Until you’ve actually ridden in a McLaren Honda Formula 1 car at-speed on the track (full disclosure: we haven’t), it’s impossible to wrap your mind around the intense physical sensations generated by braking, turning, and of course, brutal straight-line acceleration.
Thanks to this video, perhaps now you’ll be just a step closer to experiencing the real deal.
Sponsored by the Esso oil and gas corporation (a.k.a. “ExxonMobil”), this video requires the use of the YouTube app on an Android or iOS phone to display properly. It shows McLaren Honda Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen racing a McLaren MP4-30 F1 car to catch up to a Honda Civic Sport, and a McLaren 650S at Silverstone National Circuit. To make things interesting, each of the non-race cars are given about a 15-second head start.
To make things more interesting – and the reason that a mobile phone is needed for proper viewing – the video presents a full 360-degree view of the action, with real-time camera pan and tilt functions.
As impressive as the McLaren Honda Formula 1 car is, this season has proven trying for the factory team as they try to battle their way out of ninth place in the overall manufacturer standings. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button serve as McLaren Honda’s two primary drivers, with Kevin Magnussen on-reserve.