The Top Gear track has had quite the collection of supercars make a timed lap with the Stig behind the wheel over the years. It’s a good way to have a similar driver on the same course driving many different vehicles to see which is the fastest.
I distinctly remember watching when the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport ran a lap time of 1:16.8 which easily took the top sot from the Gumpert Apollo S that held it previously. But that was quite some time ago. Now there are incredibly track focused cars being been built that although don’t have anywhere near the 1200hp that the Bugatti has, they only weigh a fraction of the bloated Bugatti. I’m referring to cars like the Ariel Atom V8 and the BAC Mono. The following season after the record run by the Veryon, the Atom V8 would go on to set a blistering lap time of 1:15.1 and that was with a “moist” track as Clarkson would say.
What really surprised me was when the Pagani Huayra went out and put down a 1:13.8, that is a full three seconds faster than the 1200HP Veyron SS! It would seem as if this would be the limit for a production car. The Pagani would hold that record four seasons. I’m not exactly sure how much time but it was the 19th season and we just started the 23rd. There was significant time in between each season so I have to assume that’s about 4-5 years.
But that all changed on this week’s episode of Top Gear when the Stig jumped in a bright green McLaren 675 LT and put down an amazing lap time of 1:13.7! Even though its only 1 tenth of a second faster, it’s still faster, right? The 675 LT might be my personal favorite McLaren and if given the opportunity I would probably take the LT over any Ferrari available, which is of course McLaren’s main competitor. Powering the 675 LT is the same 3.8L twin turbo V8 that is under the hood of the smaller brother, the 650 S, only in the LT power has been increased to 666hp.
What makes the 675 LT so special is actually the “LT” aspect of it, meaning “Long Tail”. It’s loosely based off the McLaren F1 Long Tail that was built as a hardcore track version of the F1. While McLaren didn’t go quite as hardcore with the 675 LT as they did on the F1, they still went through the entire car shaving any possible weight even down to the smallest of things. The windshield glass is slightly thinner that normal which sheds a few grams, the clear coat on some of the Carbon Fiber pieces was reduced to shed weight. The list goes on and on with little things that eventually add up into something special. Once all was said and done the curb weight of the 675 LT comes in at just over 2,900lbs. In comparison, it’s smaller brother the 650 S weighs in at closer to 3,200lbs with “only” 641hp. The sad part is, even if you had the money to buy one of these you can’t. They were made in very limited numbers and sold out rather quickly. Original pricing started at roughly $350,000 but almost immediately the value went up. If by some slim chance you happened to come across one it would probably cost you more than $500,000, if not more. A man can still dream though right?