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When the McMurtry Spéirling was revealed to the public around two years ago, it immediately captured the hearts of motorsport fans around the world. Even with it being an electric car, it seemed to not matter thanks to its compact dimensions. It’s like a small and fast car is allowed to be electric, like a toy. It’s far from a toy though, it’s one of the featest cars on the planet and it makes use of an old technology that was banned from motorsport before it was given a chance to be perfected - fans for downforce. It's the first fan car to be seen in competition for literally decades and it's stupidly quick. A pair of electric motors power it, it has a top speed limited to 240 km/h (150 mph), has 1,000 hp of power, can generate 2,000 kg of downforce from a standstill and can hit 100 km/h in just 1.4 seconds. It’s a full carbon fibre car, seats one driver and is one of the coolest-looking cars seen in years. The first incarnation seen was the competition version of the car, but a few months after the little car went to a few famous racetracks to collect records, a production version was created, and it went by the name of the McMurtry Spéirling PURE hyper-track car. This version was more customer-centric and had different finishings to the development car that really didn’t look like a development car anyway. It was basically smoothed over and given a new lick of paint to make the wealthy types who can afford one feel like they’re in something worth the money. The development car has the record of being the fastest car ever up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s the first commercially available sealed fan car, is the fastest-accelerating production car with a 0-100 km/h time of 1.4 seconds and is the fastest production car over the quarter mile with a time of 7.97 seconds. There’s more now though, the production version has now started heading to racetracks and it will turn into a case of visit track, break records. At a recent customer day held at the Hockenheimring F1, things got really fast, as McMurtry reports:

“On June 7th and 8th, the Spéirling PURE (Validation Prototype 1) fan car was presented to track-driving customers at the Hockenheimring F1 circuit over two days. The car was showcased in both shared and exclusive sessions during the Dörr Group Track Day. The shared sessions involved other track-focused and race cars. The Dörr Group organised two dedicated McMurtry sessions so that guests could experience the fan car’s performance without interruption. To build further anticipation, the local timekeepers set up a laser lap timer on the start-finish straight. On June 8th, 2024, with the car running at 75% power and 75% downforce, it achieved a lap time of 1.24.43 on the 2.842-mile F1 circuit. This was verified by independent timekeepers and driven by former F1 driver Max Chilton, who is also the record holder at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This lap time was 14.1 seconds faster than the exclusive track-focused hypercar, the Mercedes-AMG One, achieved in 2022. Additionally, it was 3.907 seconds faster than the DTM qualifying time in 2020, making it the fastest closed-wheel car ever around Hockenheimring. The McMurtry Spéirling PURE is a hyper-track car available for order worldwide. It utilises a unique downforce-on-demand system to provide exceptional downforce and grip right from 0mph. This system works alongside the 1000bhp electric powertrain, offering selectable performance drive modes from GT3 to F1-level pace. Max Chilton, the test driver, expressed that showcasing the car at busy track events is always special. He mentioned feeling the atmosphere and excitement as he drove the car through famous bends at Hockenheim, experiencing sensations similar to when he raced there in F1 10 years ago. Chilton added, “The Speirling PURE is a great way for track drivers to experience the same thing.” Thomas Yates, Managing Director of McMurtry Automotive, mentioned that guests at the Dörr Group Track Day were intrigued to learn about the story behind fan cars and the future for track drivers who own them. He expressed gratitude to Dörr Group and Hockenheim for hosting the event and stated that achieving another record is a significant milestone for McMurtry’s team and customers to be proud of. Further record attempts will be made throughout the world in 2024 and 2025, as the test programme moves towards the 100% power and 100% downforce settings.”

Take a look at the YouTube video showing how a small electric fan car obliterates the closed-wheel track record at the well-known Hockenheim circuit in Germany: TRACK RECORD - Fastest EVER closed wheel lap at Hockenheim - McMurtry Spéirling PURE fan car | McMurtry Automotive

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