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.

The P1 debuted in the 2014 model year with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1 GTR.

This new P1 is starting to take shape, as the British manufacturer has released preliminary details on the race-spec supercar . In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 will carry the same GTR moniker.

Updated 07/25/2014: McLaren unveiled a new teaser image for the future P1 GTR before the car’s official debut on Friday August, 15 at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR.

Horacio Pagani has the kind of problem we can only dream of having. The founder of Pagani was recently spotted out and about in a McLaren P1 MSO , an incredibly exclusive supercar that I can’t possibly purchase unless I win the lottery. It must be tough having to make a choice between driving a P1 and his very own Huayra .

But such is the life of a man who is embedded deep in the industry’s supercar circle. We’re not going to make an issue out of that. Besides, he probably has a reason for doing so, not the least of which could be to test out the P1 and use it to help better his own lineup. That’s happened before in the business and it will likely happen again.

Who knows what his real intentions are. What we do know is that Horacio Pagani is an awesome man with an impeccable taste in supercars. The P1 MSO he’s driving also looks incredible, especially the exterior panels decked out in chrome to go with the orange trim on the hood and the red leather interior.

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

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.

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

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is only 21 years old. That’s very young when compared to other automotive events; but make no mistake, this annual gathering has grown to become one of the most important racing happenings in the world. The festival attracts not only historic and modern race cars alike, but also a host of past and present drivers to hoon some of the coolest vehicles up the Goodwood hill.

The event is getting better and better with each edition, and 2014 is no exception. With nearly 10 debuts set to take place in West Sussex, England, and with iconic drivers such as Richard Petty, Al Unser, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi having already confirmed their presence, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle.

NASCAR ’s "King" Petty will arrive to drive his legendary No. 43 Plymouth Belvedere through the course, while Unser will hoon the 1978 Penske Lola-Cosworth racer in which he won his third Indy 500 . And that’s only a mere fraction of the action scheduled between June 26th and 29th.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.

It was only my second day of the Gumball 3000 festivities, but this was the first official day of the Rally. There is an entire collection of famous faces, blistering-fast cars and hundreds of miles for us to traverse.

As the morning started, we lined our car up on the starting grid with hundreds of other machines to get ready for the start of the Rally. Xzibit has been a large presence in the Gumball 3000 for many years now. He did not drivie in this year’s event, so he was asked to see every car off the line by waving the official Gumball flag to start the rally.

Other famous faces at the start line included Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage , and of course Deadmau5 is here in his “Purrari” 458 Spyder with Tori Belleci of the MythBusters as his co-driver.

When the Team AnastasiaDate Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder set off the line we all piled into our Mercedes Sprinter chase vehicle and our journey had begun. Time to head to Atlanta.

Read on to find out more about my second day on the Gumball 3000 Rally

McLaren Automotive has announced its financial results for 2013, posting record revenues of $477.90 million (£285.4 million) for the year. While this is great news for the company, the Brits unveiled something even more exciting for its customers: the rumored track-focused P1 supercar will hit race courses in 2015.

There is some bad new though, as the race-ready P1 will be available only to clients who have ordered one of the 375 standard and road-legal P1s. So unless you either have one parked in your garage or on its way, no soup for you! However, owning a street-spec P1 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re entitled to buy and hoon such a track beast. McLaren says this purposed vehicle will be its rarest yet, meaning only a handful of them will be built. Production figures have yet to be released, but don’t expect them to be assembled by the hundreds.

Although details about the track-prepped P1 are still under wraps, we have a hunch the Brits are working on an extreme aerodynamic body, and an upgraded suspension specifically tuned for the race course. An output update is also on the table, but we’re not betting on massive improvements in the horsepower and torque departments.

In addition to confirming the new track toy, McLaren also announced that the P13 sports car will become available in more than one version. No actual details were given, but the entry-level vehicle is likely to roll out in coupe and convertible guises, and, later in its life, with a GT suit as well.

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

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...


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