The McLaren P1 is the most hyped supercar of 2013. Since the supercar was breathlessly unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year, McLaren has already confirmed that all the 375 units that were set to hit the market have already been sold. That’s a record for an expensive supercar considering all 375 units have been already sold out less than eight months since the car was unveiled.
You may be asking yourself how this happened. Well, it’s not McLaren’s own marketing team that did most of the work but Top Gear’s feature on the P1 and fantastic firsthand reviews that did the magic. At least that’s what analysts are saying. Its obvious Top Gear can do wonders to car sales especially when they give a favorable review. It has happened in the past and history has repeated itself again with the McLaren P1.
Official reports from McLaren confirm that the demand for the P1 is still growing which is triggering speculation on whether or not McLaren will consider producing more units. Such a move is, however, unlikely judging from the past. If you wanted the P1 because it is a super exclusive hybrid 903 bhp hypercar, you’re out of luck.
Specifications and Performance
First and foremost, the McLaren P1 official performance figures are out. The P1 has a 217 mph top speed and a 2.8 second 0-62 time. The P1 takes a record 6.8 seconds to get from 0 to 124 mph and 16.5 sec to get from 0 to 186 mph. This is quicker than its spiritual forebear, the McLaren F1.
Although the F1 has an upper hand in terms of top speed (243 mph) simply because the P1 is electronically limited to a top speed of 217 mph, the P1 is way better in other aspects such as quarter-mile performance (9.8 seconds at 152 mph).
The P1 also has very impressive economy numbers like 194g per kilometer (carbon dioxide emissions). In terms of consumption, the P1 does 34mpg which is way better than the 10mpg McLaren 12C figures. The McLaren P1 also clocks impressive figures thanks to its impressive hybrid drive train.
Considering the P1 has a mid mounted 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engines featuring an electric motor, these economy numbers are more than impressive. The 903 bhp engine has 276 bhp more than its predecessor, the McLaren F1. This is regardless of the fact that the P1 is heavier than the F1 by over 20%; 1400kg compared to the F1’s 1137kg weight.
The P1’s aerodynamics as well as the drivers’ car potential are also among the top reasons why the P1 is so special. According to McLaren, the P1 boasts of everyday drivability that can only be matched by supercars like the Bugatti Veyron. The P1 is an excellent car for both normal driving and racing.
The P1’s interior also stands out; comfortable, safe and classy. It is also worth noting that the P1’s interior is driver focused dripping with carbonfibre. The P1 features a monocage chassis tub which is slightly different from the McLaren MP4 12C’s Monocell. It measures 83 mm longer and 37 mm wider than the 12C. It is however 29 mm lower.
On the outside, the P1 features bespoke Pirelli P zero tires, Akebono mirror carbon ceramic brakes and cooling ducts on the front wheels.
You couldn’t ask for more on a car that costs $1.3 million. Considering the P1 stands out in every way but costs less than a Bugatti Veyron or Aston One-77, it doesn’t get better than the McLaren P1 when your focus is getting the best super exclusive hybrid hypercar with over 900 bhp, impressive economy numbers, outstanding aerodynamics and a perfect interior/exterior.
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