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McLaren s official statement on P1 lap

December 9th, 2013 // in McLaren

Following the video we you late last week has given us their official about the P1 recording a sub-seven Nürburgring lap. Although, s still no definitive time

McLaren says the XP2R P1 was driven from Woking to the before posting its lap time, works out to be an average speed in of 178km/h over the 20.8km Notably, when in the Race used to break the seven-minute the car was lowered by a total of 50mm.

The of the P1 rocketing down in Fuchsröhre is of the most dramatic Nürburgring we ve ever seen. Test Chris Goodwin explains the I have only experienced like this before in a 1 car. This downhill section of the track is taken using DRS, shifting all the way down to the base of the valley, and the that follows applies the vertical g-forces to the car. The really load the tyres, and wing, but it is taken with a slight lift of the throttle.

rounds out his commentary by claiming: the McLaren P1 at this pace, on circuit, is the most impressive experience I ve ever had in any road or McLaren, on any road or track in the

When you consider Goodwin has access to McLaren s back of road and F1 cars he s just a show-off!

McLaren P1™ joins sub-seven minute club at the

The McLaren P1™ achieves its one remaining target

An average speed in of 178 km/h (111 mph) to achieve the required lap time the 20.8km (13 mile) circuit

The name was born on the racetrack 50 years on, is the most successful in global motorsport. That and determination to push for every tenth of a second, and obsessive on perfection, has seen the final objective for the now sold out McLaren P1™ a sub-seven minute lap time of the circuit.


From the outset, the McLaren P1™ has developed with one clear to be the best driver’s car on both and track. To achieve this, the programme has focussed on ensuring the P1™ pushes the boundaries in terms of performance, with testing out in some of the harshest conditions the world. But one challenge remained, and was arguably the toughest of them

20.8 kilometres driven at an speed in excess of 178 km/h. easy, until you add in more 150 corners, 300 metres of elevation and cornering forces of up to 2g. All in less seven minutes…

Commenting on the achievement by the McLaren P1™, Formula 1™ driver and 2009 champion Jenson Button ‘The fact that the P1™ has posted a sub-seven-minute lap at the Nürburgring is impressive.

‘I’ve been an F1 for 14 years, and I’ve driven than 240 Grands Prix although I’ve never an F1 car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, because the time the German Grand was held there was before I was I know exactly how challenging, and a racetrack it is.

‘Over the past years I’ve owned a lot of road cars. I’ve the McLaren P1™ on a number of occasions – up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of where it was sensational – and I think a truly superb machine: refined yet unbelievably quick.

as I say, for it to have recorded a minute lap time around the is the icing on the cake: proof backed by hard data, on the racetrack of them all, McLaren has created a genuine

The challenge: an average in excess of 178 over 20.8 km

The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is the test track to measure the performance of any car. And among the P1™’s performance targets, included accelerating to 300kph in less than 17 seconds a limited top speed of 350kph was to achieve a sub-seven minute around the German circuit.

No feat for a stripped out, racing car, let alone a car on standard road tyres, offers superior levels of comfort and all round ability on

Sub-seven minutes – that as an average speed of at least 178 (111 mph) around the kilometre (13 miles) circuit. And not any circuit. One that includes of the longest straights, tightest steepest inclines, and more in road surface than any circuit.

Location: the fearsome

The Nürburgring, or the Nürburgring-Nordschleife to give it its name, is one of the most fearsome in the world. The 20.8 kilometre of tarmac through Germany’s Forest was a date on the Formula 1™ up until 1976, when it was from the championship on safety after the crash that cost Niki Lauda his That race, as depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster Rush, saw Hunt claim pole and overall race victory for on his way to becoming world champion.

The was set 37 years ago – McLaren: P1 at the Nürburgring.

A mixture of off-camber corners and technical sections finished the 3.5 kilometre long Döttinger straight means a compromise high downforce for optimised and low drag for improved top speed for the lap.

Every lap, its 154 corners and dramatic elevation and changes, is the ultimate challenge to car and driver, and demands an optimised set up and commitment and concentration. This is the dubbed the ‘Green Hell’ by Formula 1™ world champion Stewart, and the list of accidents and is almost as long as the track – when it bites, it bites

The lap: a driver’s eye view of sub minutes

The Supernova Silver of the McLaren P1™, codenamed was driven the 390 miles from England across to the Nürburgring of this final development phase, underlining the car’s road-to-race ability. On arrival at the ‘Race’ mode extended the rear wing by 300mm, the ride height by 50mm and saw the Chassis Control suspension stiffen by 300 percent – a fully-focussed car at the push of a button.

The McLaren P1™ up to 600kgs of downforce through the use of active aerodynamics which, in with the bespoke tyres, unprecedented levels of grip and balance and handling. This the McLaren P1™ to carry greater of speed through the corners, and higher apex speeds, and the traction enables the driver to get on the earlier.

‘The track is like the from hell. However, the car balanced and poised throughout, and you to push on with the levels of and all-round ability,’explains Goodwin.

acceleration from the Aremberg hander down the Fuchsröhre is amazing. I have only acceleration like this in a Formula 1 car. This snaking section of the track is flat, using DRS, gear all the way down to the base of the and the compression that follows the maximum vertical g-forces to the The forces really load the chassis and wing, but it is taken only a slight lift of the

‘The numerous jumps make the Nordschleife famous are an bigger challenge than with the massive speeds we them. Flugplatz and Pflanzgarten are taken at very high but the levels of downforce generated these approach speeds, and the car really stable on landing . are both quite scary in any car, but I’ve never as confident.

It’s just

‘Through Bergwerk [the at which Niki Lauda had his accident in the 1976 German you have to turn in late in to carry as much speed as you can the following straight without wide. Here, the awesome and pin-sharp steering of the McLaren P1™ crucial, enabling me to get back on the smoothly and quickly. That is a section, and one that feels when you get it just right.’

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back on the pace on the exit of the groundbreaking RaceActive Chassis (RCC) ensures the McLaren P1™ planted and balanced through a bumpy section of track. continues: ‘With a car this stability is just as important as grip, and some of the bumpiest of the track are also the fastest. The climb towards the Karussell is with in a few spectacular moments as the combined power of the powertrain the car up this long incline. At the top of the is one of the fastest corners on the lap, a approach speed around 300 The track is really bumpy but the corner is dispatched with a dab of the brakes in fifth gear.’

Cornering forces peak as the P1™ drops onto the banked surface at the Karussell, and swings more than 180 degrees. In of pure lateral g-forces, the is subjected to 3.9g.

From the McLaren P1™ enters the final of the lap, and the sprint to the finish. on road-legal Pirelli tyres developed for the McLaren P1™, the model set a relentless pace, at the electronically limited 330 km/h mph) available in ‘Race’ on the Döttinger Höhe straight.

the course of a single lap, a change was made, on average, six seconds and, unlike in 1™ when DRS is limited to one or maybe two zones to aid overtaking, the system was for nine percent of the entire lap on separate occasions as Goodwin his way towards the finish line. The is operated through the steering button, and trims the twin rear wing from 29° to 0°. engaged, the use of DRS reduces downforce on the car by 60

‘The Döttinger Höhe disappears in no time,’ explains ‘From Galgenkopf the acceleration is but when you press the DRS button, it up even further as the car slips the air, and you arrive at the limited top of 330 kph in no time. And then, the car just there – ‘cruising’ – at this speed, with the rough and Eifel mountain scenery by as if it’s a movie on fast

Having driven the full of McLaren road and race Goodwin is in a unique position to on the performance characteristics and abilities, and how the P1™ compares. Following his sub-420 sprint around the fearsome circuit, he concludes: ‘Driving the P1™ at this pace, on this is the most impressive driving I ve ever had in any road or race on any road or track in the world.’

The worthy of the McLaren badge

For the at McLaren, good is simply not enough. This mentality has the McLaren name on the top step of the in Formula 1™, Indianapolis 500, Can Am and at the 24 of Le Mans – an achievement no other can lay claim to. In Formula 1 alone, the has won a quarter of all Grands Prix held, claiming 155 pole and 182 victories.

This list of achievements the team’s desire to succeed, and the push for improvement. This resonates through the entire Group, and achieving the sub-seven target time was just objective on the list that the within Automotive were to beat.

Goodwin concludes: sub-seven minute lap time of the was set as part of a list of targets the P1™ had to meet and, as with objectives within the programme, the has more than achieved we set out to do. It is a fitting tribute to the company in its year, and to Bruce, the founder, ideals we live every

The groundbreaking McLaren P1™ is equipped a dual powerplant drivetrain 916PS (903 bhp). A efficient 3.8-litre twin V8 petrol engine produces (727 bhp) which is to a 179PS (176 bhp) electric motor to offer performance. The efficient drivetrain instant torque and throttle with performance figures to – 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 0-200 km/h (124 in 6.8 seconds and 0-300 km/h mph) in 16.5 seconds.

The of optimised aerodynamics, cutting-edge systems developed with partners and never-before-used technologies, ensured the McLaren P1™ has achieved, and in cases exceeded, all objectives development. It is the culmination of five of race-winning knowledge and expertise has been transferred to the track the motivating factors that driven the McLaren name to be one of the successful in motorsport – belief and a to achieve.

Mike Flewitt, Executive Officer of McLaren explained: ‘This final for the McLaren P1™ was very publicly set out this year, and the result is testament to the team in Woking. Not in terms of what has been in Germany, but in what has been with this project. The P1™ is a technical tour de force, and is a car that we at McLaren are very of. The desire to push the envelope of and achieve the sub-seven minute lap shows the spirit of Bruce lives in the company 50 years

‘The Nürburgring is one of the most and challenging stretches of road in the world, and is the perfect final for the McLaren P1™, as it brings all of the elements of the development programme we worked through, and subjects the and technologies to the ultimate seven punishment.

‘We set a series of challenging throughout the development of the McLaren with the most significant one the fact that the car would be the driver’s car on both road and I am extremely proud of the fact we have achieved everything we set out to do, and in such a convincing manner.’

A minute lap time of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife was the objective in the development programme for the technologically advanced car ever in the UK. This latest achievement for the at McLaren was made possible close collaboration with Partners, providing specialist and technical support throughout the of the project.

A unique and highly braking system from providing stopping ability to a fully-focused racing car; a lightweight paint system by offering optimised performance and advanced performance and cooling of Mobil 1 lubricants in the engine and bespoke high performance created by Pirelli designed and specifically to manage the unprecedented and cornering forces generated; and the use of accurate TAG Heuer timing and equipment for the continual verification of characteristics during the development

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