We're Desperate To See The McLaren P1 LM Attack The Green Hell

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Maybe this time an official lap time will be published.

It's likely you're well aware of the McLaren P1's rather complicated relationship with the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Though it's bound to have set a blisteringly fast time (rumors suggest it could be as low as 6 minutes and 47 seconds), McLaren obviously wasn't satisfied with the P1's pace there as no official time was ever revealed. Now, though, things could be changing. Autocar is suggesting we might end up seeing a P1 challenge for outright honors at the Nordschleife soon.

Admittedly, such an endeavour wouldn't be officially sanctioned by McLaren. Instead, the effort would be given the go-ahead by the British engineering and motorsports company Lanzante, which showed off the P1 LM's abilities at the Goodwood Hill Climb where it holds the honor of being the event's "fastest ever road-legal car."

Lanzante is probably best-known for winning the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans when fielding a McLaren F1 GTR. The firm's headline-grabbing exploits also extend to the development of the McLaren P1 LM. Essentially a comprehensive road-legal conversion of the P1 GTR, the LM will soon undergo final shakedown tests on the Nurburgring Nordschleife and, weather permitting, make an attempt on the lap record. Of course nothing's official yet, and there are a lot of variables against the attempt happening. Being a small company, Lanzante can't operate a long-running scheme to snag the record. And all the P1 LMs will be going to customers, Lanzante wishes to avoid "doing a Koenigsegg" as much as possible.

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