This is not your everyday car, but if you can afford to make it your everyday car you are in for a treat. Addictive, seductive, sexy, fast, rocketing, yada, yada, yada…There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the McLaren P1.
From the moment, you lay your eyes on her, you are in love which you know it’s going to give you one of the best pleasures known to man without a sacrifice, other than a little over a million dollars. From the start of the engine, it gives you the feeling of becoming one with the car. You can feel your heart beat racing, teeth grinding, blood pumping faster through your veins to your heart as you step on the accelerator, like a cheetah locked on to its prey this marvelous piece of machinery launches.
The astonishing new McLaren P1™, which debuted in production form at the Geneva Motor Show, has a clear goal – to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. Aero-led design produces more downforce than any other production road car. McLaren has been making carbonfiber-framed racing cars since the MP4/1 of 1981 and has made only composite cars since. Its first road car (M6GT prototype aside) was the F1 of 1993.
The best driver’s car in the world must also have exceptional straight-line performance and instant throttle response. To deliver this, the McLaren P1™ uses an innovative IPAS petrol-electric powertrain comprising a substantially revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, coupled to a single electric motor, collectively known as M838TQ. Combined power output of 903hp generated by 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine gives tremendous power and instant throttle response with an electronically limited top speed of 217 mph. 0-60 mph standing start acceleration taking just 2.8 seconds. The McLaren P1™ will power from rest to 125 mph in 6.8 seconds, and on to 190 mph in 16.5 seconds – a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the McLaren F1.
The braking figures are equally as impressive for the McLaren P1™, with the levels of performance provided by the bespoke Akebono system. The specially formulated carbon ceramic discs, coated in silicon carbide, can bring the McLaren P1™ to a halt from 62 mph in a distance of just 100 feet.
You can see the great influence of Formula 1 car experience of McLaren on P1™. Such as McLaren P1™ include the revolutionary layered carbon ceramic brakes, developed for the road by McLaren’s Formula 1 partners Akebono. The highly efficient IPAS (Instant Power Assist System) is a development of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) used on Formula 1 cars, while DRS (Drag Reduction System) is also used on the McLaren P1™, giving extra power and straight-line speed both at the touch of a button. Brake Steer – an outlawed Formula 1 technology – is also used on the McLaren P1™. It improves cornering behavior and cornering speed.
The ownership experience with the McLaren P1™ will be as special as the car itself, Greg Levine, McLaren Automotive Sales and Marketing Director explains: “Owners will become part of the McLaren family, if they aren’t already. To maintain exclusivity, we have closely monitored demand, and announced a production number of just 375 units – a figure that will ensure the McLaren P1™ will remain a rarity and, if spotted on the road, an unforgettable sight.”
Finally, The P1 sells here in the US in limited quantities for $1.5 million. So, if you are one of the lucky guys/girls out there, we are sure you’ll enjoy this instant collector’s item to the fullest. Also, don't forget to watch the video to see the experience and feelings of one of the lucky McLaren P1 owners from Japan.