Chris Harris and the McLaren P1

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Chris Harris pontificates on ‘one of the best cars of 2014’, the McLaren P1.

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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Gaz replied at 21:54, Wed 01 Apr, 2015
Is he still saying it's a whole new thing? :P
Cro replied at 10:55, Thu 02 Apr, 2015
Obviously no idea if its just the video or not but I was surprised how loud the electric motor was inside the cabin at the end
gary87 replied at 20:55, Thu 02 Apr, 2015
Why do the rear lights always look like they are flashing?
Paul RS replied at 23:08, Thu 02 Apr, 2015
| Why do the rear lights always look like they are flashing?
It's the way the camera picks up LEDs
gary87 replied at 07:35, Fri 03 Apr, 2015
| It's the way the camera picks up LEDs
That was a lot simpler an explanation that I expected!
mr_s81 replied at 08:09, Fri 03 Apr, 2015
I did wonder about that. Been a week since I saw that vid, but from memory I think there's a bit on it where the lights are on constantly, but this was when the car was stationary.
DC. replied at 09:05, Fri 03 Apr, 2015
I think it's to do with LEDs being constantly turned on/off very quickly & due to the camera's resolution they appear to be flashing/flickering.
ace275 replied at 09:11, Fri 03 Apr, 2015
Yep, the are turned on/off quickly to get the desired brightness I believe. For brighter they're on for longer durations etc.
mr_s81 replied at 09:11, Fri 03 Apr, 2015
I thought it might have been something to do with the camera's fps (frames per second) rate, the same way a monitor screen looks like it's flickering when on TV, but I could be wrong!
acsmyth replied at 09:36, Fri 03 Apr, 2015
It's the shutter speed on the camera. It's not synced to the frequency of the LED's (or how fast they flicker in very simple terms) If the shutter was synced, it would take the same time to expose one frame in the video as the LED takes to flicker. Next time you are on a propellor plane to the mainland, point your iPhone at the propellors and you'll get a similar effect.