McLaren's new hypercar reportedly sets a blistering pace at the Nürburgring, at an average speed of more than 111mph
Darren Moss
6 December 2013

The McLaren P1 has acheived its target of a sub-seven-minute lap around the Nürburgring, according to its makers.

The manufacturer has confirmed the hypercar completed its 12.9-mile lap at an average speed of more than 111mph. Theoretically, an exact 111mph average speed over 12.9 miles would take about 6min 59.17sec.

However, McLaren hasn't revealed the exact time of the run. The Porsche 918 Spyder set a 6min 57sec lap time in September, which was verified on video.

McLaren has firmly stated in the past that its target time was only sub seven minutes, with the P1 a regular visitor to the Nürburgring track throughout 2013

McLaren's chief test driver, Chris Goodwin, drove the lap and said: "The track is like the rollercoaster from hell. However, the car feels balanced and poised throughout, and inspires you to push on with the levels of grip and all-round ability.

"With a car this fast, stability is just as important as ultimate grip, and some of the bumpiest sections of the track are also the fastest."

The firm has released a short film about its lap attempt. 

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6 December 2013
McLaren OBVIOUSLY haven't broken the Porsche's record of 6min 57sec, otherwise the publicity machine would have gone into hyper drive, and we would have been bombarded with the news. To be honest it makes not the slightest bit of difference to us mere mortals. It's just bragging rights for the manufacturer. I have to say I am warming to the Porshce


6 December 2013
Is'nt as experienced as Marc Lieb/Walter Rohl at the Nordschleife nor possibly ultimately as fast. Still the 918 given the weight is a hell of a result, who do Ferrari have to do a time?

6 December 2013
I agree with Jer.....Chris Goodwin ? I've not wikipedia'd him but I'm pretty sure his pedigree is not like Rohrl's. Whose is !!!??? Maybe McLaren should contract to a guy that knows the 'Ring German for example !!?? How's about Marc Basseng, Dominic Farnbacher, Florian Gruber or anyone from DTM....since I suspect that Marc Lieb is ever so slightly allied to another manufacturer....;-) Or go Dutch with Michael Vergers who actually does hold the production car record with the Radical SR8 LM..... Local knowledge around such a long track must be worth at least 5 seconds......I reckon that the P1 would be faster than the 918 around a shorter, technical track by some margin.....Let's hope What Car ? does a P1-918 comparison sometime.......;-)


6 December 2013
They should all let Sabine drive them round the ring. Then we'd know. Then she can beat their times in a van ;-)

6 December 2013
I think having seen the comments on the Mclaren forums and the people on the You tube videos stunned into silence by the sheer pace of the P1, I am confident that it is not only faster than the 918 but is so by a considerable margin. By saying under 7 mins Mclaren don't have to get into a tit for tat battle with Ferrari and Porsche. The best PR would be to let one of the magazines test the cars and see what they can achieve. As Mclaren hinted in the past, no rules apply with regard to manufacturers setting times at the circuit, so in effect they can run different set ups, different mapping etc which is not fair and representative of a stock car. Either way Mclarens cars are mind blowing in performance terms and I for one am glad to see a British car company (you don't hear that very often challenging some of the most established performance car manufacturers.

7 December 2013
[quote=Greeny3267]I am confident that it is not only faster than the 918 but is so by a considerable margin. By saying under 7 mins Mclaren don't have to get into a tit for tat battle with Ferrari and Porsche. [/quote] My Ford Focus 1.6tdci can lap the Ring in under 30mins. I'm confident it's faster than all three but I''ll withhold the actual time thus avoiding a tit for tat battle with anyone. If McLaren risk tit for tat battles publishing full official performance and efficiency figures for the P1, then why not their lap time? The conspiracy theories don't hold.

6 December 2013
What I find more remarkable is the lap time set by the Porsche 956 sports-prototype way back in 1983. Ok, it's a purpose built racing car featuring slick tyres and weighing around 800 kg but while it was state of the art back then, it is positively antiquated compared to the current generation of hypercars in virtually every area, including aerodynamics, suspension, braking and steering, while also featuring around 50% less power. And yet, despite this the 918 and, seemingly, the P1 are still massively slower than the 956's 6:11.13. Even with slicks, I think the 918 and P1 would struggle to get close to the 30 year old racing car's time. Which says more about how far ahead racing car design is.

6 December 2013
[quote=Lanehogger] Even with slicks, I think the 918 and P1 would struggle to get close to the 30 year old racing car's time. Which says more about how far ahead racing car design is.[/quote] No it doesn't. It shows that a purpose-built track car, with considerable downforce, is faster round a track than a road car. Not entirely surprising.


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13 December 2013
It's not very surprising that a full race car on slicks, even if the car is decades, old is faster than full production street legal, somewhat luxurious cars on street tires.

6 December 2013
So you think McLaren is going to pass up the opportunity of claiming the record from Porsche and all the free publicity that goes with it. Naive or what. IF, and it's a BIG IF, they have done it, the only reason they have not announced it is because they are worried what the LaFerrari will do, and they have kept their options open. If they beat the Ferrari, they will announce it. If they didn't they will just keep quiet and let people speculate. Underhand tactics, as far as I am concerned.


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