As we wait for the McLaren P1 to enter production, it appears there are still some growing pains with the $1.14-million hybrid supercar. While on display at Italy's recent Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza, this P1 – which appears to be the same one we saw at the Geneva Motor Show – failed to awaken from its slumber when called upon. As there is no escaping from cameras these days, you'll be unsurprised to learn that at least one attentive attendee captured it all on video.

When attempting to fire up the P1, the video shows that there was no response from the pushbutton starter, while error messages on the gauge cluster that included "Park Brake Fault – Call McLaren Service Centre" and "ESC Fault Vehicle Limphome - Go to McLaren Service Centre" appeared on the screen. There is no word as to what caused this no-start condition. We're sure McLaren would have preferred this happen in a more private setting rather than in front of Villa d'Este's typically mega-rich visitors, many of whom are doubtlessly prospective – if not current – customers. Scroll down to watch McLaren reps frantically try to get the P1 started before pushing it onto a trailer.


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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Two words: Lucas Electrics
      Daekwan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm just happy to finally see a tow-ring being using for what it was designed for. And not just for decoration, like the million's of ricer racer Civics around the world that have them.
        fabulous71
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Daekwan
        I have a ricer racer civic, and I don't rock one of those.
      me
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is usually where a chic pats you on the back and say don't worry it happens to all guys at some point in life....I won't tell anyone...... Lol
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @me
        ...and you hope she really means it!
        MTTS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @me
        I feel like I know you far more than I should with that statement.
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      So sad when you know how hard these guys have worked.
      jamsbong
      • 1 Year Ago
      The little boy pushed the car up the ramp! haha.. so cute
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      "P1 won't start? Got Noble?"
      themassmauler
      • 1 Year Ago
      ESC stands for electronic stability control
      Farmboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is how our tow hook works. Also useful for race-prepped P1s.
      Astutent
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I were them, I would've pretended like it was working, and there just for show until I could secretely haul it off after dark
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pre-production, prototype, does not matter, all sold anyway. If anyone has a supercar that you know will be reliable and most likely not to burn you to death, it is McLaren.
      Alex Butti
      • 1 Year Ago
      What an awesome car!!! I'm sure they already found the problem and fixed it. I wish I had the means to own one...
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alex Butti
        You can own 1 or more......on Forza.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its like showing off a mansion to potential buyers and the front door won't budge! Classic.
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