There’s no doubt that the McLaren 600LT is a very fast supercar, but surely it cannot beat a Porsche 911 GT2 RS around a racetrack, right?
To find out, Motorsport Magazine pitted the two against each other at the Magny-Cours circuit in France and set about seeing which can lap a difficult circuit the fastest.
The 911 GT2 RS hit the track first as the firm favorite. Not only is the GT2 RS the record holder for production cars around the Nurburgring, but it also holds a number of other production car records at racetracks around the world.
Motorsport Magazine initially lapped the circuit on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and set a time of 1:48.74. While that’s fast, it’s nothing compared to the 1:47.16 which was recorded in the same GT2 RS on a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs.
As for the McLaren 600LT, it was able to record a best lap time of 1:48.39, slightly ahead of the GT2 RS with its Cup 2 tires. However, it’s worth pointing out that the McLaren was running on Pirelli Trofeo Rs, which provide far superior grip than the Michelins.
Due to the tire differences, it’s impossible to really crown a winner as the time differences likely all come down to the rubber. If the two were fitted with the same tires, we’d be able to get a more representative head-to-head of the duo.
Even so, it’s hard to not admire the work McLaren has put into the 600LT that has resulted in it punching above its weight and taking the fight to one of the finest supercars available right now.