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McLaren P1 joins the sub-7 minute club


The engineering feat that is the Mclaren P1 has gained access to one of the most exclusive motoring ‘clubs’ in the world.

The multi-million Rand hypercar averaged a speed in excess of 178km/h around the 20.8km circuit known as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The P1 has been developed with the aim of being the best driver’s car in the world on both road and track.

The car’s figures are equally impressive: over 660kW from a dual-power engine, which consists of an electric motor as well as a heavily breathed-upon version of the twin-turbo V8 seen in the MP4-12C. The 0-100 km/h sprint takes a claimed 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h just 6.8 seconds and 0-300 km/h 16.5 seconds, with a top speed of 350km/h. Now it also brags about a Nürburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 47 seconds, which completes the car’s final development objective.

The P1 even uses the same DRS system seen in F1 cars, which reduces downforce on the car by up to 60%, making it faster in a straight line. When the DRS is not activated, the P1 can generate up to 600kg of downforce. It reached close to 300km/h on its way up to the famous Karussell section of the track and changed gear on average every six seconds throughout the lap.

The man who piloted the P1 to its impressive lap time, Chris Goodwin said, “The track is like the rollercoaster from hell. However, the car feels balanced and poised throughout and inspires you to push on with the levels of grip and all-round ability.”

The Supernova Silver example of the McLaren P1 (codenamed XP2R) used to achieve the lap time was driven over 500km from Woking, England to the Nürburgring. This impressive feat saw the car being driven in Race mode, which extends the active rear wing by 300mm, drops the ride height by 50mm and the suspension system stiffen by 300 percent.

Check out a clip of the P1’s lap here:

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