Yesterday McLaren released official performance stats for the new P1, including a blistering 2.8-second 0-62 time, along with additional acceleration and braking figures. But that doesn't tell the whole story.

No, what enthusiasts will really be waiting to see is how fast the new McLaren P1 will hustle around the Nürburgring. Rumor had it that the Big Mac had clocked a 7:04 lap time, but McLaren wouldn't confirm it, and with just cause: the Porsche 918 Spyder broke the seven-minute barrier (and the lap record for street-legal production cars) around the same time, and McLaren apparently thought it could do better.

Well, it looks like it has, if the latest rumors emanating from the Nordschleife prove accurate. According to YouTube user swsthebest1994, who uploaded the video below, McLaren has managed a 6:47 lap time, which would make it a solid 10 seconds faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder. We'll have to wait on official confirmation of the time, but if it's true, we could have a new Ringmeister on our hands – and a challenge set not only for Porsche, which says it can still best its own time, but also Ferrari.



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      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to care about this stuff when supercars cost $200k and I thought I might one day own one. This might as well take place on Mars.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        It's true. But honestly, I would rather have one of the $200-$300K supercars - or a nice lower cost car collection - than one of these. It might sound dumb to the bench racers, but they are just way faster than anyone short of a pro driver can get the most out of, even on the track. For me, driving fast is about finding the limits of the car and pushing them; I feel like these are so over the top, that I would never smoothly be able to really push the car. Give me a Noble M600 or Carrera GT any day over any of these. Manual transmissions, incredible noises, and plenty fast enough to provide for a lifetime of learning.
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      I normally am not a huge fan of the P1's looks but that slightly blurry cover image from that view in silver looks fantastic.
        oneeightteenth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Totally agree. Maybe its the similarity to the F1's silver paint, but this is the best I've seen it look yet...
      ground
      • 1 Year Ago
      wuuuuuuut?! That's just insane if true. I love Pcars and drive a cayenne for a DD.. but just shows you what a boutique firm can do when engineers are razor focused.
      collabplan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see nothing to confirm or verify that 6:47 claim. I'll believe it when we see it posted by McLaren.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Simply one of of the most amazing cars ever!! Valid successor to the F1 imo.. just insane power and handling!!
      Tony Akinremi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for McLaren! Long Live the Onesupmanship!
      Raul Morales
      • 1 Year Ago
      6:47 for a road car would be insane. 6:47 is the time the Pagani Zonda R set and its a track car. So I find it hard to believe until I see real or credible proof like an on board video just as Ferrari and Pagani have done at the Nur.
      Blockhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      My 1987 Ford Ranger could do a lap in about 15-20 minutes...With a load of grocery's in the bed...
      Dick
      • 1 Year Ago
      The driver has EVERYTHING to do with fast lap times , NOT JUST THE CAR !
        AGSHOP
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dick
        i guess but with the loss of a manual its like a video game to gear down so fast and gear up so fast. Basically more and more non racers can drive perfectly cuz they are pro at Grand turismo
      cypherxx666xx
      • 1 Year Ago
      i think somebody wanted some (more) views on his videos
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      That P1 sure looks better in silver than the normal yellow of all the press pics. That camera guy is a bit of a **** pulling out to pass, (or at least get a different angle on the vid,) right as they come up to the construction guys. Smart of the P1 driver to pull away and make it wide. The Nurburgring is just the benchmark dujour. And I think it's probably a pretty good one - arguably one of the most difficult tracks currently in existence. I suppose you could have the same thing with Bathurst, or pick your favorite track. But Nurburgring is big, famous, relatively close to many of the companies that use it and people love the competition. And even though most folks will never go there, a bunch of folks know every corner from sitting behind a Playstation for too many hours which makes these times even more personal. Did I mention how much better it looks in silver?
        sandwich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        you think silver is nice....wait till you see it in black (matte or gloss), arctic white, red, or a deep blue.....
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      If true a truly amazing time. I honestly would have found it strange if the Porsche would have been faster. Still, with all these clever hybrid systems on all these cars I wonder how they can be "tuned" without anyone noticing.
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