Power and Performance
The McLaren P1 uses a savage, twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 situated behind the driver. Fed by a McLaren F1-style roof scoop, it produces 727 bhp, which probably seems like enough power to most ordinary observers. But this is no ordinary car. McLaren knew the P1 needed more to keep pace with the best cars in the world, so they added an electric motor as well, boosting the P1’s combined output to 903 bhp and 980 Nm of torque. All of that power is sent to the rear wheels only, so anyone lucky enough to pilot the car will really need to keep their wits about them. Acceleration times were incredible: 0 to 200 km/h in just 6.8 seconds, on to 300 km/h in 16.5 seconds. The top speed is listed at 217 mph. McLaren wasn’t keen on releasing lap times for the P1, although they did let the world know that the P1’s Nürburgring lap time is under 7 minutes.
An active rear wing and absolutely massive rear diffuser help the car to develop 600 kg of downforce at 160 mph, while an F1-style Drag Reduction System keeps the wing from intruding too much on top-speed runs. A carbon-fibre MonoCage ensures exceptional strength at a super-low weight. Once inside, you will find Alcantara, carbon fibre, and little else. In fact, carbon fibre seems to grace nearly every surface of the car when you really begin to look around. It’s no wonder, then, that the kerb weight is kept down to just 1,547 kg. Considering the fact there are two motors and a whole bank of batteries in there, that is a mighty impressive feat.
McLaren only made 375 P1s during its 2-year production run. Each car started at £866,000, but that figure could easily climb to over £1 million with options. The P1 is still regarded as the pinnacle of performance today, with current prices reflecting that fact.