GT Spirit reported earlier today (Sept. 2,2013) that unconfirmed reports from McLaren have their newest McLaren P1 lapping the Nurburgring in 7:04 (minutes:seconds) besting the previous record held by Gumpert Apollo in there Gumpart Apollo Sport back in 2009 when they lapped the Nurburgring in 7:11.
It should be noted that officially the Radical SR8 LM lapped the Nurbugring in 6:48, but most consider it not to be a true production car in the sense of the word (being open cockpit and not type-approved).
A silver McLaren P1 was spotted just last month in the middle of August hot lapping the P1 at full speed. And ever since its introduction at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ron Dennis (CEO of McLaren) has confidently stated that the McLaren P1 will most certainly break seven minutes and is rumored to be the reason why McLaren will not officially publish this latest assault on the Nordschleife.
Simply put, 7:04 is just too slow for McLaren to admit even though, for what it’s worth, its a very quick time for any production car to achieve.
With a heavily revised 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine combined with a KERS electric motor that produces 176 HP, the hybrid powertrain gives a total power output of 903 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Only 375 units are planned to be built. Just recently late night talk show host and comedian Jay Leno took ownership of one of the first production McLaren P1’s available to the public.
Source: GT Spirit