McLaren
took the wraps off its upcoming P1 supercar nearly five months ago at the Paris Motor Show, but the automaker refused to release details about its interior, powerplant or performance – those juicy details would all have to wait.

Yet after a private showing in New York, followed by another exclusive event in Beverly Hills, McLaren began to slowly trickle out information about the P1's instrument cluster and passenger cabin, before finally disclosing its 903 horsepower hybrid powerplant earlier this month.

Finally, after much speculation, McLaren has revealed the last piece of the puzzle and announced its tested performance figures. The 100 km/h benchmark (62 mph) falls in "less than three seconds" while the 200 km/h barrier (124 mph) is shattered in "under seven seconds." Lastly, the rear-wheel drive P1 will hit 300 km/h (186 mph) in "no more than 17 seconds" (an impressive 11 seconds faster than its legendary McLaren F1). Those blistering numbers put the P1 among a very small and elite group, with members like Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Hennessey – the fastest road cars on the planet.

If you are wondering how much it costs to embarrass a Ferrari, McLaren also broke its pricing embargo today. Base price, in the United States, is a cool $1,150,000.
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McLaren Automotive announces performance figures for the McLaren P1™

• Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) provides astonishing acceleration: 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 17 seconds, more than 35% faster than the legendary McLaren F1
• Top speed electronically limited to 350 km/h (218 mph)
• The production number has been limited to 375 units
• Base price in the US is $1,150,000
• Fully equipped as standard for road and track use
• Production model is almost unchanged from the original design study


McLaren Automotive has announced the final numbers, images and information relating to the McLaren P1™ ahead of a global reveal in just a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show.

The race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) gives the McLaren P1™ astonishing performance. Zero to 100km/h (62 mph) will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 km/h (186 mph) will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. This is 11 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (218 mph).

The McLaren P1™ has translated to production form with very little changed from the prototype shown at the Paris Auto Show. In fact just one change-the addition of LTR ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce.

McLaren has announced a global production number of just 375 units – a figure that will ensure the McLaren P1™ will remain a rarity.

McLaren has also announced that the car will have a base price of $1,150,000 in the US and have a specification that fully equips the car for both road and track use. The company prides itself on designing performance cars that their owners can use regularly so the McLaren P1™ comes standard with a comprehensive specification list. The options list is limited to only bespoke content that a customer might wish to add through McLaren Special Operations, and fitted luggage.

As already announced, the McLaren P1™ will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants, offering the optimum mix of superb throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. A mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine is substantially enhanced featuring, for example, larger turbochargers and a highly effective electric motor, to give a combined output of 916PS (903 bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. This ensures instantaneous throttle response through the rev range, more akin to a naturally aspirated engine. Emissions of less than 200g/km on the EU combined cycle are reduced to zero in full electric drive mode, while the Formula 1-derived DRS and IPAS technologies offer an increase in straight-line speed and an instant boost of power.

The tires fitted to the McLaren P1™ are specially developed P Zero Corsas, which have been developed with McLaren's technology partner, Pirelli. The team at Pirelli has been involved throughout the entire development program, and this has seen the tire testing phase integrated into the schedule, as a key performance component. The final compound and construction has been developed and optimised during testing, and the end result is a tire that is finely tuned specifically to the performance and handling characteristics.

To rein in the power produced by the twin powerplants, the McLaren P1™ is designed to offer braking performance more associated with a GT3 or sports racing car. Developed by McLaren's Formula 1 partner Akebono, the system features a new type of carbon ceramic disc, which has previously seen service in space, but never before used on a road car. Stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, the material dissipates heat more effectively, giving the highly efficient braking system exceptional stopping and cooling capability. The system also boasts significantly reduced weight, and a bespoke ceramic layer coats both friction surfaces to give an attractive mirrored finish.

The car can also be driven solely in electric mode. In city driving, with an average speed of 30 mph, this could mean up to a 20km range. More than enough for an owner to enter, for example, a city center Zero Emissions Zone, have dinner and return home.


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      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      can't wait to see clarkson and tiff needell drive this thing! just wow
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lachmund
        clarkson will **** his pants and tiff will scream like a child :D
      Rob Gomes
      • 1 Year Ago
      >zero to 300 km/h (186 mph) will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. This is 11 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (218 mph). So the car will probably hit its top speed from a standstill in under 30 seconds. Most sports cars need 75 - 90 seconds to hit their top speed from a standstill. Think about that. The car also is boasting something like 600kg of downforce, which means peak lateral G loads will be well in excess of 2G (possibly 2.5G), which is 0-5 - 0.6g more that the highest end sports cars. So it can get up to 125mph in 7 seconds. It will have the highest possible cornering speeds of any road car, due to the grip afforded by the aerodynamics. Even if it scrubs speed in corners, you can quickly recover it on account of its acceleration and the hybrid boost, to get back to high speeds as fast as possible. Basically, this is a momentum car of the highest caliber. This will be the first sub-1m10s car that can legitimately be on the Top Gear power lap board. The question is... how far under 1m 10s can it get? I'm thinking 1m06s is definitely possible. This thing is race car quick.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob Gomes
        So you think it can achieve 186 in 17 seconds and only need another 13 or less to get to 218? I suppose it's possible, but I feel like acceleration by automobiles is far less linear than you are thinking. The faster you go, the harder it is to go faster. There's a REASON why most cars taker a minute or more to reach their terminal velocity and that reason is physics. This car will be capable of breaking plenty of laws, just not those:)
          Eduardo Maal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Muttons
          Well, remember this car is electronically limited to 218mph. Considering its power and aerodynamics, I'm thinking it could probably reach Veyron level speeds, if it wasn't limited. Still, it would be interesting to compare this car's with the Huayra's specs, to see how much faster this car could be around the Top Gear track.
          Muttons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Muttons
          Guess I didn't think of the fact that 218 isn't really its terminal velocity, just its limited one. It's capable of much more so I guess 218 would probably come pretty quickly. Good points. Especially about the tires Tarheel. Never thought of that.
          Muttons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Muttons
          And Tarheel, I know I'm no Physics major, but how do wind resistance and aerodynamics factor into your 2/3 energy conclusion? Energy being directly related to the square of velocity is assuming no other outside forces, correct? Like in a frictionless vacuum?
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 1 Year Ago
      does that include the floor mats in the base price? Undercoating? That's how dealers always get you, you know?
      Stoil
      • 1 Year Ago
      "zero to 300 km/h (186 mph) will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. This is 11 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car" This is not entirely correct, the McLaren F1 hits 200mph (322km/h) in 28 seconds and 186mph (300km/h) in 23 seconds, so it is actually around 6 seconds faster, not 11 seconds
      • 1 Year Ago
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      kaneda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Looks like moving liquid. Incredible car. I understand why people feel the F1 was more or a stirring design. That car looked purposeful and like it was carved by engineering gods. This car looks and feels almost TOO MUCH like a concept car. I don't think we're ready for such a future-looking design. It looks like something we'd see in a Tom Cruise or Will Smith sci-fi movie. But make no mistake, it's gorgeous. Puts the Veyron design to shame. Can Ferrari answer with it's new Enzo replacement? We'll see. I have less than 50K in life savings. That's how far from this car I am.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kaneda
        That's how I feel as well. It's beautiful the way Kate Beckensdale is pretty. There's absolutely no doubt about it, but somehow it is just 'too perfect' to register emotionally. It's an incredible car, it is the new golden era of supercars.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      George Takei's reaction "oooohhhhhhhh mmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyy"
      vedi123
      • 1 Year Ago
      it´s a nice car but nowhere as special as the F1 back then. when the F1 or Veyron came out they were more than 1 generation ahead of all other cars.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interior wise I choose the Huayra, but exterior this McLaren takes it. I might not be a fan of the design elements that flow with the companies logo, but the rest is absolutely gorgeous. There are so many angles and curves that bend like no other car before. Brilliant work.
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a time to be rich. Porsche McLaren Lamborghini and Ferrari all have new hypercars just for you. I can see the comparison tests now, Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche all with brand new sports cars in every magazine on the shelf. M
      artso06
      • 1 Year Ago
      The design has grown on me. Impressive specs. Side Note: This is a great time in auto history. Companies like McLaren and Tesla excite. Pushing cars to the limit. Seeing the best of combustion and new fuels intertwining.
      SCOTTM
      • 1 Year Ago
      What new age tire compound does this thing have? Nano technology must be a big factor. Hate to see what it will cost to replace one of these!
        SCOTTM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SCOTTM
        Here we go.... "The tires fitted to the McLaren P1™ are specially developed P Zero Corsas, which have been developed with McLaren's technology partner, Pirelli. The team at Pirelli has been involved throughout the entire development program, and this has seen the tire testing phase integrated into the schedule, as a key performance component. The final compound and construction has been developed and optimised during testing, and the end result is a tire that is finely tuned specifically to the performance and handling characteristics".
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