The Batmobile has been spotted lapping the Nurburgring. No wait, sorry, that’s the McLaren P1 LM has been spotted lapping the Nurburgring.
You can forgive the confusion, though. Low, sleek, bewinged, and extremely aggressive, the P1 LM could easily be mistaken for the DC superhero’s latest ride.
Anyway, it was mixed in with the traffic during a tourist session at the ‘Ring last weekend. The car in question is actually XP1 LM, the development car that is being fine-tuned by its creator, Lanzante. Company head Dean Lanzante has made no secret of his intention to make an attempt on the Nordschleife production car lap record, should an opportunity arise.
It seems likely, then, that the purpose of the session was to carry out some preliminary setup work. Lanzante revealed the driver doing that work would be Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack; the video below shows the car driving into the parking lot and Brack does indeed appear to be behind the wheel.
The P1 LM is essentially a road-legal version of the track-only P1 GTR. Just five will be built, converted from existing GTRs. This is not just a case of slapping on license plates and fitting a compliant exhaust, though. For the LM is even more extreme than the GTR.
Mechanically, the two are virtually identical. Power comes from a mid-mounted, 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine combined with a hybrid system that together muster 1000 horsepower (746 kilowatts). However, it should be significantly faster as more than 130 pounds (60 kilograms) of unnecessary race equipment has been stripped out, and revised aero produces 40 percent more downforce. 40 percent!
McLaren did run the standard P1 at the ‘Ring, but never revealed the lap time. As such, the 6:57 lap time set by the Porsche 918 Spyder stands as the production car benchmark.
Besides Lanzante, Koenigsegg is also planning an assault with the One:1, once it has rebuilt the car that crashed this summer.
With so much traffic around, Brack wasn't really able to let rip in the P1 LM this time. It will be an awesome spectacle when he is.