McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring in less than seven minutes (+Video)

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McLaren announced us that the P1 supercar managed to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. 20.8 kilometers driven at an average speed in excess of 178 km/h. Sounds easy, until you add in more than 150 corners, 300 meters of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g. All in less than seven minutes.

“We set a series of challenging targets throughout the development of the McLaren P1, with the most significant one being the fact that the car would be the best driver’s car on both road and track. I am extremely proud of the fact that we have achieved everything we originally set out to do, and in such a convincing manner”, explained Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive.

For now, the British car manufacturer declined to say whether or not their supercar managed to beat the Porsche 918 Spyder time, but they told us that the P1 “achieved its one remaining performance target”.

“The sub-seven minute lap time of the Nurburgring was set as part of a list of targets the McLaren P1 had to meet and, as with other objectives within the programme, the team has more than achieved what we set out to do. It is a fitting tribute to the company in its 50th year, and to Bruce, the founder, whose ideals we live every day”, said Chris Goodwin, McLaren chief test driver.

As a reminder, the McLaren P1 features a hybrid powertrain made from a twin-turbo 3.8 liter V8 unit and an electric engine that offers 179 horsepower and 260 Nm peak of torque. The McLaren P1 offers a total output of 916 horsepower and 900 Nm peak of torque. Under these conditions, the British supercar can sprint from stand still to 100 km/h in less than three seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h.

“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. 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. The desire to push the envelope of performance, and achieve the sub-seven minute lap time, shows the spirit of Bruce McLaren lives in the company 50 years on”, added Mike Flewitt.

Via | McLaren