McLaren P1 Goes High Speed Testing on a Frozen Lake [Video]

McLaren swears that its P1 will be the best driver’s car in the world. To achieve that goal the machine was tested in the extreme climate.

The 903 horsepower vehicle might be in a cold and wintry setting, but this F1-inspired exotic is definitely out of hibernation, writes The New York Daily News. The hybrid-powered P1 is being tested around the world, including a frozen lake in Sweden, as part of the car’s rigorous testing regime.

British sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotivc has designed the supercar with the engine of the hybrid type. P1 was sent to one of the coldest places on the planet in a bid to prove the $1.4 million supercar does have the power to handle any situation or environment.

The video also shows McLaren’s test drivers performing snowy burnouts and plenty of slow-motion drifts across a frozen lake in Sweden.

Tthe hybrid supercar, which is scheduled to come into sale later this year, will be pitted against some of the most driver-focused and insanely expensive vehicles in the world.

This includes the LaFerrari which, which like the McLaren P1, benefits from a hybrid powertrain, along with the extremely limited-edition $4 million Lamborghini Veneno.

“Nestled behind the P1’s 2-passenger cabin is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine, coupled to a compact battery pack and KERS electric motor. The P1 has an electric-only driving range of approximately 12 miles which, believe it or not, is about equal to the EV range offered in the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid,” The New York Daily News explains.

“Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The P1 chassis is made entirely out of lightweight carbon-fiber, helping the McLaren scorch from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph – that latter figure is electronically limited. Left to its own devices, the P1 could go even faster.”

The producer of the supercar promises the P1’s “testing schedule continues at pace,” and that the car will make an appearance this summer during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The video with the incredible way of thesting a new car comes two months after Geneva Motor Show 2013 took place, where the world’s most exciting new cars were unveiled, including McLaren P1, the latest Ferrari supercar and a Volkswagen capable of more than 300mpg.

It became an arena for battles of the main automobile automakers. The Geneva Motor Show 2013, which is being held between 7 March and 17 March, witnessed a bevy of beautiful models from car manufacturers across the world, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren and Rolls Royce to name a few.

Despite car sales figures contracting by 8.2 percent in Europe last year, the big car manufacturers didn’t miss a chance to flaunt their muscles by showcasing the latest roll-outs from their stables at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.

Ferrari has revealed its new supercar at the 2013 Geneva motor show, and it’s called LaFerrari. Their 950bhp 6.2l V12 La Ferrari would cost around £1m.

LaFerrari can accelerate from 0-62mph in less than 3sec, from 0-124mph in less than 7sec and from 0-186mph in less than 15sec. Top speed is in excess of 217mph and production is limited to just 499 models.

Lamborghini unveiled its street-legal supercar – the Lamborghini Veneno, which is made to mark the luxury carmaker’s 50th anniversary.

For now Veneno is the Italian manufacturer’s fastest ever model. The car can go from zero to 62mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 220mph.

The Geneva Motor Show was first held in 1905 and since all major models of automobiles is being demonstrated there. Prototypes, new equipment, technical breakthroughs, international partnerships, as well as political and social debates, have been announced at the exhibition.

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