Car pictures of the week

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Successor to the legendary F1, Woking’s 2013 Ultimate Series offering had big boots to fill. Boasting power, technology and performance figures almost unheard of in a road car at the time, it certainly didn’t fail to impress. Seven years on, does the P1 still have the same effect? Jethro Bovingdon gets back behind the wheel in issue 276 to find out.

Some 903bhp and 664lb ft of torque are the headline figures, courtesy of a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and a 131kW electric motor. As extreme as the numbers may still sound, Maranello’s £375,000 SF90 Stradale can muster a greater output, with even the new 911 Turbo matching its 2.8sec 0-62mph time. Progress has reduced the impact of its numbers, then, but how about the driving experience?

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Potency and precision were said to be its key attributes, but can we say the same in the context of 2020? Launched as a track-focused special, McLaren’s Senna features less power and less attractive looks, but what it does have is an additional 200kg of downforce (at 155mph) over the already-incredible 600kg of the P1.

Likely a result of both weight savings and a low 375-unit production run, there’s no doubt it’s less refined than many of today’s machines. Combine this with an early hybrid powertrain, might lesser models of today have more accessible performance?

Pick up your copy of evo issue 276 to read Jethro Bovingdon’s verdict, as he takes the mighty McLaren P1 to the Pyrenees. If you’ve been unable to make it to the shops, single issues are available for purchase via magsdirect.co.uk.

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Car pictures of the week: archive

Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.

Gallery 1

Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.

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Gallery 2

Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.

Gallery 3

The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.

Gallery 4

Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.

Gallery 5

Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.

Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600, Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.

Gallery 7

A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original ‘Hakosuka’ GT-R. 

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Gallery 8

Ford’s RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery

Gallery 9

Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!

Gallery 10

Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).

Gallery 11

The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.

 

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