You’ve got to hand it to McLaren. Not only do they build some deliciously vicious road cars, they also produce some suitably serious videos to promo their next motor – the 903bhp P1 hypercar. Just released is this video of one of the development drivers putting the P1 through its chilly paces on a snow and ice racetrack, on the Arctic Circle no less. We get to see some lairy drifts, backed up by the whopping growl of the twin-turbo V8 powerplant. It really is rather pleasant.
McLaren want their new P1 to be ‘the best driver’s car in the world on road and track’, and while this might be a bold claim indeed, it seems that the McLaren company culture is deeply inspired by bossman Ron Dennis, a chap who’s famous for getting what he wants. Well, if the P1 lives up to the marketing speak, the 375 people who will get to own one of the around-£1million big Macs will be in for a serious treat. They better bring their driving A-game.
The 903bhp P1 uses the 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol motor from the MP4-12c, but with extra turbo boost for super-serious-shove, as well as the latest in hybrid electric motor tech to reduce emissions (a bit!) and to bring that instant, turbo-lag-beating acceleration that electric motors do so well. Yes, lots of carbon, billet aluminium and leather, too.
The testing cycle for the new P1 is nearly finished – they’re just chipping the icicles off the rear diffuser as we speak! – and then we’ll start to see her in the carbon-flesh as the public displays of power-perfection begin, most notably at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer. Imagine this thing going up the torturous Goodwood hill at full tilt? The F1 cars are already shaking in their Pirelli boots!
By Dan Anslow