The McLaren P1 LM's Record-Setting Goodwood Hillclimb Run Will Make You Dizzy

McLaren has once again upped the ante on the P1 front over the weekend, with the LM incarnation of the British hypercar setting a new road-legal car record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
McLaren P1 LM setting a record at 2016 FoS 1 photo
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Manhandled by Swedish racing driver Kenny Bräck, who likes to spend his retirement by pulling such stunts, the 986 hp (1,000 PS) Le Mans nod we have here lapped the 1.12 course so quick that the piece of footage at the bottom of the page has serious chances of making you dizzy.

For one thing, you should pay close attention to the violent way in which the first corner adventure took place - remember, this is a bend that saw the infamous Blitzen Benz, as well as the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor spinning, albeit in the wet.

The video also shows a timing comparison involving the standard P1, if we may call Woking's gas-electric machine that. The LM crossed the finish line in 47.07 seconds, a stunning feat.

In fact, the only machine that managed to complete the task quicker during this year's edition of the FoS is a manic time attack-prepped Subaru Impreza WRX STI. With a time of 46.29 seconds and driven by British racer Olly Clark, the Scooby won the overall battle, but we have to keep in mind the STI is not street-legal.

Returning to the badass P1 LM, we have to applaud McLaren, as well as its old time Le Mans partner, Lanzante Motorsport, who helped with the development, for the way in which the P1 special editions story unfolded.

It all started with the track-confined P1 GTR, but Lanzante delivered road-legal conversions of the octane beast, which showed up all over the world. Well, the P1 LM sits above the road-going P1 GTR, with McLaren explaining this is the last version of the gas-electric machine - how does a 40 percent downforce boost (compared to the P1 GTR) sound?

Marketing aside, the F1 LM's blistering FoS run also had a noble purpose, serving as a tribute to the late James Hunt, whose F1 victories brought an important contribution to McLaren's reputation.

However, with only six P1 LMs being built, perhaps an outlandish collector will turn his P1 into an even more extreme piece of kit?

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