undoubtedly a Ferrari steering wheel in F1.
There is consternation in the stands and in the paddock. The young German was in talks with the Scuderia Ferrari after making a remarkable F1 debut with the modest Tyrrell team. Some racing specialists were predicting a top-level duel between the young Ayrton Senna and Stefan Bellof in the future.
35 years later
It was not until the morning of June 29, 2018, that the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo driven by Timo Bernhard set a new record at the Nürburgring circuit.
The 37-year-old German improved the record by almost a minute over the 20.832km "Green Hell" and its 73 corners with a time of 5 minutes 19 seconds and 55 thousandths.
Porsche has given its engineers carte blanche to "free" the 919 Hybrid prototype which previously raced in LMP1, freeing itself from the regulatory constraints of competition to give birth to this Evo version.
The turbocharged 2L V4 connected to the rear wheels went from 500hp to 720hp.
The electric motor associated with the front wheels went from 400hp to 440hp, specific skirts, rocker panels, spoiler and diffuser allow to improve the aerodynamic support and to make the rocket on wheels lose 39kg to display 849kg dry weight.
Without forgetting its active DRS allowing the car to run at full speed.
This treatment had previously enabled Porsche to beat the absolute record at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
Bad tongues will say that the new record is set on a shorter track of two kilometres with an out-of-class vehicle, but Beloff's performance was extraordinary and will no doubt never be equalled. This in no way detracts from the quality of the Porsche engineers' work with the 919evo, which marks a new chapter in the history of motorsport.
When two telents decide to work together...
The 919 Evo marks the beginning of a collaboration with Jonz. Passionate about motorsports, but above all extremely appreciated for his official and unofficial project car trailers, he now works in symbiosis with Robbi.
Following his two enthusiasts in the development of such a complex project is extremely exciting.
Other than the conversion of the car, particular care has been taken with the different skins available in this pack. The two protagonists did not hesitate to document themselves, improve, look for small details in order to take particular care of the smallest detail.
The skin of the 919 Evo is reproduced in high definition.
Technical data sheet: 919 Hybrid Evo
Monocoque: composite fibre structure consisting of carbon fibre with a honeycomb aluminium core. The cockpit is closed.
Combustion engine: V4 engine (90 degree cylinder bank angle), turbocharged, four valves per cylinder, DOHC, one Garrett turbocharger, direct petrol injection, fully load-bearing aluminium cylinder crankcase, dry sump lubrication
Max. engine speed: ≈ 9,000/min
Engine management: Bosch MS5
Displacement: 2,000cm3 (V4 engine)
Output: Combustion engine: 720HP, rear axle (< 500HP)
MGU: 440HP, front axle (> 400HP)
Hybrid system: KERS with a motor generator unit (MGU) mounted on the front axle; ERS for recuperation of energy from exhaust gases. Energy storage in a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with cells from A123 Systems
Drive system: rear wheel drive, traction control (ASR), temporary all-wheel drive at the front axle via the electric motor when boosted, hydraulically operated sequential 7-speed racing gearbox
Chassis: independent front and rear wheel suspension, pushrod layout with adjustable dampers and Pitch Link System with actively controlled lockout system (no actively controlled lockout system in the 919 WEC version)
Brake system: 4-wheel brake-by-wire system (front-rear brake-by-wire system), monobloc alloy brake callipers, ventilated carbon fibre brake discs front and rear.
Variable control of wheel torques to optimise the car balance (variable control of torque distribution front to rear)
Wheels and tyres: forged magnesium wheel rims from BBS; Michelin radial tyres, front and rear: 310/710-18
Weight: 849kg (888kg including driver ballast)
Length: 5,078mm (4,650mm)
Fuel tank capacity: 62.3 litres
A beautiful tribute from these two mechanical enthusiasts to the driver whose destiny did not smile during these 1000 kilometres of Spa-Francorchamps.
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The funds are entirely returned to JonZ and Robbi for their well deserved work.
1957 - 1985