|The McLaren P1 has joined the elusive Club of the sub-seven minute lap time at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. On the 20.8 kilometers circuit, the McLaren P1, driven by McLaren tester Chris Goodwin, endured 150 corners, 300 meters of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g at an average speed of 178 km/h to join the elite Sub-seven Club of the Green Hell.|
The Nürburgring is the toughest test track to measure the all-round performance of any car. And among the McLaren P1’s performance targets, which included accelerating to 300 km/h (186mph) in less than 17 seconds onto a limited top speed of 350 km/h (217mph), was to achieve a sub-seven minute time around the German circuit. A challenging mixture of off-camber corners and tight, technical sections finished with the 3.5 km long Döttinger Höhe straight means a compromise between high downforce for optimized cornering and low drag for improved top speed for the ultimate lap.
McLaren P1 achieves sub-seven min lap time at Nurburgring in the hands of Chris Goodwin
Goodwin was the designated pilot of the McLaren P1 in Supernova Silver shade, codenamed XP2R, at the Nurburgring. The McLaren P1 piloted by Goodwin had a ‘Race’ mode setup: an extended by 300mm active rear wing, lowered by 50mm and a 300 percent stiffer RCC (RaceActive Chassis Control) suspension system. The Super Sports generates up to 600kgs of downforce through the use of advanced active aerodynamics which, in conjunction with the bespoke tyres, provides unprecedented levels of grip and superior balance and handling. This allows the McLaren P1 to carry greater levels of speed through the corners, and achieve higher apex speeds, and the optimized traction enables the driver to get on the power earlier.
Following his sub-420 second sprint around the challenging Nürburgring circuit, he concluded, “Driving the McLaren P1 at this pace, on this circuit, is the most impressive driving experience I’ve ever had in any road or race McLaren, on any road or track in the world.”
From the outset, the McLaren P1 has been developed with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on both road and track. To achieve this, the development program has focused on ensuring the McLaren P1 pushes the boundaries in terms of sheer performance, with testing carried out in some of the harshest conditions around the world.
McLaren P1 interesting numbers and cold hard facts…
Here are some of the interesting numbers on the McLaren P1: Dual powerplant drivetrain for 916PS (903 bhp) via the 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 petrol engine which produces 737PS (727 bhp) and the lightweight electric motor for another 179PS (176 bhp). The drivetrain offers instant torque and throttle response, with performance figures to match – 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds and 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds.