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Porsche has been teasing us for three days by running the 919 Hybrid Evo at Laguna Seca for the Rennsport Reunion festivities. For three days they’ve run within seconds of the track record, seeing times as low as the 1:07 range, while Ferrari’s F2003-GA record is mouth-wateringly close at just 1:05.786. When I arrived at Laguna Seca and saw the stacks of tires with warming blankets wrapped around them, plus a full crew of engineers, it was pretty obvious that Porsche would be putting in a serious attempt for the track record.

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The final day of Rennsport is upon us, and the last session for the 919's so-called Exhibition Laps has come and gone without a new record. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like, but I think they’re going to stick around through Monday to set a fast time when they have the whole track to themselves. Watch this space for more as it becomes available.

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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turbodogs02

I was there and it was absolutely amazing to not only see the car live and up close in the pits (pics with all sorts of body panels off and everything, gorgeous machine), but to also realize how small and QUIET it was. After earsfull of Rennsport goodness all weekend long, I was kinda shocked at how relatively quiet it was a full rip. That’s not to say it wasn’t awesome or didn’t sound rad, but just not the noise I figured it would make.

On a side note, we also got to listen to an interview with Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber. Besides really emphasizing just how poor the visibility is from inside the car, Earl compared it to holding a sheet of paper up in front of your eye’s and that pretty much being your entire field of vision. Gave me a whole new appreciation for just how badass these drivers are....especially thinking of them at 200+, at night, at Le Mons....incredible.