Imagine one lap around the sunny Portimao Circuit in Portugal with Chris Harris in the McLaren P1 running on its optional P Zero Trofeo R tires. You’d probably have the exact same face as Marino Franchitti above.

While Pirelli’s P Zero Trofeos are technically road legal, you’re not supposed to drive on these sticky asymmetrical semi-slicks if there’s any chance of rain on the horizon. You’re also not allowed to put your McLaren P1 into its high-downforce Race Mode that lowers the car and pushes the giant rear wing as high as it will go.

But at a track like Portimao, both can be engaged in order to reach 185mph in the main straight and hit your body with g figures climbing up to 1.7 in the corners.

I never expected it to move this fast without being sterile on the edge.

Photo credit: Chris Harris on Cars


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