Top Gear, Chris Harris, and the Annoyances of the McLaren P1.

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Yesterday /Drive released Chris Harris' McLaren P1 review, and obviously it was amazing, because it's Chris Harris...with a P1...sideways. The car he was drove was the last test car, the XP7, meaning it was a little beat up, but still a damn beast. However, because it was a test car, it wasn't as obsessively detailed; It was louder, there were interior panels missing, and a bunch of wires were sticking out.

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There. The wires. Remember that, I'll come back to that later.

The other recent P1 review is, of course, the Top Gear test a couple weeks ago. To be honest I really liked that bit, it was well scripted, shot, and produced, as Top Gear often is. So I have no complaints with the review, but my beef lies with the car. Midway through the segment, as Jeremy's raving about the McLaren's stupid awesome technology, there's a close-up shot of that crazy spoiler rising, and something caught my eye.

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Illustration for article titled Top Gear, Chris Harris, and the Annoyances of the McLaren P1.

That. Right there. See that? On a million dollar hypercar that's hailed as the epitome of technology with a psychotic attention to detail- there's some exposed wiring on the spoiler? Held on by a couple wire clamps? What? Why? What is this, amateur hour?

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This had been really confusing/annoying me for the last week since I saw Top Gear. I mean, it's one of the most advanced car companies on the planet, and they really couldn't figure out how to hide those wires? But, the Chris Harris review offered me some salvation. When you pay attention, you can see the XP7 also has a bunch of exposed wiring underneath some of the panels, including the wires on the spoiler. So the question arises - was Clarkson also driving the XP7, or does every P1 come with this irking, annoying tiny little flaw?

Illustration for article titled Top Gear, Chris Harris, and the Annoyances of the McLaren P1.
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The answer, I'm afraid, is yes, they do. With a good eye and a speedy click of the Youtube pause button, one can take a peek and see that Top Gear's black McLaren P1 is not, in fact, the XP7. Exposed spoiler wires on every single one of 'em.

So, with the addition of the infamous carbon fiber rear "windows", this brings the P1's flaw count up to a whopping 2. And you know what? As much as I'd like to punch McLaren in the face for those wires, I'd still have one over anything. Including the 918. And my left leg.

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