Just because the Ferrari 458 Speciale is special, here’s a collection of all the pics Ferrari’s media department has made available. And if you missed the collection of videos during the week which told us what the media think of this 445kW supercar then why not sit back and watch them now!
McLaren has released a teaser video informing us the P1 has broken the 7-minute barrier around the Nordschleife. But they still haven’t put their neck on the line by declaring an exact time. The video itself is very well produced and should we ever get a full lap it looks like it will be one of the best Nürburgring videos we’re likely to see.
Now, back to the lap time. Rumours have been around for a couple of months that the P1 lapped the Ring in 6 minutes 47 seconds but it has never been confirmed. Facebook is the source of the latest suggestions that the P1 has usurped the Porsche 918′s 6:57 lap by 10 seconds while running street tyres. It’s also been suggested that McLaren ran some laps on slick tyres and with the grippier rubber the P1 lapped the Ring in 6 minutes 33 seconds.
The belief is McLaren isn’t likely to have the courage to put its balls on the line until Ferrari publishes a Nürburgring time for the LaFerrari. The theory being McLaren will launch another assault on the Green Hell should the LaFezza beat its time.
The Nordschleife is currently undergoing track maintenance during the winter months so we’re going to have to wait a few more months before Ferrari can get busy.
So, once again we’re left with a publicity shy McLaren lacking the guts to stand behind its product. Even this teaser video isn’t publicly listed! Clearly, the P1 is a rip snorting car which seems to manage the balance of brutality and finesse with extraordinary success.
McLaren says the XP2R P1 prototype was driven from Woking to the Ring before posting its lap time, which works out to be an average speed in excess of 178km/h over the 20.8km circuit. Notably, when in the Race mode used to break the seven-minute barrier the car was lowered by a total of 50mm.
The footage of the P1 rocketing down in Fuchsröhre is some of the most dramatic Nürburgring film we’ve ever seen. Test driver Chris Goodwin explains the sensation: “I have only experienced acceleration like this before in a Formula 1 car. This downhill snaking section of the track is taken flat, using DRS, shifting gear all the way down to the base of the valley, and the compression that follows applies the maximum vertical g-forces to the car. The forces really load the tyres, chassis and wing, but it is taken with only a slight lift of the throttle.”
Goodwin rounds out his commentary by claiming: “Driving the McLaren P1 at this pace, on this circuit, is the most impressive driving experience I’ve ever had in any road or race McLaren, on any road or track in the world.”
When you consider Goodwin has full access to McLaren’s back catalogue of road and F1 cars he’s just being a show-off!
Was lucky enough to pickup this bootleg/radio show off eBay. Note the slightly incorrect track names and cutsom notes on the Cue/Running Sheet from the Station themselves. Anyone know how rare this item might be? Leave a comment please!
This item is a two album set distributed to radio stations by Westwood One Radio Networks featuring a live concert featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. This concert was recorded in Dallas, Texas on December 15, 1985. Both record themselves are in excellent condition and look as if it might have been played a couple of times. There is some DJ writing on the labels (see photos). Records come housed in a white generic single pocket cover. Included with the records is the original Westwood One song listing cue sheet (see photos). Stevie Ray Vaughan songs on this concert album are:
Looking Out My Window
Pride & Joy
Eric Johnson | S.R.V. (Live)
What I would give to drive this animal……..2014 911 GT3