Starting life in 2014 as a Le Mans prototype racer which brought Porsche back to the winner’s circle at the top of endurance racing, the 919 Hybrid has since evolved into the 919 Hybrid Evo as a no-holds-barred exercise in exploring the realm of what’s possible when freed from sanctioned racing regulations.

Today, the Weissach-based racing outfit has taken the record for the 20.8 km-long circuit with a time of five minutes and 19.55 seconds, with Timo Bernhard in the hot seat, beating the outgoing record by nearly a minute. The outright record at the “Green Hell,” as the Nurburgring Nordschleife is otherwise known, was held by Porsche’s own 956 C with Stefan Bellof at the wheel, charting a time of six minutes 11.13 seconds.

The 919 Hybrid Evo had already shown what’s possible, having taken the outright lap record at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium at the hands of Neel Jani for an average speed of 245.61 km/h throughout the record lap, usurping the previous record held by Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ by 0.783 seconds.

A Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time beginning with a five has, until now, been strictly the stuff of PlayStation exploits; watch the video of the onboard lap below.

GALLERY: Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo