Been to Woking, England, lately? No? Then you aren’t the buyer of the first McLaren P1.That’s OK, McLaren says the unnamed purchaser is a Brit as well. According to McLaren, the owner of the first of 375 the McLaren P1 picked up the storied race and supercar’s latest ultimate road car, in Volcano Yellow and carbon fiber, after it rolled off the dedicated production line at the end of September and went thorough an extensive testing regimen.
The McLaren P1, a new model above the company’s more mundane 12C and 12C Spider models, utilizes the same carbon-fiber tub construction technology but has a new plug-in hybrid drivetrain, combining a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 with a lightweight electric motor to produce 903 horsepower, capable of 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds. Hitting 300 km/h (186 mph) takes just 16.5 seconds. McLaren electroinically limits top speed to 217 mph.
The hybrid drivetrain, however, permits the McLaren P1 to record a 34 mile per gallon fuel efficiency on the EU combined test procedure, and the British supercar is also capable of driving 6.8 miles under electric power alone.
Braking is similarly remarkable. McLaren claims the P1, with brakes developed with Akebono http://www.akebonobrakes.com/ using specially formulated carbon ceramic discs, coated in silicon carbide, can stop from 62 mph in a distance of just 30.2 meters. That’s 99 feet.
Each McLaren P1 will be custom-built by 82 technicians, taking 17 days to complete. Up and running, the McLaren P1 line will complete one car per day, production ending in mid-2015. But get in line now, because at about $1.3 million, they’ll go fast.
Official performance data provided by McLaren:
|0-100km/h (62 mph)
0-200km/h (124 mph)
0-300km/h (186 mph)
Standing quarter mile (400m)
9.8 seconds @ 245 km/h (152 mph)
350 km/h (217 mph) electronically limited
|100-0 km/h m (ft) [sec]
200-0 km/h m (ft) [sec]
300-0 km/h m (ft) [sec]
|30.2 (99) [2.9]
116 (380) [4.5]
246 (806) [6.2]