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Watch A McLaren Senna Absolutely Thunder Through A Record-Setting Lap At VIR

It looks insane because it’s insanely fast.
It looks insane because it’s insanely fast.
Screenshot: Car And Driver

To make sure Car and Driver set a “representative” lap in the Senna, McLaren brought pro driver Andre D’Cruze to the magazine’s “Lightning Lap” event. Yet it was the magazine’s testing director K.C. Colwell that set a record-breaking lap time, circling Virginia International Raceway in 2:34.9.

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For reference, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS—the previous record holder—was 2.9 seconds slower, a McLaren 600LT Spider was 6.7 seconds slower and a Porsche 918 Spyder was a full 8.2 seconds slower around the same track in C/D’s testing.

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The whole thing was recorded and uploaded to C/D’s YouTube channel and looks genuinely violent. The $964,966 car is frighteningly quick through the corners, maintaining an average pace of 134.5 mph and topping out at 172.9 mph on a straightaway.

Car and Driver had a lot of great cars at Lightning Lap this year, so it’s worth checking out the full list of contenders that includes everything from the Senna and Porsche 911 GT3 RS to the Lamborghini Urus and Hyundai Veloster N.

Mack Hogan is Jalopnik's Weekend Editor, but you may know him from his role as CNBC's car critic or his brave (and maligned) takes on Twitter. Most people agree that you shouldn't listen to him.

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DISCUSSION

the1969dodgechargerguy
the 1969 Dodge Charger Guy

You spend a million bucks and you can go buku fast around a race track.... So what?

I’m more impressed by the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N, a $30K car, doing the lap in 3:07.7. Nearly 33 seconds slower, sure, but it cost 33 times less money.

And I’d bet if you were behind the wheel of the Veloster on the track, your heart would be twice as high in your throat compared to driving the Senna since the Hyundai wouldn’t be as “dialed in” for the lap. IE: it’d be more dangerous, therefore more exciting—like heart attack-causing exciting.

Bang-for-the-buck is best.