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BY: Bix

McLaren P1 Hits The American Southwest

For testing. And to see the Alamo, maybe.

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The McLaren P1 will be on the streets soon, though with only 375 available (and almost all of them sold out), odds of seeing one are pretty slim. Especially if you live in the American Southwest, where people are few and far between to begin with—let alone those with enough money to drop a million dollars on a McLaren supercar.

So odds are good that you’ll never see another nice set of pictures like these of the McLaren P1 in the John Ford-esque deserts of Arizona, Nevada and California. Be glad McLaren not only does hot-weather testing on their 900 horsepower supercars, but that they also brought along a camera man.

[via McLaren]

September 16, 2013 at 08:00 PM
BY: Bix

Want a McLaren P1? Too Bad

Unless you live in Europe, in which case, you're in luck.

So you finally did it. You sold your old house and moved into a smaller one, cashed in your 401(k), sold your soul for a high-paying thankless Wall Street job, and killed a few homeless people and sold their organs to the Chinese mob, all so you could pull together the $1.3 million or so you needed to buy a McLaren P1. And then…you find out it’s sold out. (more…)

August 30, 2013 at 06:33 PM
BY: Bix

McLaren Drops The P1 Specs. And, Well, Daaaamn.

You're gonna want to see this.

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    McLaren also released the first pictures of the production version of the P1 today, which, as you can see, differs very little from the concept. Which is good.
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Give credit to the PR team at McLaren, everybody. They know how to work the system. While Ferrari’s been witholding almost everything about the new “F150” supercar in advance of its Geneva Motor Show reveal, McLaren has been dripping new details about the P1 out on a regular basis, grabbing more and more of the all-important web traffic in the process. And today, McLaren released the details we were all waiting for: the performance and the price.

So let’s get right down to it. The McLaren P1 will blast from 0-62 mph in less than three seconds, from 0-124 mph in less than seven seconds, and 0-186 mph in less than 17 seconds. Top speed isn’t the point of the car, so McLaren’s electronically governed it to 217 mph—the same speed the Lamborghini Aventador stops at, though a quick look at the acceleration charts suggest the P1 will get there an awful lot more quickly.

All that performance will cost you $1,150,000, and it comes fully loaded—the only options are a custom luggage set and whatever bespokery you want to perform on the interior through McLaren’s Special Operations division. Only 375 McLaren P1s will be built for the entire world, though, so if you have the money (and we hate you if you do), go call the McLaren dealership right freaking now. [via McLaren]

Press Release:

Feb 26, 2013

Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) provides astonishing acceleration: 0 to 300 km/h takes less than 17 seconds, more than 23 per cent faster than the legendary McLaren F1
Top speed electronically limited to 350 km/h
To maintain exclusivity, production will be strictly limited to 375 units
Pricing to start from £866,000 on the road; fully equipped as standard for road and track use
Production model is almost unchanged from the original design study

McLaren Automotive has released the final numbers, images and information relating to its phenomenal 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 will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 km/h under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 km/h will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. Putting that into perspective, that’s 5 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h.

McLaren has been engaging with potential customers actively in the last few months to get their views on the McLaren P1™, about the car’s styling. Their unanimous verdict on the styling was not to change the car presented last September in Paris. So unusually, the McLaren P1™ has translated to production form with very little change. In fact just one, the addition of LTR ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce.

McLaren has closely monitored demand so as to maintain exclusivity, and announced a production number of just 375 units – a figure that will ensure the McLaren P1™ will remain a rarity and, if spotted on the road, an unforgettable sight.

McLaren has also announced that the car will cost from £866,000 on the road with 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 comprehensively equipped as standard with an array of colour and trim alternatives from which the customer will be able to choose as well as visible carbon fibre in the cabin. 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 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 tyres 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 programme, and this has seen the tyre 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 tyre 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.

One surprising feature is that 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 centre Zero Emissions Zone, have dinner and return home.

February 26, 2013 at 03:49 PM
BY: Bix

McLaren P1: 903 Horsepower, 664 Pound-Feet...And It's A Plug-In

Twin turbo V8 meets plug-in battery pack.

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In their quest to make sure every detail about the new P1 is revealed before the Geneva Motor Show rolls around—at which point we’ll all be distracted by flashy Ferraris and limited-edition Lamborghinis—McLaren today released the long-awaited powertrain details of their new supercar. (more…)

February 20, 2013 at 04:30 PM
BY: Bix

McLaren P1 Farts Fire, Nears Production

Hope you have your deposit ready.

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The McLaren P1 supercar is just about finished cooking—the design is pretty much locked in, as we found out when it popped by NYC for us to see it, and the final production model is expected to show up at the Geneva Motor Show in March. (more…)

January 25, 2013 at 02:12 PM
BY: Bix

Live From New York, It's The McLaren P1!

We go face to face with McLaren's Big Mac.

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    That dark area behind the mesh will be gone on the production car, so from this angle, you'd see straight into the powertrain.
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    This pic gives a good sense of the Big Mac's size (i.e. not very big).
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That’s right, bitches—we got to see the McLaren P1 concept firsthand today, and you didn’t. Unless you were one of the very wealthy gentlemen who also attended the private event to check out the car and see if they’re interested in adding it to their multimillion-dollar automotive portfolios. (more…)

December 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM