This ongoing Nurburgring insanity is looking like a never-ending adrenaline-pumping story – we’ve had three (four with Type R’s FWD lap) Green Hell records in less than a year.
Last fall – contested or not – the Lamborghini Huracan Performante took the crown from the Porsche 918 Spyder thanks to its technologically advanced active aerodynamics and more. This spring a surprise contender arose – the Nio EP9 – managed to grab hold of the fabled lap time thanks to its all-electric powertrain. Now the internal combustion engine is back with a vengeance – Lanzante Motorsport’s transformation of the track-exclusive version of the P1 into the McLaren P1 LM has enabled them to post a fabled time. We’ll give credence to the Huracan Performante – a mass-produced model – whereas the EP9 and the British hypercar are ultra-exclusive examples. But it’s still amazing – the P1 LM managed a breakthrough time of 6 minutes 43.2 seconds, and it then left the track to return home to the United Kingdom – not on a trailer, but driven on the public roads back.
The McLaren P1 LM is not your average P1 – the biturbo V8 has been lifted to 4.0 liters, extra boost from the turbos and electric motor for a total of combined 1,000 horsepower. It’s also way lighter than the standard model – 132 pounds lighter to be more precise. Lanzante uses modified P1 GTR aerodynamics as well as a fully exposed carbon fiber roof with more carbon fiber panels added inside and out for design’s sake. The Nurburgring record is also bringing more questions – the EP9 will only see 16 owners from new, while the P1 LM is even more exclusive at just five builds.