It’s hard to fathom but the P1 is already five years old! The McLaren, which was conceived from the very beginning to be the best driver’s car in the world on both the road and the track, was the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 road car built in the Nineties.
Using five decades of McLaren motorsport experience, the P1 was the first model in the Ultimate Series. It was also massive leap in technology and took performance levels to all-new levels.
“The McLaren P1 is the most exciting, capable and dynamically accomplished supercar ever and a showcase for McLaren’s innovation and technology,” said Mike Flewitt, chief executive officer, McLaren Automotive. “Absolute top speed was never the priority; we set out to develop a car that could be driven to a racing circuit and at the press of a button be the fastest-ever series production car on the track, which is a much more important technical statement and of far greater relevance to on-road driving,” he added.
The full production run of 375 cars was sold and allocated before the first was even delivered and no two examples were the same. Each model was custom-built to owner-specification in consultation with McLaren Special Operations (MSO).
The hybrid, petrol-electric powertrain featured a modified version of McLaren’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 tuned to develop 727bhp combined with a lightweight electric motor producing 176bhp. Together, the P1’s output was 903bhp and it could do the 0-100kph sprint in just 2.8 seconds, 0-200kph in 6.8 seconds and 0-300kph in 16.5 seconds.