McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring racetrack at an average speed above 111 mph (179 kmph), and in doing so, they hit a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h) when tackling Dottinger Hohe straight. Fitted with standard equipment to be offered on every P1, the new McLaren hypercar became the first global production car to lap the famous German race circuit in less than 7 minutes.
Though McLaren did not reveal exactly how much below the 7 minute mark did the P1 manage to lap the racetrack, but they did say, “150 corners, 300 metres of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g. All in less than seven minutes.”
Commenting on the sub-seven achievement by the McLaren P1™, McLaren Formula 1™ driver and 2009 world champion Jenson Button said: ‘The fact that the McLaren P1™ has posted a sub-seven-minute lap at the Nürburgring is unbelievably impressive.
‘I’ve been an F1 driver for 14 years, and I’ve driven more than 240 Grands Prix and, although I’ve never raced an F1 car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, because the last time the German Grand Prix was held there was before I was born, I know exactly how challenging, and daunting, a racetrack it is.
‘Over the past dozen-or-so years I’ve owned a lot of ultra-high-performance road cars. I’ve driven the McLaren P1™ on a number of occasions – including up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was sensational – and I think it’s a truly superb machine: unbelievably refined yet unbelievably quick.
‘But, as I say, for it to have recorded a sub-seven minute lap time around the Nürburgring is the icing on the cake: proof positive, backed by hard data, on the greatest racetrack of them all, that McLaren has created a genuine game-changer.’