Video: McLaren’s P1 LM Runs a 6:43 at the Nurburgring!

Beloved hotshoe Kenny Brack is up to his shenanigans once again. The fearless Swede has crashed at 230 mph, danced with a Ford GT40 in the rain, hustled this monster between the hay bales at Goodwood, and even run with the bulls in Pamplona. Nix the last one. Whatever the challenge, the mild-mannered Brack manages to impress—and this searing attempt at the Nurburgring is no different.

The weapon of choice is none other than the McLaren P1 LM, which Brack has thrashed extensively since he’s one of McLaren’s development drivers these days. His immeasurable talent was employed by the Woking firm to get a number on the most aggressive road car sold by McLaren—though with only five in existence, it’s hardly a production car.

The P1 LM is essentially a road-legal version of the trackday P1 GTR, with an extra sticky version of the Trofeo. The powerplant is tweaked to 989 horsepower, the interior is as spartan as the P1 GTR with just a few flecks of alcantara for a semblance of comfort, and with all the wild extrusions and aero pieces, it generates 1,455 pounds of total downforce at 150 mph!

A stiffly-sprung setup means the McLaren loves to hop—and slide—over the bumps.

A stiffly-sprung setup means the McLaren loves to hop—and slide—over the bumps.

That aero grip clearly shows when Brack throws this monster around the Nurburgring. At the Nordschleife has both fast and slow sections, this nominally road-legal racing car has to have both mechanical grip and aerodynamic grip, and a healthy amount of stability over the bumps—which is a hard medium to find.

The seamless torque of the motor fires him out of the slowest corners and the sheer width of the tire help put the power down, but the P1 appears stiff and is visibly deflected by the bumps. Not in a dangerous way, but as the revs spike over undulations in the road it shows its real, hairy potential. As the speeds increase, Brack leans on the car and trusts the aero grip, which sticks the four tires firmly into the surface of the road and allow him to take some pretty economical lines through the sweepers without much in the way of sphincter-tightening moments. Yet, there are still a few clenchers to be seen: most notably the big lock-stopper at 2:54 and the mortifying wiggle at 3:30. Brack proceeds undaunted, but that’s not surprising: made of stronger stuff.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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