Across Europe in the McLaren P1
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Posted: 06 Jan 2014
And yet. It's not the fastest car I've ever driven. Or the most theatrical. The Veyron Super Sport is faster; the Pagani Huayra a demented opera of wondrous excess. The P1 is something else entirely. It makes a Veyron feel like an Audi TT RS taking on a Lotus Elise. Makes it feel bloated and nerveless. And yet it makes a Huayra feel fanciful and a bit unfocused. The McLaren P1 is different. It's a well-resolved, ambitious, stand-and-stare bit of engineering that still has the frisson of danger that means you can't assimilate it in an instant. You can drive this car slowly easily, but it will take a while longer really to get a handle on all it can do. You need to learn it, and then begin to push the abilities of yourself and it in unison. And that, in its way, is magical. And also why it is Top Gear magazine's Hypercar of the Year.