McLaren P1 rocks the Nürburgring in under 7 minutes

McLaren Automotive is touting that its P1 sportscar has registered a sub-seven minute time on the rugged and dangerous Nürburgring circuit in Germany.

The McLaren P1 supercar averaged 111 mph (178 km/h) on the 12 mile (20.8 km) racing road, just in time for McLaren’s 50th anniversary.

Handling the 12-mile track through Germany’s Eifel Forest, P1 and its driver encountered 150 corners, 300 meters of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2G on  the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

It is the same track where Niki Lauda, the racer whose life was depicted in the feature film “Rush,” nearly died in a wreck in 1976. The track was deemed too dangerous after that and Formula 1 dropped it from its schedule after that.

“This is the place dubbed the ‘Green Hell’ by three-time Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart,” according to a news release, “and the list of accidents and casualties is almost as long as the track itself – when it bites, it bites hard.”

Photo Credit: McLaren Automotive

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