McLaren P1 undergoing final testing, first deliveries to begin soon [video]

Model is being tested in the American southwest

McLaren has released the first footage of the production-intent P1 without camouflage.

In the clip, the highly-anticipated supercar is shown undergoing final testing in Arizona, California and Nevada. While temperatures exceeded 126°F (52°C), McLaren says they have worked closely with their 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."

As a refresher, the P1 has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine and an electronic motor that develops 179 HP (132 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. This enables the supercar to have a combined maximum output of 916 HP (674 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque which allows 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).

The first McLaren P1 deliveries are scheduled to occur in the coming weeks and the model is reportedly reaching sellout status.

Source: McLaren
Published Sep 5th, 2013 6:00pm By Michael Gauthier


  • 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
  • Short, high definition video showingthe McLaren P1™ testing can be viewed and embedded at:http://youtu.be/yV2pEXK_zIM

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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Comments (18)

HighRevs HighRevs
The McLaren logo shaped headlights are a cool way to market the brand
Sep 12th, 2013 8:11pm
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
I would love to see this thing head to head with a Mclaren f1
Sep 6th, 2013 4:29am
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memexe memexe
Wow! Big, nice Toyota banners on a McLaren promo clip! This car should have a more clever and refined promo.
Sep 6th, 2013 12:41am
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miladjuckel miladjuckel
i bet this will take the la ferrari all day!
Sep 6th, 2013 12:26am
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HermanCampbell HermanCampbell
Times like this Im really reminded why it sucks to not be filthy rich. Balls Busted
Sep 5th, 2013 11:13pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Black is the color for this car, especially since it hides the hideous smile.
Sep 5th, 2013 10:38pm
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RobERob RobERob
Personally, I prefer the P-1's factory paint scheme, regardless of color. However, I think all the fanfare of it in black really has to do with it giving off the impression that it's painted one solid continuos color, without it's two tone carbon fiber bumper/doors exposed. Just out of curiosity, top to bottom, I'd sort of like to see how it'd look in classic McLaren orange.
Sep 5th, 2013 8:59pm
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spoedvraat spoedvraat
Raw carbon fibre wil be a £100k plus option...think this car has that finnish
Sep 7th, 2013 8:04am
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RSA169 RSA169
Why is the marketing so American-centric? Testing in Arizona? Giving the 1st test drive (outside McLaren) to Jay Leno?
Sep 5th, 2013 7:48pm
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Naturally Aspirated Naturally Aspirated
Arizona is one of the extreme hot places on earth which proves the car reliability in this climate.. Jay Leno is a petrol head and also one of the first customers to order the P1 so I guess it makes sense
Sep 5th, 2013 10:23pm
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HermanCampbell HermanCampbell
Arizona is one of hottest places on earth can Leno is The Car Guy
Sep 5th, 2013 11:11pm
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spoedvraat spoedvraat
Probably because Jay ordered one.I hear some customers ordered multiple cars,with one Sheikh ordering 3 and still not even a sell out. Meanwhile over in Maranello all LaFerraris has been spoken for a while back already...
Sep 7th, 2013 8:15am
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Paulds Paulds
Can`t wait a race battle between this and LaFerrari, both driven by Chris Harris or Tiff Needle, please...
Sep 5th, 2013 7:31pm
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infond infond
it looks so evil in black
Sep 5th, 2013 7:28pm
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AstonMartin AstonMartin
The P1 is an amazing car, in addition the black paint color looks incredible. Too bad only 375 units will be made (106 F1's were made)and their reportedly close to selling out (instant rare collectable). Looking forward to more dynamic model introductions from Mclaren.
Sep 5th, 2013 7:05pm
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Meilen Meilen
The black is THE color for the P1 !!! Definitely superb !!!
Sep 5th, 2013 6:56pm
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DavidFlynn DavidFlynn
O_o... wow
Sep 5th, 2013 6:38pm
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Madness Madness
This thing looks menacing in black!
Sep 5th, 2013 6:17pm
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