The man in the vehicle - Timo Bernhard.
And what a race vehicle it turned out to be!
Bernhard took on the challenge of beating the time, set by his childhood hero in the Porsche 919 Evo and after a quick warm up lap returned to the pits to get ready for a proper run.
Driving the record-setting race auto was Timo Bernhard, a veteran endurance racer with a whopping five victories at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring to his name from behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3-RSR.More news: Finnish capital possible location for Trump-Putin summit
The new time is almost a minute quicker than the old record of 6:11.13 - and the old time did take a while to beat, as it was set by Formula 1 driver Stefan Bellof way back in May 1983. The auto used for the accomplishment was a Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo LMP1 racer. Porsche also increased aerodynamics with a larger front diffuser, new rear wing, and fixed height side skirts, contributing to a 53 percent increase in downforce.
Last April, Porsche took the 919 Hybrid Evo with Neel Jani behind the wheel to Spa Francorchamps, where it also broke the overall lap record with a 1:14.770, beating the previous record set by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes F1 vehicle.
The Nürburgring circuit in Germany, nicknamed "the Green Hell" for its torturous corners and tree-lined tarmac, is considered by many to be the world's most hard race track, and lap times around it are often used as a benchmark for high-performance cars.
First time out the five-time N24 victor posted a time of 5min 31sec, breaking the record by 40sec.
The next stop on the 919's record-chasing farewell tour will be the Goodwood Festival of speed at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom on July 12-15.