Can the McLaren P1 LM set a new street-legal Nurburgring lap record?
You probably don’t need us to tell you that the McLaren P1 is a phenomenal car. Just when we thought it couldn’t possibly be improved, along came the track-only P1 GTR. Lazante Motorsport then made an insane road-legal version of the GTR called the P1 LM, and we’ve been eager to see it get put through its paces around the Nurburgring ever since. After being spotted at the famous race circuit last year, the McLaren P1 LM has returned to the track to chase a new lap record.
Only five P1 LM models were made, along with a sixth prototype car which can be seen rocketing around the Ring in the video below, and it looks and sounds spine-tinglingly savage as it thunders down the straight. It’s so savage that, at one point, the insane hybrid hypercar scrapes the surface of the track causing sparks to fly.
Powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo hybrid setup producing 986-hp, the P1 LM is 132 pounds lighter than the standard road car, so it should have no problem setting a blistering lap time. Behind the wheel of the P1 is Indy 500 champion Kenny Brack, who helped develop the P1 LM and set the street-legal record at the Goodwood House hill climb at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. For it to set a new street-legal record, the P1 LM will need to beat the 6:48.28 time set by the Radical SR8 in 2009. That’s not to be confused with the 6:52.01 time set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, which set a new production car lap record at the Ring. Let's hope Brck’s record attempt was successful this time.