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A Porsche 919 Is Not Something You See On The Street Every Day

The King of the 'Ring spends one night in Bangkok on its Tribute Tour

There was a time when you could drive your race car to the track, race it all day, then drive it home again. Those days are long behind us, with race cars these days extending far beyond the scope of road cars. So it's not every day that you see a modern race car on the road, but that's what makes this short clip so special.

Filmed on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, is the Porsche 919 Evo. It's based closely on the car with which Porsche won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship three years running.

The 919 Evo is now on a Tribute Tour, visiting locations around the world. Along the way it claimed the outright lap records at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (where it beat Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes F1 car) and the Nürburgring Nordschleife (where it topped its own record set in the 956 in 1983).

It also drove up the hill at Goodwood, and has (like it did here) driven on city streets of New York, Shanghai, and the famous Hakone Turnpike in Japan. And the 919 Tribute Tour still has a few events left on the calendar this year.

Before 2018 is consigned to the history books, we'll see the 919 Evo pop up in South Africa, at Brands Hatch in the UK, at Laguna Seca in California, and at one final event in October, still to be announced.

Then, it would seem, Porsche will retire the 919 for good, holding its place as one of the most victorious racing cars ever devised. With 17 checkered flags to its name, it's won nearly half of the 33 races in which it's entered. But we'll undoubtedly remember it best for its three wins at Le Mans and the Nürburgring and Spa lap records .

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