Could there be anything more infuriating than making a million-plus-dollar investment in a vehicle like the McLaren P1, only to take it to a track and find you're unable to outrun a car that costs, without options, about 96,000 pounds ($159,000 at today's rates)?

One P1 driver experienced that sort of frustration while running Silverstone, when he tangled with a very persistent BAC Mono driver. Now, the P1 absolutely decimates the single-seat, closed-wheel track toy on the straights, while losing a lot of ground in the bends. Even on a high-speed track like Silverstone, the McLaren doesn't boast enough of an advantage to keep the Mono at bay.

As the intelligent YouTube commenters (yes, we're surprised by this too) point out, though, there could be a number of reasons why the Mono is so able to hassle and pass the P1. First, it's quite clear that the BAC driver knows the circuit far better than the McLaren pilot, as evidenced by his lines, particularly through Stowe and the Club/Vale complex (this could be chalked up, as one commenter says, to the lead car driving with his mirrors). The BAC is probably running a more aggressive tire than the P1, which in turn appears to be handicapping itself by not running its most aggressive aero setup. Finally, remember that the McLaren is a fully street-legal vehicle, full of safety gear and crash-worthiness as required by law.

Still, the fact that this relatively affordable track toy is able to hound and pass one of the world's premier performance machines is a particularly impressive feat. Take a look at the video to see what we mean.


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      autophiliac
      • 3 Months Ago


      It's a track day, not a race.
      Who cares who passes who?
      That's like winning at Gym Class.

        Knolly
        • 3 Months Ago
        @autophiliac

        At a recent motorcycle track day I knew the guy running the riders meeting.  When he mentioned "You cannot win a track day," I got a dirty look for saying "Not with that attitude."

      BipDBo
      • 3 Months Ago

      For the $1,150,000 price tag of the P1, I'd much rather have a BAC Mono, a trailer, a nice truck to haul the trailer, a bunch of sets of tires, money for track fees, college tuition for my kids, and a decent house with garage on a water front lot, oh, and a sailboat.

        Bernard
        • 3 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        I would have said:  BAC Mono, a trailer, a nice truck to haul the trailer, a bunch of sets of tires, money for track fees, and *racing lessons so that I would know how to drive the thing.*
        Not that the other things aren't nice, they just aren't on topic.
      Sean
      • 3 Months Ago
      The Mono driver is in another league on that track. The P1's line was off; early braking, late acceleration. He lost a lot of time on exit and entry, vehicular differences aside.
        superlightv12
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Sean

        Maybe he's just out there to drive it fast? Why push the limits and wreck a $1 million dollar car, just for the ego boost? The only prize in this race was enjoyment. I tracked my old C5 and was passed by cars that I could easily out run, but it was just for fun and I didn't want to deal with any off the track damage that might occur. It was a winning day for me because I got to do it.

      Chris O.
      • 3 Months Ago

      As has been previously mentioned, there's a massive gap in driver skill and knowledge of the track.  That said, it's absolutely amazing how fast the P1 is when at full acceleration.

      mhart27
      • 3 Months Ago

      So the lighter car with stickier tires did better in the corners?  In other news water is still wet. 

        Steve K
        • 3 Months Ago
        @mhart27

        The mono is on full street tires and the P1 is actually on semi-slicks.

          Alex
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Steve K

          Absolutely wrong.  Oliver's Mono is on slicks and the P1 is on full street tires (Pirelli P Zero Corsas).  Worn ones in fact

          mhart27
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Steve K
          According to the comments on YouTube, you're right. 
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Months Ago

      What a great video. It's amazing to watch the P1 just vanish on the straightaways. I don't think the P1 driver was driving it to it's potential, but still fun watch.

      typhoon5000
      • 3 Months Ago

      That's like when I chased down a McLaren MP4-12C at a track day in my 2012 Mustang GT Track Pak (on slicks) simply because the McLaren driver was def not pushing his car 100% around the corners. Neither was the Porsche Turbo Racecar(!) in front of me that I was finally able to pass. Of Course the McLAren hit the pits as soon as I caught up to him :-\. Here's the vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRQabjh8zjc

      Steve K
      • 3 Months Ago

      The Mono driver (Oliver Webb) knows what he's doing and the P1 driver is a hack.  The P1 isn't even in race mode (notice the low rear wing).  The P1 driver misses every apex too.

        StephenT
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Steve K

        It's like the P1 is in Sightseeing Mode while the Mono is in Full Attack. But the P1 turning into a small speck on Hangar Straight was impressive.

        Haelphadreous
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Steve K

        Yeah the P1 driver is taking terrible lines, a better driver and the BAC would not be catching up like that.

        bgruia
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Steve K

        From the way the Mono accelerates late out of every corner, I would say its driver was more interested in checking out the P1, rather than racing and overtaking it.

      Jeremiah R.
      • 3 Months Ago

      Wow, the P1 left the Mono like it was standing still, it wasn't even fair. "Tormented"? Hardly.

      123 Kid
      • 3 Months Ago

      Production vs track only go kart, lets see the BAC keep up up on the highway on a rainy day

      Clay
      • 3 Months Ago

      Tormented? Okay, maybe. Ask him how tormented he felt when he drove it home and parked it in his garage, while the BAC stayed at the track.

      Alex
      • 3 Months Ago

      It truly is fascinating how much a site like Autoblog comes to conclusions on a simple video like this. 


      The owner of the P1 and the owner of the BAC Mono are VERY good drivers and good friends.  The P1 wasn't racing, it was merely there to get some good shots of the car out on the track.  The reason why he's keeping such a ridiculous inside line almost everywhere is to stay in the camera shot.


      That's why the P1 was in track rather than race mode, and it was also on worn street tires whereas Oliver's Mono had new slicks on. 

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