The lunatic McLaren P1 LM made its first public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend and promptly blizted the road car record on the hillclimb. With Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack at the wheel, it set an astonishing time of 47.07secs, crossing the line at 130mph. As debuts go, that’s quite a good one.
Indeed, that time was the second fastest of the day, only 0.84secs behind Olly Clark in his purpose-built ‘Gobstopper II’ Subaru Impreza. The Nissan GT-R Nismo previously held the road car record, Jann Mardenborough stopping the clocks at 49.27secs in 2014.
Nick Heidfeld holds the all-time record, setting a time of 41.60secs in 1999, in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 F1 car. Contemporary/recent F1 cars aren’t allowed to do timed runs any more for safety reasons. Though in 2006 Heikki Kovalainen drove a Renault R25 up the hill and was unofficially timed somewhere below the 40-second mark.
Anyway, you can watch Brack’s run in the McLaren up top and Clark’s winning climb below. And at the bottom is a five-minute display of Brack’s superhuman car control, wrestling a wild bucking bronco of a Ford GT40 around a damp Goodwood race circuit. While somehow staying on the racing line. And going significantly quicker than everyone else. But he never changes gear. Well, watch it and tell me if you’d want to take your hand off the wheel.
By Only Motors