We've been following the McLaren P1’s journey from concept through extreme testing to production. Now the car maker has released the performance specs of the hybrid-engine supercar along with the announcement that a UK-based customer has become the first to take delivery of a P1 that rolled off the production line at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England at the end of September.
From the outside, the McLaren P1 always looked as if it was just aching to be let loose on the track and McLaren seemed confident enough in the car to put it through a series of extreme weather tests. If after all that it turned out to have all the pick up of an asthmatic Morris Marina, then it would have been the disappointment of the decade.
According to McLaren, the P1 has delivered the goods. The company states that the P1’s twin powerplant powertrain with its 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 petrol engine and lightweight electric motor punches a blistering 903 bhp (673 kW, 916 PS) with instant torque thanks to the electric motor and the optimized turbos.
What this means is that when you hit the accelerator, you get flattened into the seat as the P1 sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a jaw-dropping 2.8 seconds. It clocks past 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds, which is 5.5 seconds better than the McLaren F1. It can do a standard quarter mile in 9.8 seconds at 245 km/h (152 mph) and has an electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
McLaren also seems anxious to show off the P1’s braking. The bespoke Akebono system with carbon ceramic discs coated in silicon carbide can bring the P1 from 100 km/h to a full stop in 2.9 seconds and a distance of only 30.2 m (99 ft), which McLaren says is less than a third of the recognized stopping distance for a car traveling at that speed.
As to fuel efficiency, the McLaren P1 can manage 34 mpg (8.3 L/100 km) with a range of 11 km (6.8 mi) in full electric mode. Carbon dioxide emissions are 194 g/km.
Only 375 units of the McLaren P1 will be manufactured with a starting price of £866,000 (US$1,350,000).
The video below showcases the McLaren P1