McLaren’s P1 hyper car is spotted in the wilds of Norfolk

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It’s surprising how ‘normal’ a supercar can look when taken away from the bright lights of a purpose-built Motor Show stand, however in these two pictures, scooped by Chris Bloxsome, we see McLaren’s P1 supercar looking no bigger than it needs to be.

Chris spotted the camouflaged P1 in Diss, Norflolk – presumably visiting one of the many engineering specialists tucked away in this sleepy part of East England.

The P1’s huge rear wing is sitting in its closed position, but is clearly visible, as is the delicate carbon fibre blades of its rear valence which look perilously close to those Norfolk County Council kerbs.

But it’s the overall size of the P1 that is most striking – barely as large as a Porsche 911, which shows that P1 is all about the driving, not the posing.

We can’t wait to see (and hear) more.

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McLaren P1 made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September and will be priced at more than £800,000, with deliveries due towards the end of 2013. Its power-to-weight ratio will be more than 591bhp per tonne, and is expected to use a hybrid powertrain sharing the core 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine used in the 12C, but in a higher state of tune.

Its active aerodynamics are not just for show, and contribute to no less than 600kg of downforce – more than any other road car ever produced and five times as much downforce as that produced by the 12C.

Image Credit: Chris Bloxsome (@chrisbloxsome)