Manic Mclaren P1 LM Sets Sights On Green Hell Lap Record — This Or The Koenigsegg Megacar?

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The road legal version of British supercar maker McLaren's track special P1 GTR, is aiming to break the Nurburgring production car lap record set by the Porsche 918 Spyder (6 minutes 57 seconds).

The road legal P1 LM, which is created by English automobile restorers Lanzante, will attempt to crack the Green Hell's lap record time when it goes to the German race track next year for some developmental testing.

The P1 GTR is a track day version of McLaren's hybrid hypercar, the P1. The P1 GTR uses the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine and electric motors as the P1 to produce 986bhp. In addition to this, the P1 GTR uses an unsilenced Titanium and Inconel exhaust along with racing suspension, slick tyres and fixed rear wing capable of using DRS.

The GTR LM is a road legal version of the P1 LM. Despite being created by Lanzante as an aftermarket option for the P1 GTR, the LM gained the approval of McLaren who authorised the construction of five units (plus one prototype) of race car for the road. 

However, Lanzante will only use the P1 LM for a lap record attempt at the Nurburgring, if the conditions are right. Speaking to Autocar UK, Lanzante boss Dean Lanzante said, "We've seen what the road car is capable of there and we've got simulations of what our car can do. Kenny Bräck is doing all of the driving, so if an opportunity arose, we have the right man for the job."   

One of the reasons for the slight reluctance to go for a lap record attempt is the massive crash the Koenigsegg One:1 suffered when it testing at the Ring.

Lanzante said, "If it rains, the track isn't fast enough, so we can't do a lap. And we don't want to do a Koenigsegg." 

Lanzante will instead concentrate on improving the P1 LM by fitting upgrades developed during the testing at the Nurburgring. The updates will be fitted onto the LM's for no extra cost to customers.

We just hope that they do get the perfect conditions to attempt a few blisteringly quick laps.

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Story first published: Friday, August 26, 2016, 11:28 [IST]
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