Who said exotic cars are meant only for warm, sunny days? As part of its development regimen, McLaren took a prototype of the P1 supercar to the northern Sweden for cold-weather testing. The automaker was kind enough to share this video of the McLaren P1 being put through its paces in the Arctic Circle — by which we mean the car goes powersliding on snow and ice.
The McLaren P1 was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, and in a few months the first of 375 cars will be delivered to customers. The P1 is a plug-in hybrid that combines a version of the 12C supercar’s twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8, good for 727 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, with an electric motor that produces 172 hp and 192 lb-ft. While the car’s lithium-ion battery pack allows it to drive up to six miles on electricity alone, we’re more interested in the way the motor and engine can work together. According to McLaren, those two power sources yield a combined output of 903 hp and 664 lb-ft, which results in a claimed 0-to-62-mph time of below three seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.
The McLaren P1’s carbon-fiber bodywork hides active aerodynamic aids, hydro-pneumatic suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pricing starts at $1.15 million, so it’s fair to say that most of us will have to enjoy the car by watching this video rather than by slipping behind the wheel.