McLaren’s rare P1 LM has been sent round the Nurburgring where it duly shaved 2 seconds off the lap record, with a time of 6 mins 43.2.
The P1 LM road car is intended to be the quickest, rarest, and last of the P1 variants. With just five production examples built so far, an identical prototype XP1LM road car was driven to Germany for the final phase of testing where it took on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. After setting this new lap record, the car then drove directly from Nurburgring back home to the UK via Eurostar.
The project is the latest collaboration between Lanzante and Kenny Brack. Kenny Brack is known for his 1999 Indianapolis 500 win, 1998 Indy racing win, and gold medal at the 2009 rally-x during the x-games. Lanzante first became synonymous with McLaren when it ran the semi-works Mclaren F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995.
The project also received support from McLaren, and Pirelli who made a specific size and compound road legal Trofeo tyre for the P1 LM.
The biggest change for the P1 LM was the engine hardware - increasing capacity from 3798cc to 3994cc - with additional boost, and hybrid power producing 1000 BHP and 1050 Nm of torque. This is achieved while still using 99-octane fuel. Top speed is limited to 214mph. The wheels and tyres are unique to the P1 LM with centre locking with the car 60kg lighter than even the McLaren P1 GTR. This is due to the removal of race parts such as the air-jack system, the use of lightweight seats replicated from the original McLaren F1 GTR, the Inconel exhaust and titanium tailpipes, lightweight fabricated charge coolers, Lexan windows, and the use of titanium bolts and fixings.
The P1 LM also recieves increased aero from a modified rear wing, and larger front splitter and dive planes. Together the changes give an increase in downforce of 40%. The P1 LM is uniquely fitted with a fully exposed carbon fibre roof and additional panels, while other exterior changes include orange brake callipers on the orange examples, and silver on the grey ones.
On the inside, exposed carbon fibre covers the entire dashboard, instrument cowl, seat backs, roof, door cards, centre console and even the floor mats. Air conditioning is included as standard. Orange Alcantara is used for the seat inserts and door pulls on the orange cars, black on the grey examples. Five point seat belts are also fitted. The Alcantara trimmed steering wheel is unique to the P1 LM and is a modified version of that used in the championship winning McLaren MP4/23 driven by Lewis Hamilton.
Additionally the special model will be supplied by Lanzante with a full tool kit replicating that of the original McLaren F1. Included is a torque wrench and wheel socket, diagnostics tablet, tailored car cover, and battery charging system. All five P1 LMs are sold, and will be used in the USA, Japan, UAE and the UK.