McLaren Automotive is quite the busy bee at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , where the Brits will introduce two very fast, limited-edition cars — the track-exclusive McLaren P1 GTR and the MSO 650S . But vehicles aren’t the only things on the company’s mind, as the McLaren Boutique will feature a new line of merchandising consisting of clothes, accessories and many collectibles, most of which are inspired by the design of the 650S sports car and P1 supercar .
Among these products, McLaren enthusiasts will find a pair of McLaren P1 scale models. These come in 1:43 scale, measuring about 4.2 inches, and replicate two very important P1s. The first one is the Ametyst Black version that marked the supercar’s debut at Goodwood in 2013, while the second one is the Supernova Silver example that completed a sub-seven-minute lap on the Nurburgring track. Can’t afford a real P1 or you do but can’t buy one because the supercar is already sold out? Than these replicas are your best shot at owning a P1-shaped collectible.
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Affordable P1s For Everyone
Both models are crafted by True Scale Miniatures using real CAD data supplied by McLaren, which makes them precise representations of the actual P1. If you’re not familiar with True Scale Miniatures, then you should know it is a premium 1:18 and 1:43 scale model company based in the United States. Their 1:43 products are hand-built from resin and decorated with various photo-etched, metallic parts, and are ranked among the most accurate in the model car industry.
McLaren makes no mention of pricing, but the Goodwood Festival of Speed P1 retails for $70 on True Scale’s official website. However, expect these models to fetch more at the McLaren stand, most likely in excess of £50 ($85 as of 06/26/2014).
Why It Matters
Scale models serve many purposes, and one of them is to act as miniature replacements for real cars we can’t really afford. Let’s face it, very few average Joes like us can afford a million-dollar supercar. And most of those that do, can’t really buy a P1 until one of these 903-horsepower rockets hits the auction block. So these 1:43 replicas are basically the best options to replace the P1 void in your life, although you won’t be able to enjoy its hybrid V-8 powertrain. Be careful though, scale models are addictive. You buy a P1 today and, before you know it, you’re the Jay Leno of miniature cars.
Commonly known as the pinnacle of McLaren knowledge and technology, the McLaren P1 supercar blends everything the company has learned from decades of involvement in motorsport. It is also the first McLaren to feature a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine and an electric motor.
The combo cranks out no less than 903 horsepower and a whopping 1,100 pound-feet of torque, enabling the P1 to scream from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 217 mph. Retailed for around $1.15 million, the P1 will be built in just 375 units. As of 06/26/2014, the entire P1 production is sold out.
Gallery McLaren P1
McLaren Automotive will launch a new line of merchandising to suit all ages and pockets at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Clothes, collectables and accessories are inspired by the design and craftsmanship of the recently-launched McLaren 650S and the groundbreaking McLaren P1™. The collection will be available to purchase during the Festival at the McLaren Boutique, at the McLaren House.
McLaren P1™ models
Opening the collection is a pair of McLaren P1™ models inspired by two milestones from the brand’s recent history. The first model commemorates the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Amethyst Black McLaren P1™ that thrilled the crowd in one of the most dramatic runs in the event’s 20-year history. The car was taken up the Hill by 2009 Formula 1™ World Champion and McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ driver Jenson Button, providing the crowd with the first insight into its incredible dynamic potential.
Another model pays homage to the Supernova Silver example of the McLaren P1™ that completed a sub-seven minute lap on the fearsome Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. This final development objective required an average speed of at least 178 km/h (111 mph) around the 20.8 kilometre (13 mile) track, which includes over 150 corners, 300 metres of elevation changes and cornering forces of up to 2g. The car, codenamed XP2R, was driven by McLaren Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin.
These beautifully crafted 1:43 replicas have been precisely reproduced using real CAD data supplied by McLaren designers. Each model is presented on a support base and pays tribute to a significant chapter in the exhilarating development journey of the groundbreaking original.