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  • Sep 6, 2013
McLaren has been doing a lot more with its P1 hypercar than just lending it to Jay Leno and renting out the Top Gear test track. The Brits have shipped the monstrous hybrid over to the American Southwest for dedicated hot weather testing and a few laps at some of the local race tracks (as seen here, we think they're at the Streets of Willow Springs, feel free to correct us in Comments).

Besides actively trying to get the P1 to overheat (what must it be like to try and break a million-dollar hypercar?), McLaren brought video and photography crews to catch the first footage of their car on the road and without camouflage. And what of those photos and videos? They're outstanding. Take a look below for the full clip of on-road and track footage and then click over and check out the gallery of images from the trip.
DEVELOPMENT TESTING FOR THE McLAREN P1™ REACHES BOILING POINT AS PRODUCTION NEARS

Sep 5, 2013

McLaren P1™ development shown in extreme desert heat as programme nears completion
First dynamic footage of the production-intent car, without camouflage
Customer deliveries set to commence as McLaren continues 50th anniversary celebrations


The testing programme for the McLaren P1™ has continued at a relentless pace throughout the summer, and in the latest short film from McLaren Automotive, the production-intent McLaren P1™ is shown testing in some of the harshest and most challenging conditions. With first deliveries scheduled in the coming weeks, the development team have been pushing the limits of the car to further extremes across North America, in some of the hottest and most arid conditions on the planet.

Finished all in Carbon Black, the sleek and menacing-looking McLaren P1™ is captured on the road undisguised for the first time, working through a number of final durability tests before the first of the limited run of 375 models is delivered to customers. The extreme temperature testing saw the McLaren P1™ pushed to the limits, experiencing heat in excess of 52°C / 126°F through Arizona, California and Nevada, as the western coast of America experienced some of the hottest temperatures on record.

The McLaren P1™ is the culmination of 50 years of race-winning technology and expertise, and is proudly described as 'everything the company has ever done'. From the outset, the goal for the McLaren P1™ was clear: to be the best driver's car on road and track. For this reason, the hot weather testing programme has not been confined only to the challenging road surfaces of America's west coast, as the team push the boundaries of all systems and components on track in blistering heat.

Throughout the hot weather testing phase, and the development programme as a whole, McLaren Automotive has worked closely with its technical partners to develop and engineer bespoke products and solutions for a car that challenges what has been produced previously, redefining the boundaries for high performance cars. Through close collaboration with Akebono and Pirelli, the levels of performance and capabilities of the McLaren P1™ are optimised. The bespoke braking system and tyres are among the most advanced of any road car ever produced.

September is the 50th anniversary of McLaren, and will see the first deliveries of the McLaren P1™ commencing in the coming weeks as celebrations continue.

This final extreme test can be viewed and embedded at the official McLaren Automotive YouTube channel –http://youtu.be/yV2pEXK_zIM.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not usually the type to go for a blacked out car as I feel its overused and kinda boring. Most cars just tend to look like black blocks of metal with no definition of the design left (just google image "murdered out mercedes" to see what I mean). This, however, I think looks amazing in all black partly because the body has enough shapes to keep the design interesting even when it's all one tone and also because I'm not really a fan of the large black contrasted bumper that you see on the colored models. McLaren should give the P1 the option to have the front bumper and side panels colored in.
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      and, unlike Veyron, this actually looks amazing
      sartana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another cool video ruined with generic action music obscuring the engine sounds. It\'s the roar of the engine we want to hear, not your lame music.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car actually looks really good. Not sure why they decided to ruin the design with the hideous yellow/black or orange/black two-tone paintwork.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was not sold on this car at first, but damn if it is not just menacing and amazing in all black. Batmobile worthy.
      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unbelievable vehicle. Personally, I think it looks badass in every color. Can't wait for the P1 vs LaFerrari vs 918 comparos.
        ShiftItManual
        • 1 Year Ago
        @neilyadig
        I'm looking forward to see how all of them will stack up against the Pagani Huayra.
          neilyadig
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ShiftItManual
          word. any other hypercars I didn't mention that are on those 4 level?
      bouljf
      • 1 Year Ago
      You’d think the McLaren engineers being the perfectionists they are would invent some sort of laptop mounting bracket for the poor guy trying to work at the 1:30 mark.
      Drizzy
      • 1 Year Ago
      BTW, I think Drew's shots of the Lambo Veneno posted earlier today are better. They took me back to the Vector W2 poster I had on my wall in Jr. High. The one of the P1 parked on the track obviously "stanced" in race mode, though. So sick.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brilliant car. McLaren are now exciting us constantly on the world stage.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yep, that's the big track. Streets is much smaller and more technical. And I don't know where they got 126 degrees; about the place I know that gets that hot on a fairly regular basis is Death Valley (where almost everyone does their hot weather testing), and that didn't look like it.
      AmericanPetrolHead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks great and sounds great. How can this be so beautiful, attractive or even sinful looking and the 12c can be so clearly designed with nothing but a calculator and a wind-tunnel!?
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      That 7th pic with it parked on the track is unbelievably gorgeous.
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