McLaren Senna’s Laguna Seca Lap Record Falls—to the Czinger 21C

It’s a good day for the dozen or so individuals who keep tabs on record lap times at Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas, California, as the crown for fastest recorded lap time for a production car around the more than 60-year-old race track rests on the roof of a new contender. That’s right, raise a toast to the Czinger 21C, which driver Joel Miller piloted around the approximately 2.2-mile course in one minute and 25.44 seconds, a time that betters the prior record-setting lap, which MotorTrend‘s own Randy Pobst set in a McLaren Senna, by 2.18 seconds.

Wait, you don’t know what a Czinger 21C is? Well, then, let us enlighten you. The Czinger 21C is a hybrid hypercar that relies on a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-8 engine and three electric motors (one coupled to the engine and two at each front wheel) to produce a peak combined output of more than 1,200 hp. 

With its seven-speed sequentially automated manual gearbox helping channel a good deal of that grunt to the rear wheels, the 21C is capable of scooting to 62 mph in a manufacturer claimed 1.9 seconds, through the quarter mile after 8.1 ticks, and on to a top speed of 281 mph (with its low-drag configuration, that is). Of course, it helps that the Los Angeles, California-built 21C is a relatively lightweight machine, too, with a dry weight of 2,756 pounds. Not too shabby for a car with three electric motors and a 2.8-kWh battery pack onboard. 

With only 80 of these mean machines earmarked for production, the 21C is a rare and (at nearly $2,000,000) very expensive machine. Regardless, we wager Randy hopes to get back to Laguna to try and reclaim the production-car lap-record crown.

Hey, McLaren, how about lending our hot shoe a Speedtail for a day of lapping Laguna Seca? We can think of a dozen or so people who’d love to see a cat and mouse game between McLaren and Czinger—or, well, any other car—for the track’s lap record crown.

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