McLaren P1 Nurburgring lap time


We had to ask. Even though we could probably have written out the answer for ourselves. When Dale explored the whole 'sub seven' issue shortly before Porsche confirmed it'd done just that in the 918 Spyder he had a McLaren bod he'd met out there as saying, "Without a sub-seven lap time, we probably won't even mention we were at the Nurburgring."

Well, the rumour mill said on the first attempt the P1 went 7min 4sec and now it's saying on a return visit it's done 6min 47sec. Off the back of confirming the P1's performance stats you'd have thought a lap time would've rounded things off nicely, not to mention throwing a gauntlet down to LaFerrari.

4C fastest in ... the class it claims as its own
4C fastest in ... the class it claims as its own
But when we asked McLaren we were told, perhaps unsurprisingly, "It is all just purely speculation. There is no secret that a car is over in Germany at the moment with a team of development engineers, who are working on calibrations and final tuning, but no lap times of any circuits have been set."

Apart from the '10 seconds faster than anyone' around the Top Gear test track, claimed by one Ron Dennis, that is.

Moving on, if the P1 remains bashful about its lap time at the 'ring the Alfa Romeo 4C is anything but and having set a time of 8min 4sec Alfa Romeo has hunted around for a category in which this is the fastest time and settled on ' fastest time of cars with engines under 250hp'. Set by official 'ring hand Horst von Saurma just a couple of weeks after Porsche set its record the time proves ... that. Anyone care to lend us an S2 Exige S?

[Sources: WorldCarFans, Top Gear]

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  • suffolk009 22 Oct 2013

    I think Alfa have got that wrong.

    From memory Robert Nearn did it in 7.55 in a K series Caterham R500 (230bhp). And that was way back at the turn of the century.

  • British Beef 22 Oct 2013

    "Calibration and final tuning" to deliver the official lap time.... I would love to know what this comprises of!!!

    Im sure all the manufacturers do it, but with turbo engines turning the boost up and changing the engine mapping for a "qualifying lap" must be relatively easy to do.

  • Andy ap 22 Oct 2013

    Lol at Alfa!

  • kambites 22 Oct 2013

    British Beef said:
    "Calibration and final tuning" to deliver the official lap time.... I would love to know what this comprises of!!!

    Im sure all the manufacturers do it, but with turbo engines turning the boost up and changing the engine mapping for a "qualifying lap" must be relatively easy to do.
    Well in Alfa's case it at least seems to involve taping up the shut-lines.

  • Monty Python 22 Oct 2013

    The P1's (alleged) time has made it here:

    http://fastestlaps.com/tracks/nordschleife.html

    And you're right about the R500 - 7' 55".

    Sorry, Alfa....

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