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McLaren plays with its P1 supercar on the Arctic Circle

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  April 30, 2013 06:48 PM

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Winter's never over in northern Sweden, and that simple fact makes this sparsely populated region a worldwide destination for automotive engineers. For durability testing, tiny towns like Arjeplog offer them year-round, pummeling cold, just the sort of recipe McLaren needs to finish its upcoming P1 supercar, of which just 375 will be made.

We've already seen the car unmasked at the Geneva Auto Show in March, so unless there's some radical design change, we're not sure why McLaren continues to cover it like a zebra. Here, somewhere further north on a frozen lake in the Arctic Circle, McLaren test drivers slid the P1 -- with a hybrid powertrain in excess of 900 horsepower -- on slick powder.

Despite what looks like a fun time, I can tell you I wouldn't trade places with those drivers, at least not in Sweden. A year ago in February, on assignment for Car and Driver, I had my fingers nearly pried off by the 10-degree chill -- and that was in the country's southerly parts. So unless this P1 is hopping the next flight to Dubai, I'll gladly enjoy the video below from Boston.

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