23 McLaren release the P1 Nurburgring record. And it's not pretty.

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The following article was published on April 1st of 2015 as Aprils Fools' prank.

McLaren have finally published the long awaited Ring record for the P1 supercar. McLaren have been testing P1 at Nurburgring Nordshcleife since late 2013, but no official record has been published. Until today.

Have McLaren delivered on promise to lap the "Green Hell" in under 7 minutes and have they beaten Porsche 918 record of 6 minutes and 57 seconds?

The short answer to both of these questions is "no" and a "no". In a brief press release published today, McLaren state that the best time so far achieved in factory testing, is a very disappointing 7 minutes and 12 seconds.

This makes it immediately obvious, why it took over a year for any official time from McLaren.

P1 skeptics have long speculated that the smaller KERS battery would not be enough for a 20 km track like Nordschleife. This theory has been confirmed in recent interview by Autobild, where McLaren chief test driver Chris Goodwin, candidly admits that the P1 ran out of "electricity" before completing a flying lap:

"I think it was not a wrong decision. Smaller battery meant we could hit out weight target, and less weight is always better. Unless you have to complete a 20 kilometer out-lap. On a track like this our weight savings really bite us."

Perhaps more shockingly, Goodwin further admits that P1 had trouble hitting speed targets set by a 650S:

"After completing one lap, the lack of electric thrust was noticeable. In Flugplatz and Schwedenkreiz we were barely faster than a 650S. But don't get me wrong, 650S is a fast car."

There is no doubt that McLaren die-hards will be deeply disappointed with the news, but we have to congratulate McLaren for being honest and open in releasing information which is likely to have negative effect on their reputation or even sales of the upcoming McLaren 570S, which will be in direct competition with Porsche in the more affordable "911" segment.

* Happy Aprils Fools' day! This article is completely bogus.

5y ago by FastestLaps
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BR2+  5y ago

Wtf does Ferrari have to do with McLaren releasing a time?

And if any company is gonna say they did a lap in under 7mins, On the greatly famed Nurburgring, then yeah, They need to say a time.

Thas like saying i built a space ship that goes 5x the speed of light......And havent proved it(Which i strongly believe FTL is certainly possible)


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sroser  5y ago

BR2+ - Why should they release a time? Have Ferrari ever released a time?


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You  5y ago

The time for this car is still very fast. You have to remember even the 918 was slightly faster than cars it blew away at the ring, besides conditions make a difference which we will never know. I would still love to own one.


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BR2+  5y ago

It might as well be true since its been more then a year since they HAVENT released a time...Not like there isnt some truth to this article.


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sroser  5y ago

Amazing how many dumbasses actually believed this. Classic.


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BR2+  5y ago

Yeah that Zelda movie fake bullshite pissed me right the fk off, I'm a big fan of the games so naturally I'd love a movie, Although it did look like a B movie, But still, I was not happy one bit, I swear if they make a Mass Effect or GTA fake trailer...I'm Killin somebody-_-........


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Shaggy  5y ago

Hahaha..., I get it, April Fools!


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V8Supercar1  5y ago

I hate April fools day.


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degaton  5y ago

Why are some people still not believing this is a joke? I don't get it! Did they not read the whole article?
Good one FL, the nuclear bomb would have worked just as well


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GTRRRRRRRRRRRR  5y ago

So is a lot slower than NISMO lol expensive flop.


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FastestLaps  5y ago

It looks like I fooled more than a few ppl :D Even when the joke was so obvious - I mean, comon, McLaren releasing P1 Ring time? U kiddin??

If I wrote that Ferrari have been secretly developing a nuclear bomb with intent to drop it on Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart, I would probably fool more ppl...


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Flabernat  5y ago

@BR2+
Hahaha, Yeah, I remember that fake Zelda trailer... Massive disappointment.
It still makes me a bit sad thinking about it :/


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RK  5y ago

I wasnt expecting that from mclaren...but as i remember there was a word from them that they did not enable regeneration under braking in order to keep the full power of braking...if they manage to do this maybe there will be able to get a sub 7 min lap time


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ManIrMilzigsPenis30cm  5y ago

hahahaha I actually believed the story and was like holy shit this cant be true

gj


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BR2+  5y ago

I actually forgot about AF.

Not really as big as it used to be, Pretty much just another day.

So its hard to tell what is real and what isnt. Id hate for alot of things to be a joke, But we do have thse people. Remember that M3 Pickup?-- Or that Legend Of Zelda Movie?--

I was supremely cross at those 2 things.


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saxy  5y ago

Don't tell me this is April fools


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BR2+  5y ago

Well its somewhat true..


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FastestLaps  5y ago

Someone actually added the laptime :)


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BR2+  5y ago

I was gonna book a trip to Latvia with some rope, some tooth paste, a tooth pick and a pack of double mint gum, And give the author of this article a well deserved beating....till I saw that little text down below-_-.......


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phavyarden  5y ago

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