In just a few short years, the Porsche 919 Hybrid has taken the racing world by storm. After a 16-year hiatus from Le Mans\u2019 top class, the car\u2014powered by a 2.0 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a battery-based hybrid system\u2014was a bold statement when it debuted at Silverstone in 2014. Porsche was resoundingly back.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nAfter hitting their stride late in 2014 season with the car\u2019s first win at WEC\u2019s season finale in Brazil, Porsche Motorsport went on to lead in endurance racing\u2019s premiere class. In just a span of four years, the 919 racked up an impressive record: 20 pole positions, 17 race victories, 6 WC titles, 3 overall Le Mans victories. Not bad for just a few years work. Even so, Porsche has decided that it will be retiring the 919 Hybrid late in 2019 to focus on the Formula E series. But before they go, the 919 has some unfinished business. The 919 Hybrid \u201cEVO\u201d version is currently on a tribute tour to thank fans and supporters around the world and give them one last glimpse of the landmark car before it takes its resting place in line with its storied predecessors, the 917 race car and 918 Spyder at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen.It\u2019s not a purely ceremonial send-off though. While they\u2019re at it, Porsche is also out to obliterate track records at some of the planet\u2019s most renowned circuits. Untethered by WEC rules and regulations, the 919 Hybrid Evo is sporting some serious upgrades. The engine output has been increased from 500 hp to 720 hp, weight reduced by 39 kg and the body kit has been modified to increase downforce by 53 per cent and also offer an increase of 66 per cent in efficiency. This version is meant to show that the 919 is no relic of the past, and even four years after its debut, the platform still has plenty of room to grow. The 919 Tribute tour is a fitting, albeit premature, exit for the race car as it undoubtedly could remain competitive for years to come under the current rule package. Rather than wait for the competition to catch up though, Porsche\u2019s decided to leave while on top and give full attention to its BEV (battery electric vehicle) racing program.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nThe short lifespan may be testament to the current pace of innovation in racing\u2014and the automotive industry at large\u2014but more importantly, it speaks to Porsche\u2019s commitment to focus. It would be impossible for them to split their resources, competing in both the WEC Endurance Series and Formula E with equal intensity. They put their heart and soul into the 919 Hybrid and will undoubtedly bring that same commitment and passion towards entry into the Formula e series, the Frankfurt Sportscar.On April 8th, 2018, the 919 Hybrid Evo earned a new lap record at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, besting the standing time, set by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton last year, by 0.783 seconds. Even more impressively, just this week driver Timo Bernhard shattered the Nordschleife circuit track record at N\u00fcrburgring with a time of 5:19.546\u2014nearly a full minute faster than Stefan Bellof\u2019s longstanding lap record of 6:11.13.With several more stops remaining on the Tribute Tour, more lap records are sure to fall. Next up, The Goodwood Festival of Speed and Brands Hatch in England, at Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and its infamous corkscrew in California, as well as stops in Asia.The 919 Tribute tour should be seen as less a bittersweet goodbye and more a promising preamble towards what will prove to be an exciting time for race enthusiasts in the coming years. Porsche\u2019s move to take its place among other industry heavyweights already in the all-electric Formula E series signals a renewal of that connection between the cars on the track and the vehicles we drive every day.