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McLaren P1 laps Nurburgring in 6:30-something – report

January 21, 2014

What car is the king of the Nurburgring? It’s a question that has been really put to the test in recent months, with the introduction of a number of massively capable hypercars hitting the scene.

McLaren P1-Nurburgring

Porsche has recorded the latest ‘official’ record with the new 918 Spyder. It posted at time of 6:57, which makes it the quickest genuine road-legal production car to ever lap the circuit.

Nissan came close with the mental new Nismo GT-R, posting a time of 7:08.679, while Ferrari is yet to test the upcoming LaFerrari hypercar.

The main contender left is the McLaren P1. The company has been venturing to the treacherous circuit fairly regularly, however, a specific lap time for the P1 is yet to be revealed.

McLaren P1-Nurburgring-corner

McLaren even released a bit of a teaser video of the P1 on the Nurburgring. Rumours suggested a time of 6:47. An insider has apparently revealed the car can do it in the 6:30 range.

Speaking with Autocar, the insider claims the P1 can do a lap “a fair bit quicker” than the suggested 6:47 time. If it can indeed do 6:30-something it would make it the new king of the ‘Ring.

The LaFerrari is expected to post an equally mind-bending time, if the company ever chooses to run a full hot lap.

If the companies refuse to announce official times, we might have to wait for some of the well-respected motoring journalists/racing experts to jump behind the wheel to finally draw some sort of conclusion.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.