Jay Leno Puts Lots of Miles on McLaren P1: I've Never Seen a Car That Stops Like This

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American television celebrity/comedian Jay Leno presents his brand new McLaren P1 in the latest episode of “Jay Leno`s Garage”, one of the most honest shows about cars around. Being the owner of the first model in US, the American TV personality explains why he thinks the car is one of the best he has ever driven.  
Leno was the first person in US to buy the new breath-taking McLaren so of course everybody waited for his review. Well, here it is. The car was delivered in a bit sooner so the television star had enough time to get a real feel of it. Invited on the show is McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, who shared his thoughts on what makes the P1 such a great car.

"We wanted to build the best driver`s car on a road track. And we used technology to achieve that," Flewitt explained.

How amazing is it to have an actual CEO on Jay Leno's show. We still remember when he first tested the MP4-12C three years ago and had to fly over to Woking in England for the first drive. Now, the popularity of the show means McLaren is the one jumping through hoops.

The show started with McLaren CEO visiting Jay Leno`s garage. Sitting next to his MP4-12C, SLR McLaren and F1, they discussed a couple of details about the ground-braking engineering that lead to the making of the car, after which they go for a ride.

The American host said he enjoyed driving the car so much that he ran for almost 1000 miles in the first five days since the car was delivered to him.

"We designed this car for drivers that enjoy running it on the streets. It`s not like a work of art to be kept in the garage," Flewitt backed him up.

Because there are so many hypercars coming out this year, we`ll remind you a couple of figures that best describe the P1: mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and an electric motor that give a combined output of 916PS (903 bhp). The beast is considered to be the long-awaited successor to the McLaren F1, utilizing hybrid power and Formula 1 technology.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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