The Festival of Speed is an event held at the Goodwood house in England and it’s one of the ideal places to see an unbelievable gathering of some of the fastest and most rare vehicles on the planet. It seems as if every year there’s a superstar that emerges and therefore it’s the perfect place for car manufacturers to reveal special edition models and things of that nature. And since we’re approaching the 2017 FOS, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s event when Lanzante Motorsport, McLaren, and Kenny Brack came together to make history with the P1 LM.
Historical headlines are not easy to come by at Goodwood and it requires something special in order to do so. And I don’t think anyone could look at the P1 LM and not agree that it most definitely qualifies for that. Especially that weekend. I say that because that was the first time the public laid eyes on this masterpiece and once you learned the details about it there was absolutely no question that something special was happening and records were going to be broken.
As a reminder, the P1 LM is the hardcore version of the already bonkers standard P1 called the P1 GTR that’s been altered to make it street legal without sacrificing any of the performance. Lanzante Motorsports is the shop responsible for going through the painstaking process of figuring out exactly how and what needs to be done in order to take make the GTR road legal. Most people would lose their mind at the thought of wrenching on a car that costs well over $2 million, one that has a next level hybrid powertrain that combines an already sophisticated tiny little 3.8L twin turbo V8 with an electric motor setup the comes together to produce a glorious 986hp. But not the talented group of people at Lanzante. Apparently, they thrive on that level of sophistication because they’re responsible for a long list of other amazing vehicles like the F1 GTR Longtail turned grocery getter I featured recently.
You can only imagine the pressure Lanzante must’ve experienced that last weekend of June when releasing to the world the project they’d poured your blood sweat and tears into. And to make it even more stressful, this obviously isn’t the typical “unveiling” where you have a couple lovely ladies standing next to it on a rotating stage. Instead, you have the eyes of moto enthusiasts all over the world watching your masterpiece careening up this short, tight and fast hill climb run against some of the fastest cars in the world.
To celebrate the amazing achievement accomplished that day, the Goodwood YouTube channel released in-car footage of Brack’s entire record run that day and it’s fascinating to see it from that perspective. From the outside, the car looks cool, calm, and lightning fast, but when you see it from the inside it’s something else altogether. It’s ferocious and violent as if Brack is trying to wrestle a Grizzly Bear, but yet it appears to be even faster than it does from the outside. I personally watched the video multiple times, just enthralled that every little wiggle of that Formula 1 looking steering wheel was likely saving the car from flying off the road or hitting a wall and being destroyed. You’ve got to hand it to Brack for keeping his composure as he threads the needle through the “bridge turn” at well over 100mph (not the proper name I’m sure) in a car that’s worth over $4 million. Not to mention the extremely limited final production number of a whopping six in total. So for that in itself, Bravo Kenny.
The bottom line is that no matter how good Kenny is behind the wheel, a lot comes down to the car, and that’s why the P1 LM is in my opinion the best hardcore track car turned street legal beast. At least until the next level of performance comes in the form of the BP23, Project One, and Valkyrie. When that time comes I might need to reevaluate. In the meantime check out the rolling work of art in action, and as an added bonus, I included Lanzante’s official video that gives you a brief behind the scenes look at the unveiling of the car as well as great footage of the record run.