We've heard engine noise from the McLaren P1 before, most recently from its run up the hill at Goodwood, and when McLaren F1 driver Sergio Perez lapped the Top Gear test track. But those sound clips have been from inside the cabin, and while plenty throaty, rather sedate.

Not this time. Although it's only 25 seconds long, someone managed to get next to the tarmac at the Nürburgring while the P1 was practicing a strafing run. A 3.8-liter V8, two turbos and an electric motor can fire 903 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque from behind the driver's cabin, and it sounds like almost all of it is being employed. Ladies and gentlemen, a brand new sound has entered the world of supercars.

And in case you were wondering, no, the P1 isn't slow. You can hear how she runs in the video below.


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      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds good for sure. But nothing like the mouth watering sound of the LFA
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I for one LOVE the sound. I think the snarly turbo cross-plane V8 actually makes this much MORE distinct, considering all of it's peers are V12 powered. And I love turbo whistle. This exhaust note reminds me a lot of the Noble M600, another ridicuoulsy glorious sounding vehicle. And holy balls, that thing is FAST. Like a Group C car for the street. It messes with your perceptions watching something move like that.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Agree with others, the Carrera GT and the LFA sound miles better. It is not bad though.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      The sound i dont care about. But the way it dissapered has got me shocked
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't sound like doc's Delorean as I ve hoped
      Raphymartinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      sounds beautiful to me
      • 1 Year Ago
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      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm totally IN!
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it, it has a unique sound like the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro LMP1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKIc1BcWDlM
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol sounds totally unremarkable, no idea what you guys are on about. Completely muffled and boring.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could listen to that all day.
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Last time I recalled that turbo V8 chewed up and spit out the V12 in the 458.
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