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.
When it comes to the McLaren P1 and its Nurburgring lap time, we’ve heard all sorts of rumors. The only problem regarding these rumors is that McLaren only said that the7:03 lap time achieved back in September was a little bit slow, and that the P1 can do much better.
Now, in order to prove its statement, McLaren brought the P1 back to the "Green Hell" in an attempt to drop the lap time under seven minutes. Did McLaren achieve its goal? Apparently so, but McLaren was not kind enough to share the number with us, as all it said was that they took the P1 to Germany to "to go faster, push harder and brake later," just to lap the Nordschleife in under seven minutes.
Lets just hope a final lap time number will be released in the near future. Until then, at least we have a cool video to watch!
The McLaren P1 went into production in October, and it is now officially sold out. Earlier this year McLaren announced that all of the units destined for the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East were spoken for, but a smattering of units remained available in Europe. Well, those last few units are now spoken for, and McLaren is officially closing up the order books.
In the U.S., sales spiked when a McLaren F1 sold at auction in Pebble Beach for a stunning $8.47 million. European sales had their own spike following McLaren’s confirmation that the P1 lapped the Nurburgring in under seven minutes earlier this month.
So now, the only chance for you to get the P1 is if a buyer happens to change his mind before taking delivery. McLaren is actually already prepping for this potential situation, as it has asked potential customers to register their interest in the P1, just in case a buyer decides this amazing supercar is not for them.
Up to this point only 12 P1s are complete, and 75 percent of P1 buyer have opted for some level of unique design from McLaren Special Operations.
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Back in September, rumors were abound that the 2014 McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring track in only 7:04 , but new rumors now suggest that the P1 lapped the ring yesterday in just 6:47 seconds. The above video was taken during this alleged record-breaking lap.
McLaren has said nothing about this time just yet, so we don’t know just how official this time is. The company did confirm a while back that its newest supercar could lap the `Ring in less than seven minutes.
If this time turns out to be the real deal, then the P1 will become the fastest production vehicle to ever lap the circuit, beating the Radical SR8 LM by just a single second. This would also put the P1 well ahead of the new Porsche 918 Spyder , which lapped the ring in a time of 6:57.
Stay tuned to find out if this lap time is for real or not!
The McLaren P1 is a huge step forward for the company and for the hypercar game in general. It represents the pinnacle of McLaren ’s knowledge in creating road cars that integrate the best Formula 1 technology to achieve searing performance on par with the best of the best from Ferrari and Pagani .
The P1 risked being overshadowed during its big debuts in Paris and Geneva, thanks to the concurrent reveals of LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Veneno , which both pack more styling drama and a more artful execution than the P1. Not one to shy away from competition, McLaren is ready for the sales brawl in the hypercar segment with their vision of the ultimate road car.
The difference for McLaren (versus Bugatti , for example) is that this is a make-or-break technical showcase whose failure could threaten the stability of the entire fledgling McLaren Automotive division. The Woking crew needs the P1 to be a real hero car in order for its marketing magic to trickle down to their 12C and upcoming 911-fighting P13 models.
Among the admirable traits of McLaren supremo Ron Dennis is his willingness to make running changes to the models. Following the 12C’s debut, the team bumped the power output, made the engine and exhaust much louder, and re-programmed the stability controls – all in the name of driving pleasure.
Will McLaren implement what they’ve learned from the 12C program to make the P1 a thrill to drive, or just a clenched-fist technical marvel?
Updated 04/30/2013: McLaren has unveiled a new video (above) featuring the new P1 supercar put under extreme testing in northern Sweden. Enjoy!
Update 10/21/213: McLaren has unveiled all of the performance specs for the P1, and that its first buyer took delivery today. See all of the official specs after the jump.
Click past the jump for the full review, the latest images of the P1 in Monaco, and new details on the engineering package.
It’s not often that you find somebody that is given a license to throw a supercar around a race track. But Top Gear seems to be an exception most of the time.
Recently, the benevolent McLaren P1 was spotted at the Spa-Francorchamps and with it was the Top Gear crew, fully dressed and looking like they’re ready to do something serious on the McLaren supercar.
The ensuing video proceeds to give us an idea of what we can expect when season 21 of Top Gear comes around. For now, we can enjoy this video and see who we assume to be The Stig giving the P1 all it can handle, including one powerslide attempt at left a lot to be desired.
We doubt that’s the one that’s going to be in the future episode, but we can certainly appreciate the fact that The Stig is running the P1 to its limit. Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised when it comes The Stig and Top Gear, right?
The upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 driving game is set to feature the legendary TopGear driver himself.
Some say, he is even faster in the dark...
That’s right, Forza Motorsport 5 will offer you the chance to race against The Stig.
The Stig’s Digital Cousin will only be available for those players planning to get both the new Xbox One and Forza 5 next month. So, if you are really good on racing games, the virtual Stig is waiting for you.
You will be able to race against him on the famous Top Gear test track that was rendered in meticulous detail, including the follow-through and Gambon sections. The game will also offer lots of in-game commentary from Jeremy, Richard and James on the career modes, and races inspired by Top Gear events, amongst other things.
The new Forza Motorsport 5 will be released on November 22nd, 2013.
Be warned, though, The Stig’s Digital Cousin doesn’t take defeat lightly.
There aren’t a lot of cars that are as highly anticipated as the McLaren P1 . That’s precisely why news of it starting production is, well, newsworthy.
Obviously McLaren also relizes the importance of the P! to enthusiasts, as it took the task of announcing the birth of its halo supercar . The British automaker even took a couple of photos of the initial production process of the P1 and from the pictures that were released, it certainly appears that McLaren is being ultra-meticulous about the creation of its 916-horsepower beast.
The section dedicated to the production of P1 appears to be cordoned off, giving us hints of how careful McLaren is being with building the car from the ground up. Certainly, the P1 deserves all the attention it’s getting, especially when you consider its status in the industry as one of those new supercars that’s expected to be just as powerful as they are exclusive.
Only 375 units of the McLaren P1 will be build at a price of £866,000, which is around $1.4 million based on current exchange rates. That’s a lot of money for a supercar, yet only a number of models are left unaccounted for.
Speaks to the appeal of the P1 and McLaren, if you ask us.
(Click past the jump to read about the 2014 McLaren P1}
McLaren P1 made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , but McLaren is still pretty busy testing it. The latest tests were made in extreme conditions, through deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada. These deserts are famous for their record temperatures of 52°C / 126°F. The tests will continue in the upcoming weeks, as McLaren wants to be sure the P1 will behave as expected in any driving conditions.
This is the first time we’ve seen a fully exposed and undisguised P1, plus it wears a Carbon Black finish — the first time we see the supercar in this color. On top of that sexy, dark paintwork, this P1 is equipped with a bespoke braking system and tires developed in cooperation with Akebono and Pirelli.
Deliveries of the P1 supercar will begin this September, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of McLaren. As a reminder, the P1 will be limited to only 375 units.
Click past the jump to watch the McLaren P1 in action under extreme desert conditions.
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 .