We drive the McLaren P1. Spoiler alert: it's quite good

The 2015 McLaren P1 is possibly the most exciting road car ever built. The people who gave us the magnificent McLaren F1 20 years ago have delivered their next masterpiece, representing everything learned in 50 years building Formula One, Le Mans, Indianapolis and Can-Am winners.

So what's it like to drive?

"Astonishing," is the simple answer. Forget the Ferrari 458 or F12, or the Enzo. Forget, also, the marvelous old McLaren F1, although you can sense similar genes. The new P1 is way faster, way more agile and much more composed at high speed. The handling balance, especially in "race" mode, is superb. It's predictable and controllable, but the high speed and enormous power mean the P1 is a car demanding great respect. Even with the traction control engaged, it's easy to get rear wheel spin, so vast is the power and torque.

For the full rundown of what it's like to drive "the nearest thing there's ever been to a road-legal Grand Prix car," head over to Autoweek.com.

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