The new issue of Top Gear magazine is out today in print and on iPad, and features an extraordinary world exclusive: Jeremy Clarkson driving the McLaren P1.
When Top Gear was granted an audience with the 903bhp hyper-hybrid, the most anticipated car of the decade, there was only one man for the job. The man never lost for words even in the face of the car that proudly boasts to be ‘the best driver’s car in the world on road or track’. It's fair to say he was a little impressed.
“We’ve seen fast cars before,” says JC. “There have been Koenigseggs and Paganis, and the Ferrari F12 doesn’t exactly hang about. But we have never encountered anything quite like the P1. This takes our perception of speed to a new level.”
Let loose on Belgium’s Spa circuit, Clarkson pushed the P1 right to its 0-62mph-in-2.8-seconds, 217mph-top-speed limits. And his own.
“Remember to forget all you think you know when you press the accelerator,” he says. “Because what happens when you do isn’t real. It’s from a world of sci-fi and monsters and fear. It makes everything else look like the past...”
There’s plenty more goodness in the December issue of Top Gear, with an world-first drive of Seb Loeb’s Pikes Peak-destroying Peugeot T16, a blast through London’s rush hour in the game-changing BMW i3, and a lap of Milan in the jaw-dropping Touring Disco Volante.
You’ll also find Hammond immolating rubber in a Vauxhall Monaro and James May taking a tour of the VW factory, along with TG’s brutally honest reviews of the Hyundai i10, Mazda 3, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante and new Citroen C3 Picasso.
But really, this one’s all about the big Mac, the car Clarkson says ‘makes everything else look like the past’. To read his thoughts, and revel in 16 pages of stunning P1 photography, make sure you pick up the December issue of Top Gear magazine. What are you waiting for?