Captured: McLaren P1 Is Hot In Desert Testing

By John Beltz Snyder

September 05, 2013

McLaren is testing its new P1 in the harsh desert heat, and the automaker was kind enough to bring along cameras so it could share these images with the world.
 
mclaren p1 desert heat testing
 
This particular example of the P1 is seen in Carbon Black. That paint has got to be hot to the touch in the 125+ degree heat of the deserts of Arizona, Nevada, and California. We’d suffer a blister or two for the chance to check it out, though.
 
mclaren p1 desert heat testing
 
The first batch of P1s McLaren is cooking up for customers will consist of 375 examples, and owners can rest assured the model has been vetted for durability.
 
The extreme temperatures of the desert are a stark contrast to when we saw the P1 sliding wildly on a frozen lake a few months ago.
 
mclaren p1 desert heat testing
 
Make sure to click through the attached gallery for more gorgeous shots of the P1 in the desert. Learn more about the testing and the progress of the P1 in the press release from McLaren, below the video. Read and see more about the P1 on our Master Landing Page.
 
mclaren p1 desert heat testing
 

 
DEVELOPMENT TESTING FOR THE McLAREN P1™ REACHES BOILING POINT AS PRODUCTION NEARS
 
  • McLaren P1™ development shown in extreme desert heat as programme nears completion
  • First dynamic footage of the production-intent car, without camouflage
  • Customer deliveries set to commence as McLaren continues 50th anniversary celebrations
  • Short, high definition video showingthe McLaren P1™ testing can be viewed and embedded at: http://youtu.be/yV2pEXK_zIM
 
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.