The McLaren name was born on the race track and, 50 years later, it is among the most successful name in global motorsports. 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 on the Nürburgring circuit.
From the outset, the McLaren P1 has been developed with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on both road and track. To achieve this, the development program has focussed on ensuring the McLaren P1 pushes the boundaries in terms of sheer performance, with testing carried out in some of the harshest conditions around the world. But one challenge remained, and that was arguably the toughest of them all.
20.8 kilometres driven at an average speed in excess of 178 km/h. Sounds easy, until you add in more than 150 corners, 300 metres of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g. All in less than seven minutes.
“The fact that the McLaren P1 has posted a sub-seven-minute lap at the Nürburgring is unbelievably impressive,” said McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button. “I’ve been an F-1 driver for 14 years, and I’ve driven more than 240 Grands Prix and, although I’ve never raced an F-1 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 race track it is.
“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 race track of them all, that McLaren has created a genuine game-changer,” Button said.
The groundbreaking McLaren P1 is equipped with a dual powerplant drivetrain generating 916PS (903 bhp). A highly efficient 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine produces 737PS (727 bhp) which is coupled to a 179PS (176 bhp) lightweight electric motor to offer optimized performance. The efficient drivetrain offers instant torque and throttle response, with performance figures to match – 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds and 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds.
The combination of optimized aerodynamics, cutting-edge bespoke systems developed with technical partners and never-before-used technologies, have ensured the McLaren P1™ has achieved, and in many cases exceeded, all objectives during development. It is the culmination of five decades of race-winning knowledge and expertise which has been transferred to the track with the motivating factors that have driven the McLaren name to be one of the most successful in motorsport – belief and a desire to achieve.
“This final challenge for the McLaren P1 was very publicly set out earlier this year, and the result is true testament to the team in Woking,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. “Not only in terms of what has been achieved in Germany, but in what has been achieved with this project. The McLaren P1 is a technical tour de force, and is truly a car that we at McLaren are very proud of.”