Across Europe in the McLaren P1
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Posted: 06 Jan 2014
Fast? Yep. Just a bit. No wheelspin at launch, no real fuss, just a seamless initial electric torque fluidly integrated into the vicious abilities of a 700bhp+ turboed V8. First run hit 180mph and stopped again before we'd covered two-thirds of the runway. Which threw up a most interesting fact - the P1's brakes are one of the most effective parts of the whole car. I got my teeth back, anyway. If it sounds scary, it wasn't. Yes, I was initially cautious - I'd already had my wrist slapped by the P1's delivery, don't forget - but in the dry, at galumphing speeds, the P1 gets easier. An example: there's a bump in Lydd's runway about halfway down, big enough to pop the wheels into the air and get wheelspin at 100mph when fully on the throttle. Which is a bit of an orifice-puckerer. Hit the same bump at 160mph-plus, and there is no pop, the whole car compressed into the tarmac by 600kg of downforce from the wholly viable aero package. Not something I've really felt from a road car before.