Acceleration times and top speeds are all well and fine, but there are few bragging rights quite as hotly contested as a Nürburgring lap time. The current king of the hill is the Dodge Viper ACR, which managed to hustle around the Green Hell in 7:12.1. But that looks poised to be de-throned by the new McLaren P1.

Although far from confirmed, rumor has it that the P1 – which was caught just a couple of weeks ago lapping the Nordschleife – has clocked a lap time of 7:04, 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.

Why not, you ask? Because it's too slow.

That's right: beating the current record by six seconds isn't enough for Woking, which has made no secret of its unbridled ambition to break the seven-minute barrier. That's something that no street-legal production car has ever done. Sure, the Pagani Zonda R and Ferrari 599XX have busted into the sixes, but while they're both production-derived, neither is street legal.

As for the Radical SR8 LM, which clocked a time of 6:48 (just half a second behind the Pagani), its claim is rather dubious considering that it can only be driven in certain countries (not including this one, nor the one where the Nürburgring is located) by type-approval on a case-by-case basis.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to see the 918 vs. P1 vs. LaFerarri comparo. Just for sh!ts and giggles, drop in an old Saleen S7 Twin Turbo as well.
      Cory Stansbury
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am sure the SRT boys are heartbroken that a 1.3 Million dollar car beat the time they set in 45 minutes using an out of production car.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since the 918 has hit 6:57, that's too big a chasm to bridge for McLaren. If may break 7 minutes, but don't expect it to break 6:57. If they break 7 minutes, they'll post it. But being second best hurts their legacy. The LaFerrari might be afraid altogether of fighting these two in "Green Hell"! BD
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      amazing. what a carving tool!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love that evil smile. It's good that Mclaren is out to give Ferrari a run for their money.
      NamorF-Pro
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ACR is NOT the fastest production car around Green Hell the Lexus LFA Nurbergring was. The Dodge used slicks which is not a production car accessory but only made for professional racing or after market. I'm not amazed the P1 can do that. I wouldn't be amazed if it did it in under 7 minutes. It has a TON of power and aerodynamics. And it looks spectacular!
        Erik R. Reid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Please provide proof the ACR was on slicks. I've heard this more than once, but no one has provided proof. Just speculation.
          lyphesaparty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Erik R. Reid
          NamorF-pro - genius, that link was to the ACR-X which is a race ONLY version. The record noted above was for the ACR which set the 7:12 with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires the same ones used by the Corvette for the z06 and zr1 time etc.
          pmurray63
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Erik R. Reid
          He's confusing the ACR with the ACR-X.
          NamorF-Pro
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Erik R. Reid
          http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2010-dodge-viper-srt10-acr-x-first-drive-review
      Dmack
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not a fan of the Viper ACR! It's a race car. It's like ACR stands for no AC. You put a big spoiler on any car you will get down force on the track. The p1 has a built in spoiler that rises. I have yet seen a viper ACR on the road. Heck I haven't seen a GTS on the road in years. I'v seen more Veyron's and GT3'S. If your car can lap the ring fast and can't sell a few cars a month then what's the point.
      Daveman 427
      • 1 Year Ago
      Regardless of whatever the 'ring time is, the McLaren P1 will be remembered as a very capable and technologically advanced car. However, I fear it will always be in the shadow of the McLaren F1. I'm not sure why, but I'm not near as fond of the P1 as I am of the F1. Logically, the P1 should appeal to me more so than F1 for the P1 is so much more advanced and could crush any lap time the F1 is capable of (unless its a lap around the Nardo speed ring). Maybe I look at the F1 with rose colored glasses, thinking back to when I first saw the car in Need for Speed II and thinking "well, why the hell should I use any other car in this game?" For all the same reasons I was captivated by the F1's performance, I should be captivated by the P1... but I'm just not. I almost feel stupid for not liking the P1 over the F1. But the F1 looks so much better to me and the three person seating with the driver in the center and the cargo storage in the sides was just so innovative. Also, the technology behind the F1 was in the way it was constructed, not the way it drives. With the F1, its just you, alot of Kevlar, some gold and a naturally aspirated BMW V-12.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      ferrari's and Lamborghini's counter-time in 3...2...1...
      Ross
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's 10 seconds quicker than Porsche 918. However, LaFerrari with more power and roughly same curb weight (45LBS less) should give it a run for its money. Although, its unlikely these lap times are the deciding factors for their respective owners.
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        the 7:14 of the 918 was a unfinished Prototype with less power than the production model. The Viper ACR (7:12min 2011 )NEVER was King of the hill...the current fastest production car lap (excluding Radical) is from Gumpert Apollo Sport with 7:11min (2009) driven carefully, the race driver setting this time claimed the Gumpert Apollo Sport can easy brake in the sub 7min time if driven with a setup to drivers wants (which is possible with its fully adjustable suspension from factory) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIXK3vsiLkw
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          that's true. still the 918 won't come close to this time. they simply have a totally different focus with the car.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ross
        Well, power to weight isn't everything. The Mclaren seems to have incredibly impressive brakes, suspension, and downforce. Can the theFerrari top that? I'm not too sure. It might beat it in a straight line, make better noises, and some people might call it more fun, but Mclaren seems to be more adept at getting a car to handle with ruthless efficiency.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      "That's right: beating the current record by six seconds isn't enough for Woking" 7:12.1 - 7:04 = +8.1 seconds.
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