Left with the last target this year, McLaren P1 has made it to sub-seven minute club at the 20.8km Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit with a regular speed of 178kmph. The McLaren name was born on the racetrack and, 50 years on, is the most successful name in global motorsport. That desire and determination to push for every extra tenth of a second, and obsessive focus on perfection, has seen the final development objective for the now sold out McLaren P1 achieved: a sub-seven minute lap time of the Nürburgring circuit.
Commenting on the sub-seven achievement by the McLaren P1, McLaren Formula 1 driver and 2009 world champion Jenson Button said: ‘The fact that the McLaren P1 has posted a sub-seven-minute lap at the Nürburgring is unbelievably impressive. ‘I’ve been an F1 driver for 14 years, and I’ve driven more than 240 Grands Prix and, although I’ve never raced an F1 car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, because the last time the German Grand Prix was held there was before I was born, I know exactly how challenging, and daunting, a racetrack it is. ‘Over the past dozen-or-so years I’ve owned a lot of ultra-high-performance road cars. I’ve driven the McLaren P1 on a number of occasions – including up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was sensational – and I think it’s a truly superb machine: unbelievably refined yet unbelievably quick. ‘But, as I say, for it to have recorded a sub-seven minute lap time around the Nürburgring is the icing on the cake: proof positive, backed by hard data, on the greatest racetrack of them all, that McLaren has created a genuine game-changer.’
P1 did a sprint from not to 300kph in less than 17 seconds with a limited top speed of 350kmph. Talking about the Nürburgring, or the Nürburgring-Nordschleife taking its full name, is one of the most fearsome circuits in the world. The 20.8 kilometre ribbon of tarmac through Germany’s Eifel Forest was a date on the Formula 1 calendar up until 1976, when it was dropped from the championship on safety grounds after the crash that nearly cost Niki Lauda his life.
The revolutionary McLaren P1 is armed with a dual powerplant drivetrain emitting 903 bhp. A highly efficient 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine produces 727 bhp which is connected to a 176 bhp lightweight electric motor to offer optimised performance. The efficient drivetrain offers burning torque and throttle feedback, with performance figures to match – 0-100kmph in 2.8 seconds, 0-200kmph in 6.8 seconds and 0-300kmph in 16.5 seconds.