McLaren P1

McLaren P1

  The McLaren P1 was first unveiled in concept form at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and the production model is due to drop by an auto show sometime in 2013. We anticipate the production model hitting showrooms as a 2014 model, boasting a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with upward of 800 horsepower.

Although most customers, including famed car collector Jay Leno , ordered their rare and expensive McLaren P1s in stock form, a few enthusiasts actually opted for their prized supercar to make a stop at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) before reaching their garage.

This is exactly what an Italian customer did, as he wanted his P1 to wear a bespoke paint job that’s not available on the standard vehicle and that we likely won’t see on any other P1 that’s scheduled to pass through the MSO workshop.

Finished in a dark shade of grey with bright-red accents on the front, the doors, and both sides of the taillights and rear diffuser, the McLaren P1 you’re about to see in the video above is also the only one sold and registered in Italy. If that’s not a rare sight, we don’t know what is.

As a brief reminder, McLaren built only 375 P1s and buyers have snatched them all up for at least $1.15 million. The British supercar makes use of a hybrid powertrain that churns a total of 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

There are only a handful of people in this world who have the opportunity of sitting behind the wheel of a McLaren P1 and putting it through the paces.

Motor Trend’s Ignition web series got the opportunity to be one of those few lucky ones, and as you can expect, host Carlos Lago went to town with the P1, stretching it in ways very few supercars in this world are capable of.

Featuring some of the most advanced technology in the industry, including those derived from Formula One , the P1 has indeed risen to the top of the pecking order as one of the best examples of a car that has put all its tools and characteristics in the right place, in line with McLaren’s goal for the exotic to become one of the best driver’s cars in the world.

To be honest, we didn’t need Lago to tell us the things that make the P1 awesome because quite frankly, all of us knows them already. But it surely doesn’t hurt watching Lago get a chance to take the P1 out for three laps of scintillating fun with McLaren’s newest crown jewel. One thing Lago did do for us is sneak off to a runway and show us how fast the P1 hits 60 mph and 100 mph, and how quick it can run the quarter-mile.

The perks of being Jay Leno seemingly has no bounds these days. Whereas most of us would call it a lucky day just to own a car that has four wheels and takes us from point A to point B, Leno’s definition of a lucky day is finally receiving the McLaren P1 .

Oh, to be that guy.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno finally gets his hands on his personal P1 and proceeds to make the rest of the auto world green with envy with his proclamation that he had already put "1,000 miles" on it. Care to give us a ride in that mighty machine, Jay?

But the real meat of the episode focused on his guest, Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. Together, the two talked shop about McLaren Automotive’s history and the success the company has had since it first introduced the F1 a little over 20 years ago. From there, the discussion eventually moved to the P1, the company’s latest supercar that has pretty much exceeded all the expectations everyone has set on it since the time development began. He also tried to trick Flewitt into revealing the rumored 7-minute Nurburgring time of the P1.

Or as Leno puts it, the P1 has made even the most hardened of auto journalists "gush over it like school children." To that, we can’t argue with him.

Check out the rest of the episode as Jay takes his new P1 out for a drive on the streets of Los Angeles. Chances are, you’d be dying to ride shotgun by the time the episode’s over.

With all due respect to all other supercars in the world, there’s nothing quite like seeing a McLaren P1 dressed in all black and rampaging around a world famous circuit like the Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium .

That’s exactly the sight a hand full of people witnessed when McLaren decided to hold what looks a testing session or track day event at Spa. The P1 was even accompanied by a few other McLaren models out enjoying their time out on track. Even still, it’s the P1 that really got all the attention.

This video further confirms the P1 falls within the ranks of those vehicles that appear to be in motion while merely sitting still. Those swooping lines and curvacious body panels exude so much emotion and evoke such a spirit of speed. What’s more, the short film captures the P1 actually carving the track, proving that it’s just as at home on the circuit as it is inside a collector’s garage.

The P1 had some shaky twitches in the start, something we’ll pin as the driver’s responsibility, but overall, the car looked planted and totally controlled throughout its time on the track.

How it must feel like to get behind the wheel of one...

While most customers still have to wait for their McLaren P1 as production is set to stretch until next year, the British manufacturer is reportedly already working on a new iteration of its halo supercar .

According to Autocar, McLaren is exploring the possibility of developing a track-exclusive P1 that customers will be able to drive during special course days similar to Corse Clienti events organized by Ferrari .

The project is in its infancy phase, but apparently McLaren already got in touch with all 375 owners of the P1 to ask whether they would be interested in such a vehicle. The initiative comes after several customers have asked the Brits if they would consider making a track-only supercar.

Details are obviously scarce, but it’s safe to assume that a track-focused P1 will feature more extreme aerodynamics and an upgraded suspension tuned for race course use. McLaren could also try and squeeze more power out of the hybrid powertrain, but significant increases in power and torque aren’t likely.

Internally known as McLaren P1 Track, the race car will only be sold to customers that have already bought the road-legal P1 supercar, the report adds. We bet Jay Leno has already commissioned one.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Source: AutoCar

The year 2013 was an awesome time for the supercar world, with plenty of models launched during the year’s most coveted auto shows. However, only three hypercars had what it took to stand out of the lot - the Ferrari LaFerrari , the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder .

All three carry badges of immense significance and come with enormous power under the hood. More importantly, all of them are equipped with a hybrid powertrain, a technology that places them in a category of their own, with plenty of comparisons done... on paper.

Of course, getting the LaFerrari, the P1 and the 918 in a three-way, head to head comparison is nearly impossible, but drawing conclusions based on specs ain’t that easy either. And the reasons are quite simple: most of them are only estimates and have yet to be tested in the real environment.

Fortunately, these issues are finally starting to go away with more and more journalists getting to test the these supercars. For instance, the exclusive LaFerrari was hooned by reporters from several magazines last month, with most reviews having already been released.

But this time we’re not here to talk about the Italian hypercar, but to have a look at Motor Trend’s recent encounter with the McLaren P1. Not only because they got a chance to drive the British beast, but because they were the first to put together an acceleration test and provide some actual performance figures.

As expected, the results are incredible and prove that the P1 is one of the fastest production car ever built. With a 0-to-60 sprint time of just 2.6 seconds, the P1 is actually as quick as the Bugatti Veyron , a supercar that sports a W-16 engine with more than 1,000 horsepower on tap. Moreover, the hybrid is able to complete the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds at 148.9 mph, making it the quickest production vehicle ever tested in Motor Trend’s 65-year history.

These figures place the P1 above the Porsche 918 Spyder - the German car needs 2.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing start - but it’s still unclear whether the McLaren is quicker than the LaFerrari.

Click past the jump for the video and more details on the McLaren P1.

Source: MotorTrend

Some of us consider buying a new pair of Jordans as money well spent. But for a guy like Jay Leno , Jordans just don’t cut it anymore. If you want to get this guy all giddy, he needs to buy something he really wants, which in this case happens to be a McLaren P1 .

Recently, Leno was captured taking the P1 out to stretch its legs and by looking at how excited he was just by getting out of it, you can tell that Leno already has a soft spot for this incredible piece of British engineering. If it weren’t so big, we would have thought he’s been hugging it in bed every night since he received it.

The McLaren P1 is a legitimate bad-ass, one that’s capable of producing a staggering 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. That allows the P1 to cover 0-to-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, faster than some of us can move our foot from the brake to the gas pedal when a traffic light turns green. Top speed is at 217 mph, which pretty much means it’s ridiculously fast.

Yes, we know what you’re thinking! The guys over at Top Gear finally got a chance to do a lap of their Dunsfold Aerodrome track in the McLaren P1 . Well, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Driving the British supercar you’re about to see in the video above is not The Stig, but Chris Goodwin — McLaren ’s chief test driver.

We don’t know whether the former race car driver was actually conducting any relevant testing or just having some fun, but we do know that this was the first time a McLaren P1 lapped the small course that has seen thousands of vehicles roaring upon it throughout its life.

Although there’s no actual lap time available for us to compare to other Top Gear’s famous list of cars, the footage show the P1 in its natural environment. The vehicle’s hooned at full throttle, its brakes are put to good use and you’ll even notice a bit of oversteer through the fast corners.

If this video is not enough to quench your thirst for the P1, make sure you stick around because there’s more coming our way. The YouTube user that uploaded this clip says we should be getting a full POV from the driver’s seat, as well as some track footage with the supercar in E-mode, soon enough.

Few people can really afford a supercar like the McLaren P1 , which is one of the reasons why the British manufacturer decided to build only 375 of them.

Sure, the $1.15-million hybrid sold out in a matter of months, a hint that McLaren could’ve produced more, but that doesn’t change anything — the P1 just wasn’t aimed at the average Joe.

Most of us will never get to drive McLaren’s ultimate hypercar, which is bound to make its way onto our long list of forbidden, outrageous vehicles that already includes the Bugatti Veyron and the Ferrari LaFerrari . Sounds pretty depressing, huh?

Well, not exactly. The fact that we’re not able to toss money around when it comes to utterly expensive cars shouldn’t stop us from enjoying and celebrating the supercar phenomenon. Who knows, maybe at some point we’ll be lucky enough to get a shotgun ride in a P1.

But until that happens, we’re here to twist the knife in your wounds with nearly three minutes of POV footage. The clip was shot at the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in the United Kingdom, during a supercar meet, and shows an orange P1 flexing its muscles on a straight line up to 175 miles per hour.

Need more salt on that wound? Then you should know that the lucky passenger is an attendee that got the ride of his life after winning a charity donation event. So start donating folks!

Jay Leno has taken delivery of a new supercar . What else is new, right? This time, though, Leno’s new baby isn’t just any supercar; it’s actually the first US-Spec McLaren P1 delivered to a private owner.

McLaren of Beverly Hills made the confirmation of Leno’s historic new ride and boy, is it pretty to look at. Dressed in a Volcano Yellow finish, Leno’s new prized purchase —all $1.4 million worth — is as groundbreaking as it comes in the supercar world.

Featuring a litany of technological advancements, the P1 is the crowning achievement of McLaren engineering. The P1 that has taken the mantle of being the fastest and most powerful McLaren ever built. And it runs on hybrid technology, too.

Leno has never been shy about tossing his money around when it comes to high-prized exotics. The comedian is a well-documented gearhead with a car collection that would make Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection look tame by comparison. But without the Late Night money rolling in any longer, he may need to tap Jimmy Fallon for a loan if he keeps up at this pace.

Regardless, bow he gets to add another car to his collection, much to his enjoyment and much to our collective envy. Be easy on your new bird, Jay Leno!


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