Today during qualifying session two of the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota LMP1 driver Kamui Kobayashi broke the Circuit de la Sarthe lap record with a 3:14.791 time—more than two seconds faster than the previous record set by Neel Jani in 2015.
Kobayashi's lap was so incredibly quick, it actually beat out a pole set in 1985 with four fewer corners on the circuit.
As explains, "Kobayashi’s time has eclipsed the 3:14.8 with which Hans Stuck claimed pole for Le Mans in 1985 on a circuit that had yet to include four of the corners on the current circuit layout."
So yeah, this year's cars are fast. Really fast. And the weather and track conditions were perfect during today's qualifying session, helping Kobayashi even further.
The FIA World Endurance Championship YouTube channel uploaded an in-cabin video of the lap. Yeah, this is freaky fast.
As of this writing, qualifying , which means this lap record may end up being broken again before the day's end. We'll just have to wait and see.
You can watch the rest of qualifying, and check out our spotter’s guide right here.