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The McLaren P1 LM has just set a 6m 43s Nürburgring time
Woah. Bewinged, road-legal downforce-happy P1 sets blistering 'Ring time. Watch it here
Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to one of the fastest cars to have ever raced around the Nürburgring. A McLaren P1 LM has just set a time of 6m 43.2s. You can watch the full madness above, but before you do, some context.
Only recently, Nio sent its EP9 electric supercar around the track to record a time of 6m 45.9s, which itself is ludicrously quick. Before that, Lamborghini’s new Huracán Performante managed to squirm its way around the Nordschleife in 6m 52.01s. Which in turn is quicker than the Lamborghini Aventador SV which managed 6m 59s. Which in turn is quicker than the…
You get the point. Lanzante - who prepare the P1 LMs, and before that prepared a semi-works F1 GTR that won at Le Mans in ‘95 - just went and obliterated the lot of them. Kenny Brack, no stranger to fast times (he set the quickest time in a P1 LM at Goodwood last year), was the man with the golden gloves. We’re told that over the past 11 months, Lanzante have been testing the XP1LM prototype (identical to the five road cars they’ve already sold), and during its final phases at the ‘Ring, managed to hit that magic time. Get this: it then simply drove back home from Germany to the UK, no doubt stopping off for a celebrity pasty on the way home.
What’s a P1 LM, then? Only one of the hardest, fastest P1s ever built, and rarest too. It’s 60kg lighter than standard, thanks to such things as lightweight seats, plastic windows, titanium bolts and fixings. There’s gold plating in the engine bay, which houses an upsized 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing a full 1000bhp.
Then there’s upgraded aero, too. A modified rear wing, larger front splitter and dive planes help produce 40 per cent more downforce than a P1 GTR for goodness sake. Much carbon is deployed too. And don’t forget, it’s all road-legal. Sheesh.
Now go watch Kenny’s attempt at the video above. Reckon he could have gone faster still, and more importantly, when will it ever end?