Posted Dec 6th 2013 8:00PM
This is one of those fun stories where we could have gotten by without writing a single sentence, just by running the video and the headline. That title really does say everything that needs to be said – this is a video – a highly stylized, beautifully filmed video - from McLaren of its attempt at breaking the seven-minute barrier at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with its new P1 hybrid hyper car.
Our only gripe with this short film might be that while McLaren claims it broke the seven-minute mark, we still have no clue as to what its actual time was – how are we supposed to know if the Brits bested the Germans? Hopefully, that'll come out soon.
Still, the fact that McLaren took a car on "production tires" and completed that lap time is amazing. It's made more amazing by the fact that the car was not trailered to the track - it was driven 628 kilometres (390 miles) from the UK to Germany. For those who are interested, there's a great running commentary on the lap in the press release from McLaren test driver Chris Goodwin, the pilot shown in the video.
Finally, this video clarifies the mystery of XP2R, a car we showed you lapping the Nürburgring back in July. It turns out that the car shown in the video is the same one we showed last summer, although McLaren still hasn't let on as to whether it differs from other P1s.
Scroll down for the full video and press release from McLaren.