Watch An F1 Driver Put The McLaren Elva To The Test

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How else to test a roofless supercar?

How can you properly test a supercar like the 2021 McLaren Elva? McLaren's lightest-ever road car is too much to handle for most drivers, considering its 4.0-liter twin-turbo produces a face-warping 803 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. And we do mean face-warping because the Elva doesn't come with a windshield. That means when the car launches to 62 mph in under three seconds, and onto its 200 mph top speed, you'll probably want to have a helmet on, or have a taste for bugs.

To properly put the Elva through its paces, McLaren brought in one of its Formula 1 drivers, Lando Norris. Norris, who scored his first podium finish earlier in the 2020 season, came out to his home track of Silverstone to drive this exclusive supercar and attempt (and fail) to drift the Elva on film.

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F1 drivers are well-known for their unparalleled ability to pilot a car quickly, but not much else. When it comes to memorizing lines for promotional materials, their driving talents aren't much help. McLaren employs some of its British humor in this video, showing Norris struggle to regurgitate some of the finer details about the Elva.

For example, a man behind the camera asks Norris to repeat a line about the Elva's Active Air Management System, which channels air over the cockpit to create a virtual canopy. Norris struggles to remember the first word of the line. The F1 driver continues to trip over his lines during the entire video, even referring to the car as the McLaren Elvis at one point.

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After a while, Norris decides to just have fun with the car, drifting around the British Grand Prix. Norris admits that he is not the best drifter but we still get a great idea of how fun the Elva is to drive. McLaren only planned to build 399 examples of the Elva, but production was cut down even further to 149 units. The car Norris drove in the video wasn't a standard car either; it was the McLaren Elva M1A by MSO, which pays homage to the livery used in the 1964 Canadian Sports Car Grand Prix.

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