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Radical McLaren P1 supercar on track

McLaren's P1 supercar is likely to become one of the most dazzling and enticing supercars of our era, and following the release of the P1 concept car at the Paris Motor Show last year, the countdown to the release of the production model is fast gaining momentum.

In fact, McLaren has just released some pictures and a video of the production model, albeit wearing camouflage, as it undergoes its rigorous track testing regime.

A camouflaged McLaren P1 production prototype undergoes track testing.A camouflaged McLaren P1 production prototype undergoes track testing.A camouflaged McLaren P1 production prototype undergoes track testing.McLaren P1 concept car.McLaren P1 concept car.

McLaren is quite explicit about how good it wants this supercar to be: "Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made."

In a bid to achieve such perfection, a team of engineers, technicians and racing drivers are currently putting a fleet of P1 prototypes through their paces around the clock and under demanding conditions.

Naturally, the final technical spec sheet is still a heavily guarded state secret, but McLaren has divulged a few details about the concept car, which is a mid-engined design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure as well as lightweight carbon body panels.

The vehicle also has a large adjustable 'active' rear wing that automatically adjusts to boost downforce and optimise aerodynamics.

McLaren says the production car will have a power to weight ratio of more than 440kW per tonne. Although no other engine details have been mentioned, it is widely speculated that the P1 will use a modified version of the 12C's 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8.

Not too long to wait though, as McLaren expects to deliver the first units to its customers towards the end of this year.

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