Across Europe in the McLaren P1
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Posted: 06 Jan 2014
It's sticky, and reliable through a corner, too. Though I'm not sure about McLaren's claims of 2g cornering ability (I suspect this might be computer-idealistic), the P1 has the measure of any contemporary sports car in terms of grip and go. And yes, it does oversteer readily, and yes, you can pick it back up easily enough because the car is almost hysterical in its feedback. In fact, it's an inundation. You are accosted from every direction at once. Your ears ring with the buzzsaw rasp of the motor overlaid by the E-motor's whine - something like a jet engine ingesting both fireworks and a National Grid substation. Your hands and arms feed back directional inputs that have become so instinctive, it feels like you've glued your arms to the front wheels. And your lower back moves entirely within the cadences of the car, like you're at the centre of the pivot. You become an alloy of P1 and human. A Puman. It's alert, and with you, and utterly immersive.