With all the fuss about the Porsche 918 Spyder’s Nürburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds, many were waiting eagerly to hear what the 918’s closest rival, the McLaren P1, could do around the famed racetrack in Germany. Well, prepare to be disappointed, as McLaren has released a video of the P1 on the track without actually revealing the hybrid hypercar’s lap time.
Instead, McLaren only says that the P1 goes around the Nürburgring in “under seven minutes” in this recent video that shows the P1 pushing its limits around various sections of the track. We can only wonder whether the McLaren P1 was able to top the Porsche 918’s time, as the two cars seem fairly evenly matched on paper.
The McLaren P1 produces a combined 903 horsepower compared with the Porsche 918’s 887 horsepower, and both hypercars deliver this power through complex hybrid systems. Despite the Porsche’s slight disadvantage in power, though, it can likely put its power down on the track more easily thanks to its through-the-road all-wheel-drive system that features two electric motors which power the front and rear axles. The McLaren P1’s hybrid system power the rear wheels exclusively. On the other hand, the McLaren P1 does weigh significantly less than the Porsche which could give it a leg up on the track.
Regardless of the Porsche 918, a sub-seven minute Nürburgring time is still undeniably impressive, as no other production cars other than these two have broken the seven-minute barrier. The next-fastest vehicle is the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo, which recently recorded a time of 7 minutes and 8 seconds. Yet to be tested is another upcoming hypercar, the Ferrari LaFerrari, which could be a contender in this Nürburgring battle as well.
Check out the video below to see the thrilling sights and sounds of the McLaren P1 on the track.
Update: McLaren has revealed a few more details of the McLaren P1’s lap, but still no lap time. The company now says that the car averaged more than 111 mph throughout the 13-mile circuit. McLaren also said that the silver P1 used for the hot lap was actually driven the entire 390-mile journey from England to Germany itself, highlighting the versatile nature of this hypercar.