Will the Nordschleife insanity ever end? We certainly hope not.
Another day, another Nurburgring record. This time the trophy goes back to the world of internal combustion engines, courtesy of Lanzante Motorsport and the tweaked McLaren P1 LM. The ultra-exclusive hypercar blitzed the Nordschleife in an astounding six minutes, 43.2 seconds, then left the track for its return trip to the United Kingdom. It should be noted that the car wasn’t trailered, but driven back.
As you would expect, the McLaren P1 LM isn’t a run-of-the-mill P1, if there is such a thing. The biturbo V8 is punched up to 4.0 litres in displacement, compared to the 3.8-litre mill in the standard P1. It also gets extra boost from the pair of turbochargers as well as more guff from its electric motor to deliver a combined 1,000 horsepower. One hundred and thirty two pounds were shaved from the LM as compared to the P1 GTR, achieved through the use of lightweight materials such as lexan windows, as well as the removal of the built-in air-jack system.
The P1 LM utilizes the aerodynamics of the P1 GTR with some modifications to the rear wing, a larger front splitter, and dive planes. Lanzante says the changes give the P1 LM 40 percent more downforce. It also receives a fully exposed carbon fibre roof with more carbon fibre panels seen throughout both the exterior and interior.
The new record comes on the heels of electric upstart Nio claiming the production car record just a couple weeks ago with its EP9, which turned in an eerily silent time of 6 minutes 45.9 seconds. The claim was controversial in the eyes of some, who question the EP9’s title of “production car,” since only 16 examples are to be built. Those people will surely raise the same doubts for the McLaren P1 LM, of which only five will be built. Furthermore, those five are already sold so even if you did have a million bucks burning a hole in your pocket, you're already out of luck.
Still, the time stands and the P1 LM is a road legal car – with air conditioning no less. Anyone care to wager how long this current record will last?