A super car can be be given that title through definition itself, but any true super car will need to test its worth on two different tracks: the Nurburgring and the Top Gear test track. Now it seems the latter has found itself a new record holder in the McLaren MP4-12C.

Up until now, the record for the fastest lap time around the Dunsfold track was held by the Ariel Atom V8 500’s time of 1:15.1. Now, a McLaren dealer in London is foaming at the mouth with information that the MP4-12C has smashed that record with a lap time of 1:14.118 when equipped with standard tires. Take it a bit further and this same dealer reports that, when the vehicle was loaded with the "Light weight package" and some Corsa tires, it managed to lap the circuit in 1:12.915. Oh, and it gets even better. The McLaren MP4-12C GTR is predicted to make that same lap in a blissful 1:09.

None of these times have been made official by McLaren just yet, but just the thought of them being true is enough for us to be left speechless.


Source: McLaren Life

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  (441) posted on 08.3.2011

I guess you are wrong, with the lap time record of the Atom I would say that it can really compete against the 12C.

  (599) posted on 08.3.2011

This car was rank in the second place of Top Gear lists. With the engineered platform of the car, no wonder why it has an impressive speed performance.

  (569) posted on 07.6.2011

The lap time record of these cars are quite impressive and I think we still need to see the match between the Atom and the 12C to know who will win in the match. IMO, not because the 12C is supercar an Atom can’t compete against it.

  (428) posted on 07.6.2011

Well, no doubt about that one! The speed performance of the car is quite impressive! And competing against the Atom is obvious win for the 12C.

  (498) posted on 05.19.2011

Well, I must admit that I am not really a big fan of the TopGear test track, since I don’t think that it is a good basis. But I do believe that the McLaren is capable of such speeds.

  (647) posted on 05.19.2011

Yeah, it is likely that the record will be broken in no time at all. But then again, it is also possible that the McLaren would be the one to beat its own record, so it would still end up as the one holding it.

  (142) posted on 05.18.2011

Competing against a car like the atom500 is a big deal. 1.14.118 is ridiculously fast for a car with a full body and no down force kits. Around 1:18.8 is considerable to me. If its times are true, and hopefully well find out soon, then this car deserves a lot of respect.

  (415) posted on 05.18.2011

But, with the tons of cars that they are testing on the TopGear track, it is likely that another car would beat the MP4’s record even before they can set up that race.

  (394) posted on 05.18.2011

Hehehe! I love that idea, putting the MP4-12C against the Atom. But I am pretty sure how this one would end: the McLaren winning in an obviously lopsided match.

  (577) posted on 05.18.2011

Well,attempting to make a record using the standard tires and light weight package didn’t have a big difference at all. Actually,its only 2 minutes and I think it really shows that the standard version of this car has an impressive performance and speed.

  (580) posted on 05.18.2011

Where’s the video? I want to see on how this car attempts to make a record on the Top Gear Track! BTW, I bet the light weight package on this car helps to boost its speed and set an awesome lap time record of 1:12.915!

  (488) posted on 05.17.2011

Yeah, the MP4-12C is really more than capable of breaking that record anytime. But to prove that point, it would probably be a good idea to pit the car against the Atom.

  (427) posted on 05.17.2011

Aesthetically, this car looks great and its performance is quite impressive! I bet its record will not stay that long for I believe there are some planning to beat that lap time record.

  (377) posted on 05.17.2011

I don’t have a doubt in the speed performance of this car. However, I just wonder on how difficult was the race track of the Top Gear? I hope that there’s a video provided here.

  (276) posted on 05.17.2011

Well, we just have to wait for the official results to find out if it is true. Though I really wouldn’t be surprised if it does turn out to be true, the car is a McLaren after all.

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