McMurtry Spéirling annihilates Hockenheim lap record

21st June 2024
Simon Ostler

A version of the McMurtry Spéirling fan car that set the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard alight in 2022 has just set another new record at Hockenheim. The Spéirling ‘Pure’, currently running at around 75 per cent of its full potential, lapped in a time of 1:24.43, the fastest lap ever set by a closed wheel car.

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McMurtry test driver and current Festival of Speed Timed Shootout record holder Max Chilton beat the previous fastest effort, a 1:28.337 set by Rene Rast in an Audi RS5 Turbo DTM during qualifying for the 2020 DTM Hockenheim round, by 3.9 seconds.

The record time was set during a two-day event where a handful of lucky people could experience the McMurtry Spéirling in full flow. This ‘Pure’ version is a validation test car for a planned production model based on the prototype that set a 39.08-second record at the Festival of Speed.

Its huge fan delivers ‘downforce-on-demand’ that can suck the car into the ground even when it’s standing still, and works alongside an electric motor producing in excess of 1,000PS (735kW). It was impressive in 2022, and if anything, it looks even more spectacular on a race track as it carries unbelievable speeds into the corners.

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McMurtry is planning to push the thresholds of the Spéirling Pure’s power and downforce towards 100 per cent potential over the next year or so, we’ll keep an eye out to see just how much quicker this incredible car can go.

It’s already available to order, and once all testing has been completed Spéirlings will start being delivered to some very lucky customers, who will have the opportunity to experience this record-breaking car for themselves.

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