Lanzante's road-going P1 GTR undergoing testing at the track
The McLaren P1 LM could shoot for the Nurburgring lap record during testing and development work at the track, reports Autocar.
The road-going version of the P1 GTR is being developed by British McLaren specialists Lanzante, who ran the F1 GTR that famously won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995.
Work on the 1,000-horsepower monster’s suspension setup will be conducted on the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschleife. A record attempt isn’t the main priority, but company head Dean Lanzante told Autocar: “We’ve seen what the road car is capable of there and we’ve got simulations of what our car can do. Kenny Brack is doing all of the driving, so if an opportunity arose, we have the right man for the job.”
Though McLaren ran the P1 at the Nurburgring it never revealed a lap time, saying only that it posted a time of less than seven minutes. As such, the record is held by the Porsche 918 Spyder, which lapped the 13-mile (21-kilometre) circuit in 6 minutes 57 seconds.
Koenigsegg has more formal plans to make an attempt on the record with the One:1, but suffered a significant setback when the car being used crashed with brake failure. An extensive rebuild is underway but it’ll be some time before the Swedish firm’s efforts can resume.
Only five examples of the P1 LM will be built, converted from existing P1 GTRs. Only minor changes will be made to the factory settings, as developed at the ‘Ring.