McLaren P1 LM Aims to Set Nurburgring Lap Record, Challenges Koenigsegg One:1

The Goodwood Festival of Speed performance of the McLaren P1 LM is still fresh in our memory, with the hybrid hypercar having managed to set a new track record for street-legal machines.
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Well, it seems the Nurburgring is the next target, with the LM scheduled to attempt a Nurburgring lap record as part of a Nordschleife-infused development process set to take place by the end of the year.

We'll remind you that, in order for a "regular" P1 to become an LM, it has to be massaged by McLaren racing partner Lanzante Motorsport, which also came up with the P1 GTR racecar's road-legal conversion before introducing the even-faster LM (friends call it Le Mans).

The British track activities specialist talked to Autocar, throwing in the mandatory dose of caution for announcing such a stopwatch adventure. Remember, the time to beat is the 6:57 of the Porsche 918 Spyder.

We don’t have the finances or the time to do something like Porsche [Zuffenhausen used a complex Nurburgring program involving three drivers],” Dean Lanzante, the head of the company and son of the man who won Le Mans in an F1 GTR back in 1995, said. “If it rains, the track isn’t fast enough, so we can’t do a lap. And we don’t want to do a Koenigsegg…

Unorthodox talk aside, Lanzante refers to the ABS failure-determined crash that saw the One:1 development car getting crushed in its Ring record quest earlier this year - Angelholm has delivered an analysis of the accident and is now rebuilding the car.

Returning to the P1 LM, we'll remind you that the 986 hp gas-electric McLaren wasn't the fastest car to lap the tight 1.12 mile Goodwood Hillclimb this year. Nevertheless, while the McLaren's 47.07 was one-upped by a 46.29 run delivered by a time attack-prepped Subaru Impreza WRX STI driven by British racer Olly Clark, the STI didn't bother with the street-legal modifications, so the two competed in different classes.

Speaking of which, Swedish racing driver Kenny Bräck, who pulled the said Goodwood stunt, will also be manhandling the P1 LM on the Green Hell.
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