Here’s how McLaren describes the entire exercise. This particular McLaren P1, designated the XP2R clothed in the Supernova Silver shade was driven 390 miles from Woking, England to the Nürburgring where it was put in ‘Race Mode’ which raised the active rear wing by 300mm, dropped the ride height by 50mm and stiffened Race Active Chassis Control suspension system by 300 percent!
The McLaren P1 is powered by a twin turbo V8 that churns out 737PS which coupled with the 179PS electric motor generates a generous peak power of 916PS. The McLaren P1 topped out on Döttinger Höhe straight at 330kph just 20kph shy of what it’s capable of. The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is 20.8 kilometeres long, which McLaren says translates to an average of 178 km/h on a track with the most challenging corners.
McLaren has some other interesting facts too. A gear change was made on average every six seconds. The DRS system, which tilts the rear wing from 29° to 0° enabling the McLaren P1 to slip through air like, well, knife through butter was activated seven times, over nearly a tenth of the track distance. The DRS is activated with a button on the steering wheel.