Earlier this month, McLaren P1 has spent an entire day on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It now seems that the manufacturer is reluctant to reveal the official lap time. Rumour has it that in spite of the clear track, offering ideal driving conditions, the best lap time was not much improved. It therefore seems that the record breaking attempt was not possible due to the car`s speed which proved no to be quite as fast as initially expected.
An inside source announced that the lap time will not be made public after all, as it was 5 seconds too slow. This new information comes shortly after another source claimed that the revealed time will be 7m 4s.
All this happened after Rod Dennis`s affirmation that the P1 is fast enough to break the seven minutes record, only a few short months ago in march this year.
However, if the 7m 4s rumour is correct, the P1 will have edged the road legal Viper ACR, which currently hold the record with a time of 7m 12.1s. What is more, this will also have set a significant distance from lap time of the MP4-12C which resulted in 7m 28s.
In the end, a 7m 4s performance would be quite outstanding, even for such an expensive million pound auto. The manufacturer seems not to agree with this, thus deciding not to confirm the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time. This decision they made leads to thinking that McLaren is still striving to achieve an under seven minutes lap, as previously promised.
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