Chris’s unbridled, unfiltered enthusiasm for his work shines through in all of his auto reviews. Well, where and when the car involved evokes such a reaction anyways.
His latest work is perhaps his best yet, and involves the three most hyped cars of the last decade.
How Chris was able to convince the three manufacturers to take part in the group test that no esteemed auto publication in the world could pull off, we’re not sure. But convince he did, and the result is as epic as you would expect.
MinimumTread visitors know our partiality to all things tires, and so we were enthused to see the rubber involved in the test take center stage.
For the fast laps both the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari were fitted with the sticky Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. First the McLaren P1 set the fastest lap overall on its standard Pirelli P Zero Corsa System tire, then blitzed the other two contestants by about around two seconds once fitted with the P Zero Trofeo R. (An improvement of 1.8 seconds going from P Zero Corsa to P Zero Trofeo R.)
Tires folks, they make a huge difference…
Chris was particularly diplomatic about the result – even noting the P1’s P Zero Trofeo R time as a secondary data point on screen – and also explained that the P1’s lowered, track ride height setting no doubt contributed to its superior lap time. (Reportedly both Porsche and Ferrari were keen to point that out as well.)
We say the hypercar game isn’t FIA regulated, and it should be argued that McLaren’s decision to build the track ride height into the P1 was fair play; simply a superior engineering decision. Put another way, if Porsche and Ferrari were to redesign and rebuild their respective hypercars, would they consider a secondary “track” ride height? Decisamente...
As the drivers rightly point out at the conclusion of the video, there are no losers in this test, but from a manufacturer perspective Woking likely feels best about the outcome.
Remember when journalists and enthusiasts sneered and jeered about McLaren remaining coy about their Nurburgring lap time? Guess there was never any sound basis to doubt that sub-7 minute lap after all.
All enthusiasts owe a debt of gratitude to these three cars. They’ve formed a crucial nexus between hybrid tech and performance, and secured the viability of the performance car for the foreseeable future. (Unless things get too crazy.) To have them all showcased in a video like this is only appropriate.