McLaren P1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Automakers routinely test prototypes and productions cars on this stretch of German twists and turns, and drivers flock to this road to test their own metal and mettle. The fastest production cars on the planet run in the mid-to-low seven minute range.
Currently, (depending on your definition of street-legal production car) the top time is held by the Dodge Viper ACR thanks to its seven minute and 12 second lap. Now, however, it might be time for a new king of the hill... and this one is wearing a McLaren badge.
Rumor has it that the McLaren P1 recently went around the 'Ring in just seven minutes and four seconds. That's a blistering lap, and it could push the vehicle to the top of the ladder. Still, word has it that McLaren haven't publicized the time because it's not fast enough.
The goal is a sub-seven minute run, and if any car seems capable on paper it would have to be the P1. After all, we're dealing with a 900-horsepower hypercar that's capable of hitting a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Additionally, the P1 is fitted with trick active aerodynamic bits and engineering from some of the greatest go-fast-focused minds on the planet.
Still, this isn't an official time yet. Hopefully the automaker announces something soon though, because we're waiting to crown a new Nürburgring King. Could the P1 be the first true production car to drop below the seven minute mark? Only time will tell...
Not a lot of time, of course.