The McLaren P1 is very good at sneaking. This was my initial impression as we slink our way silently from a hotel just outside the Spa Francorchamps circuit at 5am in full furtive-ninja EV mode. It’s dark, and there’s mist hanging at head height as the tyres crunch on the first frost of the year, a rime lightly eroded by early morning rain. Not ideal conditions in which to test a 903bhp rear-drive hypercar, but no matter how powerful or exclusive, it’s always worth remembering at the end of the day it’s just a car. I’ve driven a few. I can probably manage this one.
Photography: Jamie Lipman