In September we saw the Porsche 918 Spyder take the world record on the Nürburgring with an incredible lap time of 6:57 minutes. The super sports car made its run around the 154 turn, 12.8 mile track at an average speed of 111 mph, a feat thought to be nearly impossible on the world’s most dangerous, most demanding track.
Now, according to a Dec. 5 press release from McLaren, the McLaren P1 has made its mark on the Nürburgring, and with a time that is under seven minutes as well. The only problem is that McLaren refuses to publicly share the exact time.
Though McLaren is keeping the information under wraps, we expect that they aren’t far from the 918. The P1 boasts 903 hp, compared to the 918’s 887 hp, and is almost 600 lbs lighter than the 918. However, both cars ran around the track with an average speed just over 111 mph, and both were driven by highly trained, incredibly experienced drivers.
So assuming the same corners were cut, and that both cars averaged similar speeds around the track, it’s a safe bet that the P1’s lap time was incredibly similar to that of the Porsche 918. No matter the specifics of the time, it is a tremendous success for McLaren to have produced a car that made the run in less than seven minutes.
With their announcement of completing the lap in under seven minutes, McLaren released a video. In the video, we see the P1 taking on the “Green Hell” as it rips and whistles through the turns. The engine sounds amazing and the driver appears calm- hard to believe when seeing things through his eyes.
Enjoy the video and feel the adrenaline of being in the passenger seat below.