We have video of the new McLaren P1 taking on the Top Gear track at Dunsfold in the hands of McLaren’s F1 driver Sergio Perez.
We reported from Geneva that Ron Dennis has declared he put the new McLaren P1 round Top Gear’s Dunsfold track a full 10 seconds quicker than the contentious Top Gear lap time set by the Pagani Huayra.
So when McLaren sent us a video that declared their new F1 driver, Sergio Perez, had taken the P1 round Dunsfold – and here is the video – we though we might get a proper insight in to just how quick the P1 is.
But, sadly, the video of Perez piloting a pre-production version of the P1 round Dunsfold doesn’t give us a lot of idea how quick McLaren’s new hypercar is, although it does give us some insight in to how much it promises with the perspective of an F1 driver. Which is good.
Perez says the McLaren P1 is the closest thing to a road-going F1 car he’s ever driven, that the acceleration is amazing, the braking like an F1 car and the downforce and cornering incredible. We think Sergio was impressed.
The chatter we’re hearing is that McLaren think the P1 is capable of going round the Top Gear track in under one minute, and hopefully we’ll get the chance to find out before too long.
Yes, McLaren use the Dunsfold track for development – so the P1 should perform as well there as anywhere – but a sub-one minute time would be exceptional.
Let’s hope the next video of the McLaren P1 at the Top Gear track proves its performance.