McLaren P1 attempting to set a new record Nurburgring to beat the Porsche 918 Spyder

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 18, 2013

As you may know already, the Porsche 918 Spyder lapped the Nurburgring in just 6 minutes and 57 seconds. Still, Marc Lieb (Porsche factory driver) said that the car could go even faster. As a result, McLaren will return tu Nurburgring with its P1 hypercar in order to take on the Porsche 918 Spyder. For those who don’t know, the McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 4 seconds, which means that the 918 Spyder was 7 seconds faster than the British car.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine delivering 608 hp and is coupled to a hybrid module because the vehicle is designed as a parallel hybrid. The hybrid module consists of a 115 kW electric motor and a decoupler that serves as a connection with the combustion engine.

On the front axle there is another independent electric motor that has an output of 95 kW. The total amount of power delivered by the Porsche 918 Spyder is 887 hp. The German supercar hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.7 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) in 22 seconds. Meanwhile, the McLaren P1 uses a twin-turbo V8 engine rated at 737 hp as well as an electric motor which delivers 179 hp.

The total amount of power delivered by the McLaren P1 is 916 hp. With these numbers, the P1 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 17 seconds. In reality it appears that the McLaren P1 is faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder, but we shall see which is faster.

Still, we will have to see how fast is the new LaFerrari on the Nurburgring, right? The Italian supercar uses a 6.3-liter V12 engine delivering 800 hp and an electric motor with 163 hp. The LaFerrari hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) in 15 seconds. More details to be revealed when the Italian supercar will lap the Nurburgring!

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