McLaren P1 laps Nurburgring in 6:47 - report [video]

Not official yet

The McLaren P1 has allegedly managed to lap the Nürburgring in an amazing 6 minutes and 47 seconds.

At the beginning of September we heard rumors about McLaren refusing to confirm P1's 7:04 lap around the Nürburgring as the supercar was just too slow during the attempt. Now, a YouTube user has posted a video with the P1 while tackling Nordschleife and he says the car lapped the German track in just 6:47 which would make it the fastest vehicle ever to lap the circuit, making it a full second quicker than the Radical SR8 LM.

The record has not been confirmed by McLaren but if the lap time is legit we are sure it will occur very soon, unless McLaren wants to improve the time even further if possible. This rumor coincides with the beginning of P1 deliveries and also with McLaren posting final performance figures for its latest supercar which sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and hits an electronically-capped speed of 217 mph (350 km/h).

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perrysan perrysan
Nobody has asked the big question: What kind of tires/tyres were mounted on the P1? Official Nurburgring times are supposed to be with non-shaved road use approved tires. Given the Porsche 918 Spyder's astounding 6:57 time (on road tires) I find it hard to believe the P1 can shave 10 seconds off that time. And as for the Radical SR8 LM, calling that a "street legal" car is like taking a Porsche 917-30 and wiring up turn signals and slapping on bumpers and calling it "street legal."
Oct 23rd, 2013 7:15pm
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automophile83 automophile83
I am a serious car enthusiast, and as exiting as it is that there are cars this fast, the truth is...they cost more than i can dream of ever being able to afford, i'll likely never see one, if i ever do it will piss me off that the owner is an 865 year old bank owner who will never get the tach to 5000 rpm.So as amazing as this car is,i don't care how fast it laps the Nurburgring. As for the new Cadillac sport sedans lapping in 7:xx seconds, that's news i can use.
Oct 22nd, 2013 7:10pm
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automophile83 automophile83
Okay 8:14:10.(CTS 2014)
Oct 22nd, 2013 7:14pm
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
I have serious doubts about this being true. The Zonda R's time is only 6:47. I wouldn't trust the word of somebody on youtube.
Oct 22nd, 2013 4:50pm
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trapezius trapezius
OK, compare it to the 918's time. If it can do it in 6:57, don't you think 6:47 is realistic for a car which is more powerful and a LOT lighter? Also, while the Zonda R is a fantastic car, it is old. I mean, today's performance hatchbacks and small coupes are posting times as quick as supercars from 10 years ago. So yeah.
Oct 22nd, 2013 5:47pm
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
The same thing you said for the P1 applies to the Zonda. It is a lot lot lighter while being very similar on power. Add to that slick tires, more aero, faster transmission, and a purely track oriented suspension and the P1's time comes into question. Age plays no difference here. P.S. The reason for hot hatches being as fast as older supercars is due to the massive power they have been sticking in them. Take a look at power figures of the different generations and you might be suprised.
Oct 22nd, 2013 6:35pm
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trapezius trapezius
OK, suppose it can't be true. Now consider these weight-to-power ratios, in kg/hp: Ferrari 599XX - 1.87... Porsche 918 - 1.85... McLaren P1 - 1.55... Zonda R - 1.45. 599XX's time: 6:58. Porsche's time: 6:57. Zonda R's time 6:47. So now, where do you think the P1's time should fall? Its weight-to-power ratio is significantly better than Porsche's, and very close to the Zonda R's. I am not saying that it *is* true. We don't know yet, as McLaren hasn't confirmed. All I am saying is that it *can* most definitely be true, and it wouldn't be surprising if it is.
Oct 22nd, 2013 7:49pm
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
Watch Ferrari will "magically" produce a 6:46 lap
Oct 22nd, 2013 3:23pm
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Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
You meant 6:37 (after the 6:57 of Porsche, and the 6:47 of McLaren)?
Oct 22nd, 2013 4:59pm
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DeeovanLokoJouvertMowatt DeeovanLokoJouvertMowatt
theres no way this is true!
Oct 22nd, 2013 2:59pm
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trapezius trapezius
Why not?
Oct 22nd, 2013 5:48pm
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infond infond
Reports say it's capable of a 6:3x time. Let's wait.
Oct 22nd, 2013 2:58pm
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
I think you just pulled that number out of your a**. Seven seconds is an eternity and this current time is just a rumor and not even confirmed.
Oct 22nd, 2013 4:53pm
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infond infond
Nope. Guys from McLaren Life have sources.
Oct 22nd, 2013 8:24pm
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dayday dayday
Wow!! Thats insanely fast!!! But I will wait for McLaren to confirm, Wonder if its true.
Oct 22nd, 2013 2:36pm
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D11 D11
If it's legit, very impressive. You've got to respect McLaren for taking the P1 to the Ring to make a competitive run against the Porsche. Unless it's a private owner letting a driver take his to the Ring, I just don't think Ferrari will show a lap time outside of Fiorano, which is quite disappointing.
Oct 22nd, 2013 2:12pm
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Wojciech Wojciech
jaw-dropping... let's see what LaFerrari can achieve
Oct 22nd, 2013 1:33pm
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Shyne Shyne
impressiv indeed! but ill wait till there is an official time.
Oct 22nd, 2013 1:17pm
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infond infond
I think that official time is even faster. That 7:04 was just a rumor, nothing else.
Oct 22nd, 2013 1:03pm
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kimbo kimbo
Porsche fanboys. Where are you?
Oct 22nd, 2013 12:23pm
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brashiiid brashiiid
Interesting... Let's hope that, just like the original F1, this car is as exciting to drive at 30mph as it is when driven at 8 tenths. Although chasing Nurburgring times is always a horrible indicator of that...
Oct 22nd, 2013 11:54am
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Godfather Godfather
Power of f1. Only Ferrari had a chance of ever matching it
Oct 22nd, 2013 11:21am
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mhectorgato mhectorgato
So the 6:57 from the non-F1 car company has/had no chance of catching it? They have no chance of making a higher output version that could improve then?
Oct 22nd, 2013 4:59pm
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Godfather Godfather
This conversation is about the current car not about upgraded models. Plus Porsche is not the only one allowed to increase output as I'm sure mclaren and Ferrari have the experience to do the same.
Oct 22nd, 2013 6:10pm
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Bozzor Bozzor
Stunning if true: and a real guantlet thrown down to Porsche.
Oct 22nd, 2013 11:06am
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mc959 mc959
Don't think that Porsche needs to be ashamed of being beaten by a car that's 300.000€ more expensive, being probably a better daily driver, have much better hybrid tech(but much more heavy due to that) and you can take the roof off. And yes i'm a Porsche fan, but respect the others so great job McLaren!
Oct 22nd, 2013 11:30am
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Bozzor Bozzor
The Porsche will be able to shave a few seconds off 6:57, no question...but 6:47? Unlikely. Still, both these cars and the LaFerrari point the way to the future - hybrid systems.
Oct 22nd, 2013 11:35am
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Godfather Godfather
The mclaren is more exclusive as it will have 375 made compared to the 918 Porsches that will be made hence the prise difference. Plus the P1 is based on the 12c which Is one of, if not the best daily drivers car (ask jay Leno) so the mclaren probably win in that department too.
Oct 22nd, 2013 11:51am
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mhectorgato mhectorgato
@Godfather - so Porsches aren't known for being daily drivers? The 959 practically invented the concept - this was at the time the F40 and Countach.
Oct 22nd, 2013 5:01pm
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Godfather Godfather
@mhectorgato if you read what I said then u will realize that I said "if not the best then one of the best". Can't see anything about porsche not being able to make daily driver cars. The Porsche 911 is one of the best daily drivers but hardly any comparison to the P1 in performance.
Oct 22nd, 2013 6:15pm
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trapezius trapezius
No, no gauntlet thrown. Porsche's time is world class. The P1's (and LaFerrari's) power-to-weight ratios are much better than the 918's, so it is natural that they will be faster than the 918. There is no presumption here that the 918 *has* to have the best time in the world, but some people seem to be assuming that. It (918) did what it could (an amazing time), and now it is time for quicker cars to post better times. Simple as that.
Oct 22nd, 2013 8:05pm
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Decypha Decypha
Wow, this is an exciting time for Hypercars!
Oct 22nd, 2013 11:01am
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