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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.

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Back in May, an image surfaced online suggesting that the McLaren P1 supercar lapped the Nurburgring race track in 6:33 , breaking all the existing records for road-legal cars. That rumor was too good to be true, as McLaren offered an explanation that the image was just a "mood board" as inspiration to the design team.

Now, in the past month the McLaren P1 was caught cruising the ring many times and rumor has it that the supercar scored a time of 7:04, smashing the current official record of a production U.S.-street-legal car held by the Dodge Viper ACR with a time of 7:12.13 — yes, the Gumpert Apollo and Radical SR8LM are both faster and road-legal in other countries, but not in the U.S..

Apparently McLaren is not very happy with the result and does not want to confirm the time, as the car was too slow. Rumors are bouncing around that a company source said that the lap time was about 5 seconds slower than initially expected. This make us hope that the P1 will end up doing a a sub-7-minute lap before McLaren decides to pull the plug on Nurburgring runs.

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Back in May, McLaren and Forza Motorsport teamed up and announced a contest where fans "liked" the official Facebook competition app page, watch the launch video and guess the location of the starting grid in the trailer. The winner would be the first non-McLaren employee to ride in the new McLaren P1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed .

You can imagine that thousands of people entered the contest, but the winner ended up being Andrew Freeman and his winning story is rather ironic. He decided to enter the contest just last 10 minutes before the deadline for entries and two days later, McLaren contacted him to let him know that he was about to have the ride of his lifetime.

The McLaren P1 was driven by Chris Goodwin, McLaren’s chief test driver, and it looks like Andrew Freeman had a lot of fun in the passenger’s seat. We bet that just about anyone would have had a blast. It’s not everyday you have the chance to be in a 900-horsepower supercar .

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The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed brought together the best supercars in the world this past weekend. One very special model, the McLaren P1 , saw its way up the hill with Former Formula One World Champion Jenson Button behind the wheel.

Button was quite impressed by the amount of power delivered by the P1 and he managed to complete the course in about 53 seconds.

The awesome performance is no surprise, considering the McLaren P1 combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the 12C with a twin-clutch transmission with an embedded electric motor to create a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque at launch. As a result, the P1 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.

Check out the video to see how fun this experience was for Button.

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Should we be surprised about McLaren ’s decision to offer a more powerful version for its new P1 supercar ? We certainly aren’t. Ever since the McLaren revealed the P1, it has been touting an upgraded hybrid system will deliver more than it does in the base version.

Today, our spy photographers caught a very strange P1 prototype testing at Nϋrburgring that It wears "XP2R" lettering and it was marked as a prototype vehicle. Obviously, this is no ordinary P1. Could it be a spiritual successor for the McLaren F1 LM ?

We know very few details on the new P1 XP2R version, but rumbling in the industry indicates that it will deliver more power than the current P1. This current P1uses a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with an electric motor for a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

If this prototype becomes a reality, you can bet that McLaren will build the X2PR in limited numbers. We’ll get back with more details on this special XP2R as soon as we have them. Stay tuned!

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If you are not impressed with the current McLaren P1 , you should know it could get even more impressive, as the McLaren is considering a full bare-carbon-fiber option. This whole discussion stems from a client who is preparing to buy a P1 and while deciding what options he wanted on his model, he mistakenly believed that McLaren offered a full bare-carbon-fiber option at no cost.

Other companies charge upwards of $150,000 for this option, so how could McLaren pull it off for free? Well, the fact of the matter is that the customer was sadly mistaken, as there is no full bare-carbon-fiber option for the P1, let alone a free one.

When asked about this possibility, McLaren said that the company is indeed considering such an option because many customers have asked for it, but there is no way the company will offer it at no extra cost.

To date, McLaren offers the bare-carbon-fiber option at a no cost for the roof, front bumper section and the sections within the doors. This is likely where the customer became confused.

A final decision on a full-carbon-fiber option will be announced soon, as will the anticipated $100,000-plus price tag.

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McLaren , in cooperation with Xbox, will offer one lucky gamer the possibility to be a passenger in the McLaren P1 supercar at the famous Goodwood Hill course. Along with this, the winner will be part of McLaren’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The contest follows the recent announcement of the McLaren P1 as the cover star for the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 5 game.

Talking about the new contest, Greg Levine, Sales and Marketing Director, McLaren Automotive said: "This is an exciting time for both McLaren and Microsoft, with both brands launching true game-changers on to the market in the shape of the McLaren P1 and Forza Motorsport 5 on the Xbox One. We share key values, employ cutting-edge technologies and both strive to innovate through groundbreaking methods."

To enter the competition, all you have to do is visit www.ForzaMcLarenRide.com, like the page and you will be automatically entered in the competition.

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The "Need for Speed" movie has been getting plenty of publicity the past few days. A day after it was announced that the Ford Mustang will play a starring role in the movie, a new video "Making-Of" trailer was released on the "Need for Speed" YouTube channel. And it shows quite a lot of carnage of the supercar variety.

We’ve already touched on the McLaren P1 being a part of the movie a few months ago. Apparently, the P1 is there alright, together with a slew of other high-priced exotics, like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport , the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento , and the Koenigsegg Agera .

But what really caught our eye was the untimely demise of the P1, which made us wonder if all those supercars in the movie are actually replicas instead of the real thing.

Now, we wouldn’t put it past Dreamworks Studios and Electronic Arts to get the real McCoys, but if you watch the video and see what happened to the $1.15 million P1, you’re gonna start wondering about the studios plans for these cars.

Click past the jump to watch the trailer and watch out for the P1 doing a real-looking crash

Now this is a little embarrassing, wouldn’t you say?

The McLaren P1 was supposed to be the crown jewel of the British automaker; a testament to the ingenuity of the company and manifested in a finely chiseled package.

Well, that was the prevaling thought, at least until the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este when the McLaren P1 mysteriously conked out at the most inopportune of time.

Whoops.

In this video captured by Marchettino, you can see McLaren engineers frantically trying to get the P1 up and running. The exercise, unfortunately, proved to be futile and McLaren was left with little recourse but to tow up in a truck and presumably send it back to Woking.

You can even look a little closer and you might notice that a BMW engineer went in and helped push the car into the where it was going to get craned back inside a trailer.

Talk about getting egg splattered all over your face.

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The McLaren P1 made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and now, almost three months later, the first P1 unit finally arrived in the U.S. The first model was spotted at McLaren ’s dealership in Newport Beach, California.

The P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine combined with an embedded electric motor to create a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque at launch. With this amount of power the P1 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.

This video is offering you a closer look on the new P1, showing both the exterior and the carbon fiber-wrapped interior cabin - the best look so far.

The P1 is limited to only 375 units, each carrying a price tag of $1.15 million.

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The current lap record for a road-legal car around the famous Nürburgring track is held by the Radical SR8 LM with a time of 6:48. The record was established on August 19, 2009 with Michael Vergers behind the wheel. However, it looks like things might be changing.

When McLaren designed the newP1 supercar the company announced it focused on making the car racetrack fast and not a top-speed monster.

Well, an image that just surfaced on the internet (above) makes it look like McLaren has accomplished this goal, and then some. This image alludes to the fact that the P1 circled the ’Ring in just 6:33, which would make it the fastest street-legal car to perform said task. In fact, this result would make it even faster than the non-street-legal Zonda R, which lapped the same track in 6:47.

Until McLaren officially confirms this result, we’ll just have to hope it’s for real! We do have serious doubts on its legitimacy, however…

UPDATE 5/23/2013 @ 2:07 p.m.: Thanks to Jalopnik for digging up more info from McLaren on this topic. It turns out that this slide is an official one from McLaren, but it is not an official time. Rather, it is part of a "mood board" as inspiration to the design team. Engineers are working on getting the P1 around the `Ring under 7 minutes, though, so this still may be a reality some day.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1 and learn which are the fastest cars around Nürburgring.

Source: Jalopnik

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