The McLaren Speedtail Is Officially The Fastest McLaren Ever Made
When it introduced the Speedtail back in October 2018, McLaren said that it will be the fastest vehicle it has built so far. More than one year later and it’s official, the Speedtail has the highest top speed of any McLaren to date. The hybrid supercar hit a top speed of 250 mph during tests on the the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds drag strip at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, surpassing the previous record holder, the McLaren F1.
The Nurburgring’s Production Car Lap Record Has Fallen Yet Again
The NIO EP9’s reign as the fastest production car in the Nurburgring is over. You might even say that it ended before it even began because in just a matter of weeks, the EP9 went from record-holder to runner-up. All thanks to Lanzante Motorsport and a tweaked version of the McLaren P1 LM. Yep, the super exclusive, track-prepped hypercar is now the new King of the ‘Ring after posting a lap time of 6:43.2, beating out the EP9’s reported time of 6:45.9 by almost three seconds. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough on its own merit, consider then that the same P1 LM left the track after posting the record lap time and drove all the way back to the United Kingdom like the boss that it is.
Proof of the hypercar’s blistering run around the Nordschleife can even be seen in its entirety courtesy of a video prepared by McLaren. If there was ever any shroud of doubt about the legitimacy of the lap time, this video should serve as proof that the P1 LM’s record lap time was all real. It’s not that hard to imagine the car taking the record for itself. After all, it is powered by a bigger 4.0-liter, bi-turbo V-8 engine — the “regular” P1 only has a 3.8-liter mill - that works in concert with an electric motor to produce a combined 1,000 horsepower. It’s also 132 pounds lighter than the P1 GTR, making it far more agile in the kind of racing environment the Nurburgring provides. So there you have it, folks. The McLaren P1 LM now reigns supreme at the Nurburgring, at least until another car beats its lap time.
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McLaren P1 LM Plans To Smash Nurburgring Lap Record
The P1 is McLaren’s quickest and most powerful supercar yet. It is also the company’s first hybrid and will most likely inspire other similar vehicles in the future. More importantly, especially for die-hard enthusiasts, the P1 is a full-fledged, modern interpretation of the F1 in just about any department. Not only fast, powerful, expensive, and rare, the P1 also spawned a couple of stunning variations, the GTR and the LM. Come 2016 and the P1 could have yet another thing in common with its spiritual predecessor by setting a world record.
But unlike the F1, which became the world’s fastest production car in 1993 and held onto its record until 2005, the P1 could become the quickest production model to lap the Nurburgring. That’s the word from Lanzante, the British firm responsible for converting the P1 GTR into the road-legal P1 LM, which unveiled that the supercar is set to go for a Nürburgring lap record during a development testing phase planned by the end of 2016.
Lanzante will run the supercar at the Nurburgring to finalize its setup and said that even though a lap record isn’t a priority, an attempt is in the books, given that track and weather conditions are right. Company boss Dean Lanzante is confident that the P1 LM has what it takes to smash the current record
“We’ve seen what the road car is capable of there and we’ve got simulations of what our car can do,” he said according to Autocar. “Kenny Bräck is doing all of the driving, so if an opportunity arose, we have the right man for the job.”
On the other hand, Lanzante claims an attempt will only happen in certain conditions, as the firm doesn’t have the means to spend too much time at the "Green Hell."
“We don’t have the finances or the time to do something like Porsche,” he said about the 918’s testing program and lap record. “If it rains, the track isn’t fast enough, so we can’t do a lap. And we don’t want to do a Koenigsegg,” he added in reference to Koenigsegg crashing the One:1 at the ’Ring ahead of its record attempt earlier this year.
There’s no estimate as to how quick the P1 LM would be around the Nordschleife, but it should be quicker than the standard P1, which lapped the track in less than seven minutes. As a brief reminder, McLaren declined to reveal the Nurburgring lap time of the P1, instead choosing only to confirm that it completed a full lap in under seven minutes.
The current lap record sits 6:48.00, a benchmark achieved in 2009 by the Radical SR8LM. The Radical SR8 is second with 6:56.08 (2005), while the Porsche 918 Spyder ranks third with 6:57.00 (2013). The Lamborghini Aventador SV is the last car with a sub-seven-minute lap, at 6.59.73 (2015).
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Kenny Brack’s Blistering Lap Time Around Goodwood With The McLaren P1 LM: Video
The McLaren P1 LM is just days removed from its official debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and it’s already made a ridiculous impression by destroying the Goodwood hill climb record for a road-legal car with a lap time of 47.07 seconds.
Piloted by former Indy 500 driver Kenny Brack, the road-legal Lazante McLaren P1 GTR set a blistering lap despite clear evidence that Brack was struggling to get control of the road-legal beast throughout the lap. From the start of his lap, Brack immediately oversteered the car in the first right-hand turn before spending a majority of the lap bucking and dancing around. Through it all, he manages to extend his lead in each section of the track over Mike Skinner’s at-that-time fastest lap before crossing the line in scintillating fashion.
While it’s true that Olly Clark’s Subaru WRX STI “Gobstopper II” posted the quickest lap with an incredible time of 46.29 seconds, he did it with a race car as opposed to Brack’s “heavily modified” road-legal hypercar. A lot of impressive times were posted in Goodwood this year, but an argument can be made of Brack’s insane lap time of the P1 LM. At the very least, it’s going to be the time-to-beat when other production cars make a run atop the Goodwood hill climb in the future.
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The year 2013 was an awesome time for the supercar world, with plenty of models launched during the year’s most coveted auto shows. However, only three hypercars had what it took to stand out of the lot - the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
All three carry badges of immense significance and come with enormous power under the hood. More importantly, all of them are equipped with a hybrid powertrain, a technology that places them in a category of their own, with plenty of comparisons done... on paper.
Of course, getting the LaFerrari, the P1 and the 918 in a three-way, head to head comparison is nearly impossible, but drawing conclusions based on specs ain’t that easy either. And the reasons are quite simple: most of them are only estimates and have yet to be tested in the real environment.
Fortunately, these issues are finally starting to go away with more and more journalists getting to test the these supercars. For instance, the exclusive LaFerrari was hooned by reporters from several magazines last month, with most reviews having already been released.
But this time we’re not here to talk about the Italian hypercar, but to have a look at Motor Trend’s recent encounter with the McLaren P1. Not only because they got a chance to drive the British beast, but because they were the first to put together an acceleration test and provide some actual performance figures.
As expected, the results are incredible and prove that the P1 is one of the fastest production car ever built. With a 0-to-60 sprint time of just 2.6 seconds, the P1 is actually as quick as the Bugatti Veyron, a supercar that sports a W-16 engine with more than 1,000 horsepower on tap. Moreover, the hybrid is able to complete the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds at 148.9 mph, making it the quickest production vehicle ever tested in Motor Trend’s 65-year history.
These figures place the P1 above the Porsche 918 Spyder - the German car needs 2.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing start - but it’s still unclear whether the McLaren is quicker than the LaFerrari.
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When McLaren was testing the P1 prototypes, it announced that the company will focus on obtaining the best street and track performance, while top speed was left in second place. In an interview at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ron Dennis announced the P1 will smash world records on both the Nürburgring and the Top Gear lap record at Dunsfold.
He claimed that the P1 will lap Nürburgring in under 7 seconds - a very ambitious plan considering the only two models that have managed to obtain this result were the Radical SR8 (6:55) and SR8 LM (6:48). Considering the MP4-12C lapped the famous ring in just 7:28, we presume that all the updates the P1 received are enough to considerably improve the supercar’s lap time.
When it comes about the Top Gear lap record, Dennis announced the lap time will be improved by 10 seconds when compared to the time obtained by the Pagani Huayra.
We are not too sure if these results will really be obtained, but for sure it was an attempt to steal the show back from the LaFerrari.
We all know that the McLaren F1 is one of the rarest (only 64 road-going models built) and fastest cars to date and they regularly – as regularly as an F1 can be sold – go for well over $3 million. Well, over in Britain, car buyers are obviously a little more free with their money, as a buyer not only crushed the average buying price, but also beat the standing record for highest buying price on a McLaren F1 set at £2,530,000 ($4.27 million at October 2008’s average conversion rate) in 2008 by RM Auctions.
Tony Hartley Jr. is one of the few 29-year-old men on the planet lucky enough to not only have driven an F1, but also lucky enough to own one. Actually, we should say he was lucky enough to own one, as he recently sold it across the pond for an incredible £3.5 million ($5.59 million at current exchange rates). That’s one heck of a price to pay for a 15- to 20-year-old car with likely less than 1,000 miles on the ticker and cobwebs in its cylinders.
Then again, when you figure it featured a 627-horsepower, V-12 engine that made mincemeat out of Ferraris and Lamborghinis all day, and screamed to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, it is actually a pretty decent investment. Believe it or not, the F1 still does hold one impressive world record and that is being the world’s fastest naturally aspirated car.
Regardless of records and rarity, that’s one expensive ride…
If you’ve ever been to a tire shop for four brand-spankin’-new tires, you can typically expect to sit around for at least an hour. If you show up on a Saturday, you had better just drop off your car and come back in three or four hours. That is, of course, unless you are F1 driver Jenson Button.
At the German Grand Prix on Sunday, Button was in 3rd place and pulled into the pits for a new set of tires, which you can typically expect to lose at least one position when doing. Button, on the other hand, pulled in and didn’t even lose a single position. It’s not because the car trailing him was so far behind, but rather because his pit crew was ridiculously fast. They lifted the car, removed four tires and rims, and installed four new tires and rims in 2.31 seconds.
That’s not only insanely fast, but it is also a new world record. One YouTube user managed to get a shot of the record-breaking pit stop and posted it for all of us to see. Literally, if you blink, you’ll miss almost everything.
Check out the above video to see just how fast this crew gets this job done. The lightning-fast work of Button’s crew also enabled him to overtake the No. 2 slot, as Sebastian Vettel pitted shortly after Button.
The cheetah may reign supreme as the fastest animal on land, but when you take into account the air above and the water below, the title of fastest animal on the planet belongs to the Peregrine Falcon.
When considering the broad scope of the fastest animal on the planet, the Top 10 list would probably consist mostly of birds, but in fairness to the land and water-based creatures, we’re going to hold the Peregrine Falcon and other high-speed birdies in a different category altogether. You see, when measuring the speed of birds based on traveling speed measured in level flying, the Peregrine Falcon isn’t the king of the air. Actually, it doesn’t even crack the Top 10. The title for fastest bird in this kind of flight goes to the Spine-Tailed Swift, which can hit a top level flying speed of 106 mph. Compare that to the Peregrine Falcon, which can hit a top speed of just about 60 mph in level flight - impressive in its own right, but not Top 10 material - and the Spine-Tailed Swift blows it out of the water.
So, how is this bird considered the fastest all around and how dare we compare it to a McLaren? Well, hit the jump to find out.
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.
RM Auctions sold a 1997 McLaren F1 for £2.530.000 (about $4.12 million at current rates). Although this does not come close to the all time record set by a Ferrari GTO for $28.5 million, it does set a new record for McLaren F1 prices and is about four times the origional sales price a little over a decade ago.
The McLaren F1 is powered by a BMW sourced 6.1-liter V12 engine that delivers 627 hp at 7,400 rpm. In March 1998, the F1 hit a record speed of 240.14 mph. It held this record until February 2005 when it was broken by a Koenigsegg CCR going 242.2 mph.
The F1 wasn’t the only high dollar car of the day. The auctions sold a 1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta and a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France each for a price of £2,255,000. A 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster was sold for £1,127,500 and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante for £660,000.