The McLaren P1 is one of my personal favorite cars currently on the planet. Something about its sinister looks and hybrid technology producing just over 900hp that just does it for me. When McLaren decided they were going to make an even more hardcore track-only, P1 GTR, that would increase power up to 986hp it didn’t seem as if the car could get any better. But that changed when Lanzante Motorsports stepped in and introduced the P1 LM at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The LM is simply a road-legal version of the P1 GTR, which means it still has the 986hp engine, only now it will produce that off pump gas where the GTR required something a little stronger. It was reported all Lanzante needed to do was increase the boost put out by the twin turbo setup but I’m sure it was far more difficult than that. They didn’t stop there though, by making a few small changes like removing the air jack system that would automatically jack up the car when pulled in for a pit stop, they were able to shed roughly 130lbs off the extremely lightweight GTR. As an homage to the old F1, the entire engine bay was lined with gold. Only six examples of the P1 LM will be made at an estimated cost just under $4 million.
One thing that makes the LM so special is that it also has the same aero package that the GTR has. Meaning there is significantly more downforce and traction available and all that was put to the test at the recent running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Behind the wheel of the brand new P1 LM, Swedish driver Kenny Brack set a record run for a road-legal car up the 1.1-mile course of just 47.07 seconds. This was actually the second fastest run of the entire festival, even beating multiple cars that are purpose built for this type of racing, and most definitely not street legal. The quickest run went to a highly modified Subaru Impreza WRX STI producing 780hp at 46.29 seconds. To finish just over a half second behind a car that was built to be the fastest car on that specific track really goes to show how incredible the P1 LM really is. Check out this record run by the P1 LM with a very lucky, albeit talented as well, Kenny Brack behind the wheel of this beautiful car.
Here is the record run but the Subaru and Olly Clark.