Let's get one thing straight - we don't just watch Top Gear for the powerslides or the antics of its three hosts, we watch it for the cars, and the way TG's crack film team makes said cars look. Put in the simplest terms possible, Top Gear has the chops to elevate its reviews a form of art. It's easy to forget when watching the finished product, though, that those gorgeous films wouldn't be possible if it weren't for a car, some cameras and a set.

Knowing that, this video is quite interesting. It's a behind-the-scenes look at TG's review of the McLaren P1, one of the three hybrid hypercars that's burst onto the automotive scene this year. It's for the upcoming season (or series, as our friends in the UK call it) of Top Gear, and will see Jeremy Clarkson tackle the legendary Spa Francorchamps where, naturally, it's raining. The video shows both a blacked-out Mercedes-Benz ML-Class - rather than TG's traditional Range Rover - and a helicopter, attempting to keep up with the black P1.

And while this is behind the scenes, it doesn't seem very official, so don't expect any commentary from Clarkson or the rest of the TG team (although you can hear the Jezza's yammering at the start of the video). As for the car, if you've watched Clarkson's Twitter, you'll have seen, in between his complaints about Americans and having to travel to Belgium, this gem about the new P1:
Scroll down below to have a look at the full video.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy shyte, that helicopter pilot was insane. TG needs to do an hour long episode: P1 vs. 918 vs. LaFerrari.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic sound of that engine!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow... what a machine. Gotta hit the brakes and let the camera car catch up.
      Michele Ferrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks incredible but that drift was pretty horrendous, guess the laFerrari will be a bit better on that level :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      amazing. always want to see how Top Gear gets their shots. they should do a behind the scenes compilation. the P1 looks awesome from every angle, even top down (2:45).
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lord, you know I don't ask you for much, I mean is it too much for you to let me win the Powerball, and date Mila Kunis and Miranda Kerr at the same time? I think not.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward to the head-to-head with the other two hyper-mega-cars. After the video finishes, there are a host of other related videos that pop up. All good.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's interesting to see how Top Gear gets the shots. The McLaren is awesome!
      • 1 Year Ago
      "It would have been better if it wasn't a hybrid!" /sarcasm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Flat out into eau rouge, Alonso style. http://blog.axisofoversteer.com/2013/08/three-amazing-moves-alonso-pulled-off.html?m=1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The thing I like about these types of videos is that it shows just how much work goes into making the productions that they can put together. It's not a 20 minutes of video makes a great 3 minute piece, it takes hours of filming then many more hours of editing just to make a small segment. I wish there were behind the scenes for everything.
      Neutral President
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good lord, that SOUNDTRACK! Glorious.
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