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McLaren P1 flames on at Yas Marina

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

We know the McLaren P1 is ungodly fast. As evidence, we present this video of the new hypercar at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi doing some test laps, courtesy of YouTube sensation Shmee150. The cars were there for a McLaren 12C owner's meet.

The P1 rips around the 3.4-mile, 21-turn track, with near-constant flames coming out of the central exhaust. Most seem to burst on downshift and liftoff, but there's definitely a section of the track where the P1 flames long enough that it could barbecue a hot dog if it were equipped with a proper skewer.

The McLaren P1 bowed to the public in 2012 at the Paris auto show, sporting a hopped-up version of the 12C's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, with an electric motor adding boost. Overall, it delivers 903 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. That's channeled through a seven-speed transmission to the rear wheels. The P1 has a dry weight of only 3,075 pounds.

By Jake Lingeman