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.