Video: McLaren P1 GTR Spins in Corkscrew, Nearly Crashes

As part of an exclusive trackday at Laguna Seca, a host of drivers set out to thrash their McLaren hypercars at a pace they’re meant for. While most of the owners dawdle around the circuit, careful not to incur the smallest of scratches on their incredibly expensive machinery, some drivers have other ideas.

As the GTR is a faster, lighter, less-forgiving, track-only version of the monstrous P1, one driver intent on setting an awe-inspiring lap gets it wrong at the base of the infamous Corkscrew and has every spectator smiling or grinding their molars. Though it isn’t an exceptionally hard corner, the rapid compression and rebound a car undergoes as it covers the descending left-right bend can upset the platform, especially when the power is applied aggressively. Having 986 hybrid-turbo horsepower under one’s right foot doesn’t make life any easier in this case.

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As the multi-million dollar hypercar edges nearer to the walls, the tension in the air is so palpable you could bottle it.

Judging by how quickly the car comes into frame and spins off the track, the driver was en route to his quickest of the day. However, getting a bit too greedy on the dusty, sand-swept racetrack can spell disaster — and when the price of one’s steed is $3.1 million, it’s certain that the pucker-factor was high here. In an effort to try and correct the spin, the driver prods the throttle halfway through the slide but it only accelerates the car towards the unyielding cement walls.

Only by the smallest of margins does the P1 come to a halt before grazing the barriers. Though some would blame the mistake on turbo lag, the hybrid power unit is supposed to deliver a seamless, hyper-responsive wave of torque that should be fairly predictable. So, this close call really ought to be chalked up to overexuberance, but seeing as the car in focus is a track-only hypercar that is very, very yellow, it’s easy to understand why.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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