By   September 5, 2013

The McLaren P1 in the Desert

The McLaren P1 in the Desert

These days even our supercars are expected to perform well in all conditions. At one time it was considered normal to have a sports car overheat on a hot day or when sitting in traffic, but those days are over. With people expecting to have more reliable high performance cars manufactures need to make sure to put these cars through their paces.

Recently, McLaren has been doing some desert testing of the new P1. The plugin hybrid is being tested in extreme temperatures to make sure it can handle these conditions. With such a technically advanced car there are a lot of systems that could go wrong and when you are selling a car for over $1 million people are going to want it to work.

This video shows the supercar testing in the desert and being put through its paces. The British sports car maker is working hard to get ready as customer deliveries are scheduled for the end of this month. It is rumored that Jay Leno will take deliver of the first production car.

Check out the video and then let us know what you think of the McLaren P1 in the comments.

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Press Release

The testing programme for the McLaren P1™ has continued at a relentless pace throughout the summer, and in the latest short film from McLaren Automotive, the production-intent McLaren P1™ is shown testing in some of the harshest and most challenging conditions. With first deliveries scheduled in the coming weeks, the development team have been pushing the limits of the car to further extremes across North America, in some of the hottest and most arid conditions on the planet.

Finished all in Carbon Black, the sleek and menacing-looking McLaren P1™ is captured on the road undisguised for the first time, working through a number of final durability tests before the first of the limited run of 375 models is delivered to customers. The extreme temperature testing saw the McLaren P1™ pushed to the limits, experiencing heat in excess of 52°C / 126°F through Arizona, California and Nevada, as the western coast of America experienced some of the hottest temperatures on record.

The McLaren P1™ is the culmination of 50 years of race-winning technology and expertise, and is proudly described as ‘everything the company has ever done’. From the outset, the goal for the McLaren P1™ was clear: to be the best driver’s car on road and track. For this reason, the hot weather testing programme has not been confined only to the challenging road surfaces of America’s west coast, as the team push the boundaries of all systems and components on track in blistering heat.

Throughout the hot weather testing phase, and the development programme as a whole, McLaren Automotive has worked closely with its technical partners to develop and engineer bespoke products and solutions for a car that challenges what has been produced previously, redefining the boundaries for high performance cars. Through close collaboration with Akebono and Pirelli, the levels of performance and capabilities of the McLaren P1™ are optimised. The bespoke braking system and tyres are among the most advanced of any road car ever produced.

September is the 50th anniversary of McLaren, and will see the first deliveries of the McLaren P1™ commencing in the coming weeks as celebrations continue.