A McLaren Senna has smashed the hypercar lap record at Portimao – beats the LaFerrari, 918 and P1
Remember the epic hypercar holy trinity track test at Portimao a few years ago, where the McLaren P1 came out on top?
Well its younger hypercar brother – the Senna – has come along and taken it and the other two members of the old hypercar royal family to the cleaners around the same track.
The time it sets around the Portimao circuit is a 1:48.33, smashing the 1:51.78 of the P1.
It has been classed as an unofficial lap record due to the lack of professional back-up, ratification from any authority and probably use of more basic timing equipment than is required.
Still, what's amazing is that the time the Senna has beaten is that set by a P1 in race mode (hunkered down to the track) and with extremely sticky Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tyres. That made the P1 not road legal, while the Senna apparently had 'no help from the manufacturer' and with 'no trick tyres'.
Chis Harris actually beat the P1's lap time in a modified Manthey Porsche GT2 RS, setting a 1:49.5. That makes the Senna's time even more impressive, seeing as the Manthey beast currently holds the Nürburgring lap record. That could mean that – given the chance – the Senna could take the production car lap record around the 'Ring if it kept up this sort of form.
Unless a Senna GTR makes its way to the Algarve circuit some time soon, expect only the likes of the Aston Martin Valkyrie or AMG One being able to pip the McLaren's scintillating lap time.