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.

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.


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.

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The 2014 P1 just dropped onto the market and McLaren officials are already talking about a successor for the supercar. McLaren sales and marketing boss Greg Levine confirmed in an interview with AutoCar that the company is planning a successor for the P1 but not for "at least ten years."

He confirmed that while developing the P1 project , McLaren wanted to develop "the best super sports car the world has ever seen until a successor is built." And, in order to remain exclusive, the P1 needs to stay on sale for a short while and after that the company "needs to step back from the market for a few years."

Talking about the P1, he said that the company sold about three-quarters from the 375 units that McLaren plans to build. Also, it looks like there are customers who have ordered two P1 units and that more than 30 cars have been fully customized by customers.

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Source: AutoCar
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McLaren P1

When McLaren announced the initial details on the 2014 P1 , it announced that a total of 375 units would be produced. However, since the ordering books were officially opened at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the company received orders for more than 250 units.

The orders came from McLaren’s biggest markets — Europe, U.S. and Middle East — and officials hope that the remaining 100, or so, units will find their way to customers from Asia. It looks like people weren’t too put off by the supercar’s huge price of $1.15 million.

In an interview with AutoCar, a senior McLaren manager said: "We are ahead of our targets and we still have 500 hot sales prospects on our list." This list includes of course both the P1, but also the MP4-12C in both coupe and convertible versions.

On the other side of Europe, more precisely in Italy, things are going very well for the biggest competitor to the P1 , as Ferrari received more than 1,000 orders for the LaFerrari , but production will be limited to only 499 units.

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McLaren P1 unveil at the Paris Motor Show 2012 Exterior "It is engineering design led. Yet it is a striking and handsome car. The P1 reflects McLaren’s core values. It celebrates aerodynamics, great packaging and light weight. It is all about innovative technology. At the very beginning, we sought to develop a car that you could drive to a racing circuit, then press a button and race it. Maximum speed was never a priority. It’s much more technically challenging, and more meaningful, to (...)
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So many enthusiasts are champing at the bit for the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, but that’s not the only car movie in the game right now. A movie based on the hit video game, Need For Speed, is currently in production and is penciled in for a March 14, 2014 release. According to a picture snapped in Mendocino County, California, it looks like the new movie will feature one of the car’s that impressed the world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show: the McLaren P1.

Along with the P1, the images also reveal a bunch of other great supercars, including the Porsche Cayenne, Ford Mustang, Bugatti Veyron and the Saleen S7.

The 2014 Need For Speed movie tells the story of a young man fresh released from prison. The street racer was framed by a wealthy business associate to join a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

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McLaren P1

When McLaren was testing the P1 prototypes, it announced that the company will focus on obtaining the best street and track performance, while top speed was left in second place. In an interview at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ron Dennis announced the P1 will smash world records on both the Nürburgring and the Top Gear lap record at Dunsfold.

He claimed that the P1 will lap Nürburgring in under 7 seconds - a very ambitious plan considering the only two models that have managed to obtain this result were the Radical SR8 (6:55) and SR8 LM (6:48). Considering the MP4-12C lapped the famous ring in just 7:28, we presume that all the updates the P1 received are enough to considerably improve the supercar’s lap time.

When it comes about the Top Gear lap record, Dennis announced the lap time will be improved by 10 seconds when compared to the time obtained by the Pagani Huayra.

We are not too sure if these results will really be obtained, but for sure it was an attempt to steal the show back from the LaFerrari.

Source: Cars UK

The new McLaren P1 supercar will make its world debut tomorrow at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but if you were lucky enough to be in Geneva today you could have already seen the P1 displayed on the Geneva floor, much like the lucky and hard-working YouTube user, Shmee150, who managed to shoot this cool video.

As no surprise, the production version remains pretty much identical to the concept car we saw back in 2012. Under the hood, the P1 will combine a revised 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with a low-weight, highly efficient electric motor. This hybrid system will deliver a total of 903 horsepower, which will sprint the P1 from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed electronically limited to 217 mph.

Full details on the new McLaren P1 will be revealed tomorrow during the car’s official debut in Geneva.

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