McLaren Automotive has officially completed hot weather testing of the 2014 McLaren P1 hypercar. The following video and images were shot in July this year in temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit in California!
As you may recall, Porsche released a video showcasing its hot weather testing in the U.S. back in June of the 918 Spyder thus leaving us with just Ferrari to release testing videos of the LaFerrari to complete the trifecta of new hypercars undergoing extreme weather testing.
In addition to demonstrating some high-performance driving on the road,the above video showcases the 2014 McLaren P1 lapping the infamous Willow Springs Raceway!
A number of tech features make the McLaren P1 a very fast car. Cutting straight to the figures, the McLaren P1 will travel from zero to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds, zero to 200km/h in under 7 seconds, and zero to 300km/h in no more than 17 seconds. This is thanks, in part to the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) which is essentially KERS, for road cars. Putting the 300km/h statistic into perspective, this is 11 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350km/h.
The McLaren P1 will use a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine fitted with two turbochargers and an electric motor. Together, this produces 916ps (903bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. The petrol engine alone produces 737ps (727bhp) at 7,500rpm, and 720Nm of torque from 4,000rpm with the electric motor supplementing 179ps (176bhp) and 260Nm of torque. The power is channelled through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox to drive the rear wheels.