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.

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!

Every now and again, a car somehow finds a way to strike up unbridled emotion and response from its driver not usually uncovered during the normal happenings of life — even if those happenings include driving hypercars around a track. That’s exactly what’s going on for Richard Meaden of Evo as he pilots a 2014 McLaren P1 around the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Though pushing a car to its limits is nothing new for Meaden, the P1 offers a new, more raw emotion that brings back memories of his first supercar experience more than 20 years prior. It’s hard to imagine ourselves handling the experience with as much tact and restraint. Heck, we’d probably doing something we regretted.

The P1 evicts emotions with its 727-horspower, 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that also makes 531 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with the electric motor’s power to get a grand total of 903 horsepower and an impressive 664 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission slaps out shifts faster than you can imagine, while pushing the 3,086-pound car to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 217 mph. Its acceleration times are blindingly quick even past 62 mph, as the McLaren reaches 152 mph in just 9.8 seconds.

I suggest taking an eight-minute break to watch this spectacular video of what the McLaren P1 does best.

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Chris Harris leads a very charmed work life. Not only does he get near and dear to some of the world’s finest supercars , but as part of his work, he gets to actually drive these machines and give his opinions about it.

It’s the kind of work that everybody would love to wake up doing. Recently, the cool factor of Harris’ work went up 900 levels when he was given the chance to take the McLaren P1 out for a spin both on the road and the track.

Nobody needs to remind us about the sheer awesomeness of the P1 , least of all Harris, who is actually one of the few people in the world who can compare this British supercar to a lot of its competition, including the Porsche 918 Spyder.

But we gotta admit, seeing Harris spend close to 30 minutes with the P1 makes us envy his job. There’s no shame in saying that, because we know a lot of you feel the same way.

So we’ve all heard of the "Race" mode in the new P1 , but few of us have yet to actually see it do its best impersonation of a car from "Transformers." The always-eager-to-please Shmee took matters into his own hands by heading to Dubai and tracking down a 2014 P1 to show us what really happens when it goes into this awesome mode.

Many of these special modes only modify the height of the car slightly, the shift points and the stiffness of the dampers. The P1, on the other hand, goes into full "Transformers" mode by raising the rear spoiler, sticking out its chin spoiler and dropping the ride height right before your eyes.

On top of the exterior transformation, the driver also gets a look at things from the LCD display, as it shows you exactly what changes the car is making in real time. Additionally, you get to hear all the ominous whirrs and buzzes as things on the outside scurry about to get the McLaren supercar ready for the track.

Simply fantastic work, and hats off to Shmee for thinking of filming this.

ASMA Design has a history of building some pretty impressive programs for a variety of supercars and while it technically hasn’t started on one for the McLaren P1 , it’s safe to say that judging by the rendering it released on what the P1 would look like after it’s done with it, ASMA should do it as soon as humanly possible.

One look and you can immediately tell that the P1’s level of aesthetic wonder just went to overdrive. The added vents and ducts, in particular, do more than just making the P1 look more tiger-fierce, but the improved air flow and aerodynamic stability are all equally important in giving the supercar more balance.

After all, when you’re talking about a car that features a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces a staggering 903 horsepower, you’re going to be need to be able to control all those horses running under its hood. Add that to the fact that the P1 is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 218 mph makes us wonder whether ASMA Design has a performance tune in store for the McLaren exotic.

Maybe somewhere close to 1,100 ponies, perhaps?

We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but holy mackerel, wouldn’t that be just sick?!

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McLaren P1

Apparently, the McLaren P1 ’s Nurburgring lap times is still a mystery, and we’re not sure why McLaren is still keeping it a secret. Back in October 2013, a video showed a P1 supercar lapping the ’Ring in 6 minutes and 47 seconds, but back in September, more rumors suggested that the 2014 McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring track in 7:04 .

Now, according to AutoCar, it looks like the P1 actually lapped the ’Ring in closer to the 6:30 mark. Apparently the British magazine got their info from a McLaren insider during a recent test drive of the supercar .

In talking about the car’s rumored 6:47 lap time, this McLaren insider said that the P1 is "a fair bit quicker than that." This likely means that it is faster than the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder, which lapped the same ring in 6:57 .

We just wish that McLaren would stop being so secretive about the official time and just come out with it already. We’re growing tired of the rumors...

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Source: Autocar
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It’s not always a good thing to let your mind run completely wild, but every now and again a good things do happen when you let go for a bit. And this McLaren P1 by German Special Customs is one of those times when it may have been better to just ignore those little voices in your head. This thing — that’s about all we can classify it as — is among the first tuning kits offered for the P1 , and we can only hope that future ones will look better.

What’s interesting about this new "Night Glow" package is that GSC managed to increase the 3.8-liter engine’s output to more than 1,000 horsepower, representing an increase of more than 100 horses over the base version.

In order to obtain this increase, GSC installed a new exhaust system with two round 100 mm (3.9-inch) exhaust tips, which were inspired by the driving engine of a fighter jet.

So far so good, but this is where things start to fall apart for this tuned P1.

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

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McLaren P1

Imagine driving a car on a rainy day with no windshield wipers. Sure, water-repelling chemicals help a bit, but without wipers, driving could get tricky. Modern automobiles are a result of over 100 years of evolution, and today’s supercars are unlike anything the father of the automobile would’ve dreamed of.

The 21st-century automobile is a complex system of mechanical and electronic parts, but some old bits, like the windshield wipers, are still a part of each and every car that rolls out of its respective factory. Well, McLaren has now embarked on a quest to completely revolutionize the concept of the windshield wiper.

The company plans to replace the mechanical wiper with an invisible force that would make these parts unnecessary. According to McLaren ’s chief designer, Frank Stephenson, McLaren is currently working on a system that will use high-frequency sound waves across the windshield to keep it free of all debris, which is similar to the system used on modern fighter jets today.

Modern supercars do look like road-going fighter jets and use carbon composites and other materials from the aeronautics industry, so why not add more aerospace technology to the mix?

Mechanical wipers cause substantial aerodynamic loses and when it comes to supercars, like the McLaren P1 , engineers spend months on end perfecting its aero-performance.So, the industry would definitely benefit if wipers as we know are replaced by sound waves.

What McLaren in planning, is to use an ultrasonic transducer to emit 30 kHz sound waves to help debris just bounce off the windshield. Of course, this a more simplified explanation and we’re sure it’s much more complicated than that.

There is no word on when this technology may be ready.

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McLaren will make just 375 examples of the P1 hypercar and each one of them is sold. Now that there are none left, one would have to wait for a P1 to pop up on the used-car market. Almost certainly, it won’t come cheap, as the standard car costs over a million dollars and given that 73 percent of the 375 units have been ordered with various options and personalized interiors, finding a basic, used McLaren P1 would be pretty difficult.

Having said that, if you do happen to have $2 million in spare cash lying around and have the urge to buy one for yourself, then you’re in luck. A dealership in Dubai Dubai is offering a used McLaren P1 for sale. Keep in mind that the term "used" is more of a technicality than anything, as it actually has zero miles on the odometer. The dealership bought the car direct from McLaren, which technically makes it a used car. This is currently the only known McLaren P1 for sale.

This specific example of the McLaren P1 has a yellow exterior with carbon-fiber trims and a black interior. You can checkout the car here.

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