The McLaren P1 LM is at it again. The crazy-awesome hypercar made its first appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and walked away with a world record. The car, piloted by former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack, managed to break the record for fastest road legal car on Goodwood hill. The P1 LM raced up the hill in a time of 47.07 seconds, beating the prior record of 49.27 seconds (set by Nissan GT-R Nismo) by a bit over two full seconds.
Watch it here:
The amazing street legal P1 LM, which was originally going to be called the P1 GTR, is named after the legendary McLaren F1. The car churns out 986bhp from twin turbo V8 and electric motors. It has over 40 percent more downforce than the already badass P1 GTR, owing to a modified splitter, rear wing and dive planes.
Lanzante designed and nurtured this beast of a car, despite its official birth by McLaren’s Special Operations Division. Lanzante was the company that championed the old F1 GTR to a shocking Le Mans victory in 1995. The best thing about the GTR was when the company converted them to road legal vehicles for consumers. That was also the idea behind the P1 LM, which you can drive anywhere.
Although one might assume that McLaren had to tame the wild horsepower, the company in fact sells the cars with the full capacity engine. Lanzante said “the P1 LM will be “the quickest, rarest and last of the P1 variants.”
One of the top improvements with the car is that it is actually 60kg lighter, the better to make it even faster. To cut weight the car dropped the GTR’s air jacks, lightweight seats, plastic windows and other titanium items here and there.
The F1 has lovely gold plating inside the engine bay. The powertrain combines a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 with electric motors. It still has a gonzo 1000PS figure. The aerodynamics are improved, which you can see in the video of the Goodwood performance.
The car is very carbon-heavy, with a carbon roof totally exposed, plus much exposed carbon on the interior. There is still typical air conditioning, plus the rare Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel that nods to Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren MP4/23 that won him the 2008 F1 title.
At the millions you’ll need to get your hands on this car, it better come with some nice extras. And of course it does. Buyers get a tailored car cover, toolkit and even a 1:8 scale model of the car to keep it in your mind’s eye every hour of the day. Originally McLaren planned to sell just vie: one in grey, and the other four in bright orange, again nodding to the brilliant old school F1 LMs.