McLaren P1 Driving Through a Cabbage Field in Japan Is as Close as We’ll Get to a McLaren SUV

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Despite all the spotlights and the appreciation, being a McLaren P1 is not easy. For one thing, there are certain examples of this British hypercar that never get to stretch their mechanical legs on tarmac, being driven on the garage floor only. However, we now want to show you the opposite of that, namely a P1 whose owner isn’t afraid to use the exclusive vehicle in daily driving scenarios.
The footage below allows us to see the P1 being driven on a non-paved road that allows the gasoline-electric machine to drive through a cabbage field in Japan.

The piece of hardware that deserves the credit for this is the vehicle’s lift system. Unlike most systems of its kind, which only increase the front axle ride height, McLaren’s one raises both axles - at the press of a button, the P1 is lifted by 1.2 inches (30 mm). The vehicle lift system remains active up to 37 mph (60 km/h).

Things weren’t always like this with McLaren

When McLaren returned to building road cars back in 2011, the Brits didn’t take the real world asphalt caprices into account, so they released the MP4-12C without such a system.

Fortunately, McLaren is currently one of the most clientele-friendly carmakers, sharing this title with Tesla. Paying close attention to customer feedback, Woking started offering a lift system subsequently.

About that SUV mention in the title

Last week, autocar published a piece titled “McLaren Special Operations could build bespoke SUV.” While this was a borderline clickbait article, many publications rushed to pick up the story.

We’re sorry to spoil so many people’s high-riding McLaren dreams, but we have to remind you what these Brits currently believe about SUVs. When the automaker trolls Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce over their current or upcoming SUVs, you can’t expect it to build such a vehicle. At least not until their brand awareness raises to a level that would allow customers not to become confused by such a move.

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