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The McLaren name was born on the racetrack and, 50 years on, is the most successful name in global motorsport. That desire and determination to push for every extra tenth of a second, and obsessive focus on perfection, has seen the final development objective for the now sold out McLaren P1™ achieved: a sub-seven minute lap time of the Nürburgring circuit.
From the outset, the McLaren P1™ has been developed with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on both road and track. To achieve this, the development programme has focussed on ensuring the McLaren P1™ pushes the boundaries in terms of sheer performance, with testing carried out in some of the harshest conditions around the world. But one challenge remained, and that was arguably the toughest of them all.
20.8 kilometres driven at an average speed in excess of 178 km/h. Sounds easy, until you add in more than 150 corners, 300 metres of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g. All in less than seven minutes…
Commenting on the sub-seven achievement by the McLaren P1™, McLaren Formula 1™ driver and 2009 world champion Jenson Button said: ‘The fact that the McLaren P1™ has posted a sub-seven-minute lap at the Nürburgring is unbelievably impressive.
Well the internet rumor mill is alive and kicking touting that the McLaren P1 has lapped the Nürburgring in 7:04 but no official release from McLaren in apparent dismay that they haven’t broken the 7 minute barrier.
Although this is 5 seconds shy of Ron Dennis quote at the Geneva Motorshow that it would break the 7 minute barrier, which would make it the fastest street-legal production car ever to round the famous German circuit. But McLaren hasn’t confirmed the time, and it likely won’t. Continue reading McLaren P1 – Laps the Nordschleife in 7:04 Maybe?→
Mercedes-Benz UK has teamed up with renowned magician, Dynamo and Formula One™ legend David Coulthard to complete a unique challenge involving a blindfolded dynamo, and a fire-laden run in an SL 63 AMG…
The Mercedes-Benz campaign launches tonight (1st August) at 22:00, with footage of the astonishing feat available on www.DynamoVCoulthard.com, following the TV premiere on Watch at 21:00 during the final episode of ‘Dynamo: Magician Impossible’.
Theres not a lot of information about whats going to happen but it involves the Bradfords answer to Paul Daniels with David Coultard looking rather puzzled.
Who Knows it might be sponsored by Pirelli so there may be some unexpected fireworks and tyres fitted the wrong way round…
McLaren Automotive has released the final numbers, images and information relating to its phenomenal McLaren P1™ ahead of a global reveal in just a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show.
The race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) gives the McLaren P1™ astonishing performance. Zero to 100km/h will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 km/h under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 km/h will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. Putting that into perspective, that’s 5 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h. Continue reading McLaren P1 officially revealed→
Now, owners of this 625hp British supercar looking for an even more individual twist, can order the attractive GEMBALLA GT package for the 12C Spider, which makes its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Highlights of the GEMBALLA GT Spider are its carbon-fibre Aero Kit, interior re-trim in the finest leathers, and the brand new GForged-one lightweight alloy wheels.
A pioneer of personalisation for Porsche cars, GEMBALLA now offers a comprehensive programme for the McLaren family, too. The symbiosis that brings these three great marques together is elegant design, high-performance and the use of lightweight material technologies.
Thus, GEMBALLA’s German designed and manufactured aerodynamic components eschew even the industry-standard use of PU RIM or GRP, making the leap to carbon-fibre for the ultimate in strength and lightness. GEMBALLA’s aero package consists of a new front bumper/spoiler, side skirts and rear valence, which perfectly line up with the OE bodywork using the factory mounting points. Continue reading The GEMBALLA GT Spider based on the McLaren 12C Spider→
With one month until all eyes in the automotive world turn to Switzerland, McLaren Automotive has confirmed that the global debut of the production-ready McLaren P1™ will be at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva, and taken the opportunity to give a glimpse of the, so far unseen, interior. The latest insight confirms that the McLaren P1™ will adopt a race-inspired digital dash readout, and gives further information relating to the levels of performance that can be expected with a highly-focused ‘Race’ mode. Continue reading McLaren Automotive – Confirm P1 ‘Race Ready’ for Geneva IAA→
A fully camouflaged version of the McLaren P1, which made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, has been caught testing on the Spanish mainland.
The new McLaren P1 ‘replacement to the legendary McLaren F1’ will have a power-to-weight ratio of over 600bhp per tonne when it goes on sale in late 201, the P1 is should be a lot lighter than the current MP4-12C due to use of lightweight composite’s, a total output of around 740bhp is expected.