Hampshire-based specialist Lanzante has converted the track-specific 986bhp McLaren to road-going spec
26 May 2017

The McLaren P1 LM, a road-legal version of the track-focused 986bhp P1 GTR, has set a new lap record for production cars at the Nürburgring.

Lanzante, the car's maker that is renowned for its work on customer McLaren F1s and F1 GTRs, clocked a 6min 43sec laptime at the Green Hell with its machine, which is 9sec quicker than the latest record holder, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.

To emphasise its road worthiness, Lanzante said the car then drove off of the circuit and home to the UK.

The fastest even Nürburgring lap times

The P1 LM is claimed to be the quickest, rarest and last of the P1 variants. Just five production models are being made.

Video: McLaren P1 LM smashes Goodwood road car record

Lanzante says the biggest change from the P1 GTR is in the engine hardware, which now produces additional boost and hybrid power to keep the full 986bhp from the P1 GTR. It also gets gold-plated heat shielding in the engine bay, and the charge coolers have been tweaked to be more efficient at higher temperatures.

The P1 LM is 60kg lighter than the P1 GTR thanks to a number of weight-saving measures. The exhaust headers and catalytic convertor pipes are made from Inconel, saving 4.5kg, and race parts like the air jack system have been removed and lightweight seats from the F1 GTR are used.

Other alterations include fully exposed carbonfibre for the roof and additional panels, as well as improved aerodynamics from a modified rear wing, a front splitter and dive planes that, Lanzante claims, increase downforce over the P1 GTR by 40%.

Inside, the car gets exposed carbonfibre for the dashboard, instrument cowl, seat backs, roof, centre console and even floor mats. Air-con comes as standard.

Along with one grey experimental prototype, four production models will be produced in orange and one will be grey.

McLaren test driver Kenny Bräck has been part of the team that's developed the car's final settings.

Lanzante decided to undertake the conversion work following demand from customers who have bought the track-only version of the P1 GTR from the factory.

More than 40 £1.98 million P1 GTRs were sold, with the cars being offered to existing P1 road car owners only. The track car has a kerb weight of 1440kg, giving it around 685bhp per tonne.

Neither the McLaren factory nor its MSO division has been directly involved but McLaren is believed to have given the project its blessing. "I wouldn't do anything to damage our relationship with McLaren, which we've built up over 20 years through our work on the F1," said Lanzante boss Dean Lanzante.

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22 April 2015
No interest in it at all as a fake racing car/track only car, but as soon as it becomes road legal, I like it.

22 April 2015
Not for the first time, the mega rich leave me baffled. These customers already own a road-going P1, have a GTR because it isn't compromised for road use, and now wish to turn their GTR road legal too?

22 April 2015
The reason you are confused Scrap, is because like me, you are a car enthusiast. This is merely going to be part of a portfolio, not something to be actually enjoyed. Very limited special editions of already exotic machines will be kept in a vault as long term investments. Seems like a shame to me.

26 May 2017
scrap wrote:

Not for the first time, the mega rich leave me baffled. These customers already own a road-going P1, have a GTR because it isn't compromised for road use, and now wish to turn their GTR road legal too?

Two words - Limited Edition

22 April 2015
Maybe not in that colour, eh? Colour blind or Norwich City supporting billionaires only need apply.

22 April 2015
Outoftowner1969 wrote:

Maybe not in that colour, eh? Colour blind or Norwich City supporting billionaires only need apply.

The colours are meant to represent the Harrods racing colours that the McLaren F1 used to race in.

22 April 2015
I should qualify my new-found enthusiasm by saying that if I had a road going one of these, I would of course dump the P1...

22 April 2015
I'd probably go the other way and keep the GTR as it is for track use and further develop the standard P1 so it didn't have to do the whole Jekyll an Hyde split personality thing. I always thought that as soon as an existing customer bought the GTR that they were effectively making one half of the P1's ability redundant as it's track setting is illegal for road use and if your planning to do a track day your going to use the very expensive car designed specifically for the task not the one that's a compromise. I'd personally take away the standard cars on track ability and all the concessions made to it and maximize it's on road potential. You would then have a car for each discipline that was fully focused

27 April 2015
Perhaps McLaren should be spending time and money on their F1 cars?
Last significant season 2008, all we have had since then are excuses whilst Brawn, Red Bull, Mercedes have been out of sight.
Constructors Championship?

I am a McLaren fan but in the 2010's they should leave the exotic road cars to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ascari.

26 May 2017
The day Mclaren made a 4WD car it would be all over.


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