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McLaren P1 tames the 'Ring

2013-12-06 14:55

TAKING ON THE NURBURGRING: McLaren’s P1 has becomes latest vehicle to join the sub-seven club at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit. Image: YouTube

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McLaren's P1 in testing

2013-09-06 11:25

The testing programme for McLaren's P1 has continued at a relentless pace. The automaker has released an epic video showing its new model undergoing testing both on and off the track!

McLaren's P1 took on the 20.8km Green Hell that is Germany's Nurburgring. Is this race-born car a match for the legendary track? Find out in this epic video!

McLaren has joined the sub-seven minute club at Germany's Nurburgring circuit with its latest offering - the P1.

According to the automaker, the P1 has been developed to be the "best driver’s car." It led the automaker to push the boundaries in terms of performance and testing carried out in some of the harshest conditions around the world.

Video: McLaren P1 laps the Nurburgring

The toughest challenge of all of was the 20.8km Nurburgring driven at an average speed in excess of 178km/h. McLaren's P1 had to contend with 150 corners, 300m of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g. The automaker reports its P1 lapped the iconic track in less than seven minutes.

The automaker says its P1 generates up to 600kgs of downforce through the use of advanced active aerodynamics. This allows the car to carry greater levels of speed through the corners, and achieve higher apex speeds, and the optimised traction enables the driver to get on the power earlier.

The P1 is powered by a 542kW 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol capable combined with a 131kW electric motor. Performance figures are  0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 0-200km/h in 6.8 seconds and 0-300km/ in 16.5 seconds.
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