Did McLaren P1 just lapped the Nurburgring in 6 minutes and 47 seconds? [w/video]

Article by Christian A., on October 22, 2013

Although it is not official yet, it appears that the McLaren P1 managed to lap the Nurburgring in just 6 minutes and 47 seconds. The McLaren P1 was caught yesterday at Nurbrugring, which means that we should wait for an official press release very soon. For those who don’t know, back in September the P1 managed to lap the German racetrack in 7 minutes and 4 seconds but the British company refused to confirm the time as it knew that its hypercar can be even faster.

With the new impressive 6 minutes and 47 seconds, McLaren P1 unofficially became the fastest vehicle ever to lap the Nurburgring, even faster than the Radical SR8 LM. Last week we announced you that the Porsche 918 Syder managed to lap the Nurburgring in 6 minutes and 57 seconds but Marc Lieb a.k.a. company’s factory driver said that the car can be even faster.

After seeing the McLaren P1 you can be sure that Porsche will try its luck once again on the racetrack. But, both cars could be surprised by the LaFerrari, which is also trying to set a record in Germany.

Unveiled in its final production form at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new McLaren P1 was created to become the best driver's car in the world, both on the road and on track. McLaren planned to achieve this goal by building on its 50 years of racing experience and success, making use of its expertise in aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber technology.

Thanks to this, the McLaren P1 was able to become a road car that could generate a huge amount of downforce at par with that of a GT3 racing car, and with higher levels of ground effect. This downforce help the new P1 achieve greater levels of cornering and braking performance while attaining higher degrees of stability and drivability at all speeds.

Ron Dennis, McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman, noted that McLaren has always been at the cutting edge of vehicle aerodynamics, having introduced the carbon fiber chassis to Formula One in 1981 with the MP4/1 and having the first carbon-bodied road car. He remarked that all of these experiences were built into the new McLaren P1. He added that with the McLaren P1, the carmaker is redefining the performance bar for the supercar.

McLaren engineered the new P1 to boast of an outstanding straight-line performance as well as instant throttle response. This was achieved by employing an IPAS petrol-electric powertrain -- known as M838TQ -- that makes use of a revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine as well as a single electric motor for a total system power output of 916 PS (903 hp).

Since the electric motor has the capability to deliver instant torque, this powertrain is extremely responsive. At the same time, the powertrain is also very efficient, emitting carbon dioxide levels of less than 200 g/km while being able to travel more than 10 km in electric-only mode.

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