McLaren P1 heads to the Arctic Circle for a final round of testing [video]

First deliveries scheduled for later this year

With deliveries scheduled to occur later this year, McLaren is wrapping up the development of the P1 supercar.

To highlight the lengths the company has gone to, McLaren has released a new video that shows the car cold weather testing in the Arctic Circle. McLaren also confirmed it is just one of several prototypes that are being tested, across the globe, to ensure everything is perfect before the model is launched.

As we have previously reported, the McLaren P1 features a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine and an electronic motor that develops 179 HP (132 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm). This setup enables the car to have a combined maximum output of 916 HP (674 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque, which enables it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than three seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).

Production will be limited to 375 units and pricing starts at £866,000 ($1,340,740 / €1,025,545).

Source: McLaren
Published May 1st, 2013 2:00am By Michael Gauthier


  • Durability and development testing carried out in the extreme conditions of the
  • Arctic Circle
  • McLaren P1™ to feature at the 2013 Goodwood festival of Speed
  • Short, high definition video showing the McLaren P1™ testing can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/Hb_6pNFqqNA

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.

The testing schedule continues at pace, with XP prototypes running extensively across the globe, working to optimise the groundbreaking systems and technologies which have been borne of 50 years of race-winning knowledge and expertise.

The culmination of this testing and infamous McLaren attention to detail will be showcased over the summer, when the McLaren P1™ will publicly demonstrate the power available from the mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and highly effective electric motor which generate 916PS, with a number of dynamic displays. As plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations for McLaren continue, it has also been confirmed that the latest model from McLaren Automotive will feature as part of the planned activities at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This latest stage in the rigorous testing process for the McLaren P1™ has been captured in the short film which can be viewed here – www.youtube.com/McLarenAutomotiveTV.

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IGoSlow IGoSlow
Race the ferrari already!
May 1st, 2013 1:14pm
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