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McLaren P1 claws its way around the Arctic Circle (Video)

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On: Fri, May 3, 2013 at 9:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren P1 claws its way around the Arctic Circle (Video)

The McLaren P1 is one of those supercars that is just fun to look at, especially when it's in action. Unfortunately, McLaren didn't see fit to bring it to the New York Auto Show for us American folks to see in person. So we'll just have to be content watching it carve its signature into the snow and ice of northern Europe.

McLaren premiered the P1, the successor to the one-time fastest car in the world, at the Paris Motor Show last year but waited until this winter, just before the Geneva Motor Show, to provide the details about its powertrain and specs. Its new flagship drips in carbon fiber-injected technology, from its 903-bhp hybrid powertrain to its edgy, super-aerodynamic exterior design. It's no wonder we gawk at it every chance that we get and were disappointed when it wasn't hiding behind the MP4-12Cs in New York.

Unlike the original McLaren supercar—the F1—the P1 doesn't have world speed ambitions. McLaren designed it as an overall performance machine and was more interested in having it perform around curves and dips instead of hit some predetermined number on a straight line. Still, its 217 mph top speed is plenty fast. On the way to that speed, the car will hit 62 mph in under 3 seconds, 124 mph in under 7 seconds and 186 mph in 17 seconds.

If your fingers still need teasing to navigate toward the play button, McLaren introduces the video: "With only a few months remaining until the first deliveries will be made to just 375 customers, the development programme for the McLaren P1 continues to accelerate as it nears its end. This extensive work is being carried out to ensure that the McLaren P1 delivers on the target of being ‘the best driver’s car in the world on road and track’…or a frozen lake, for that matter. As part of durability testing, the development team recently travelled with the McLaren P1 to the dramatic frozen landscapes of the Arctic Circle, in northern Sweden. Here, the car was put through its paces and tested to the extremes, in some of the most hostile and toughest conditions on the planet."

McLaren plans to publicly demonstrate the P1 this summer. It will build just 375 examples and expect $1.15 million in exchange for each one.


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