As the saying goes, it ain’t a party until something gets broken, and Mc Laren just kicked off the festivities. During a durability test run on Germany’s Nürburgring circuit, an MP4-12C prototype lost control and impacted a roadside barrier. According to reports, the car was damaged but repairable, and the unnamed test driver walked away without injury. It isn’t know if the crash was caused by track conditions, driver error or mechanical failure.
According to Pistonheads, McLaren denies that the run was an attempt to set a lap record on the Nürburgring. The current lap record stands at 6:48.00, set by a Radical SR8LM. The Radical is essentially a hand-built, quasi-road-legal race car; if you look at production cars, the fastest title goes to a Gumpert Apollo Speed (7:11.57), a Donkervoort D8 RS (7:14.89) or a Porsche 997 GT2 RS (7:18.00). Will McLaren launch an attempt at the record to promote the MP4-12C? The answer is most likely yes, but not until they’re confident of beating the competition.