Video: McLaren P1 undergoing testing

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 25, 2013

McLaren has released the latest short video of its development of the production McLaren P1, which it claims will be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. In September 2012, the McLaren P1 was introduced as a design study at the Paris Motor Show where it received a ton of interest. Its progress since then has continued at a fast pace.

The testing programme for the model is now being conducted by the team at McLaren Automotive. The McLaren P1 is expected to increase the supercar performance benchmark with the company’s 50 years of skills and knowledge stemming from its involvement at the peak of motorsport Formula 1 techniques and processes.

McLaren was able to ensure an excellent performance and the meeting of ambitious targets before the first prototypes have been built with the use of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling and bespoke Formula 1-derived dynamics simulation tools.

The McLaren P1 was also subjected to physical testing to get some detailed analysis. A group of McLaren engineers, technicians and racing drivers is operating a fleet of vehicles codenamed XP with the most challenging conditions and on roads and circuits throughout the world.

The development team has been collaborating with McLaren Automotive technology partners on bespoke components and developments and has been conducting thorough testing procedures for the McLaren P1.

The team has been testing Akebono on a very efficient braking system, Pirelli on high performance tyres and Mobil 1 on leading cooling, lubrication and hydraulic fluids. The McLaren P1 will offer exceptional road and track dynamics and performance, partnered with levels of driveability and refinement unparalleled in this type of supercar.

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