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.

Although we know everything there is to know about the McLaren P1 and we’ve seen the hybrid supercar lap numerous race courses, we just can’t get enough of it. This desire to see the P1 is why we’re back with video footage showing McLaren’s prized jewel of the supercar crowd taking on the Spa Francorchamps track. This isn’t the first time Woking’s new bullet sets wheels on Belgium’s motorsport venue, but we just couldn’t say no to a bundle that sees a supercar as exquisite as the P1 taking fast turns on Spa Francorchamps.

The video comes straight from McLaren and shows owner Michael Benham hooning his brand-new P1 only 36 hours after collecting it. Is that the greatest first experience you can have in your P1 or what? Naturally, Benham doesn’t seem to keen on charging up the Eau Rouge at full throttle, but the footage includes a few high-speed scenes, accompanied by that wonderful V-8 roar. Hit the play button for the entire experience.

As a brief reminder the P1, which McLaren introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , is motivated by a 3.8-liter, V-8 powerplant aided by an electric motor. Total output sits at 903 horsepower, while torque goes beyond the 1,000 pound-feet range. The British supercar needs only 2.6 seconds to charge from 0 to 60 mph, and 4.7 seconds to reach 100 mph. Top speed is a mind-boggling 217 mph, making the P1 one of the fastest road-legal vehicles ever built.

The time is fast approaching, and I can’t wait. Forza Horizon 2 hits store shelves in just a few weeks, and now we have the official launch trailer as well as news on the arrival of a demo version you can play early. First, just take a look at this trailer. All of the footage in this is straight gameplay from the Xbox One version of the game and it looks stunning. The cars, modifications and scenery are all top notch.

September 30th cannot come soon enough.

Thankfully we don’t have to wait for the release date to bomb around the great European countryside as there will a demo released on September 16th on the Xbox One. I think I *cough* may be sick *cough* next week. According to some reps, the demo will be a timed affair with a few select cars from the game just like the demo for the original Forza Horizon was.

If you are an Xbox 360 player, yes the game is coming to you too, but we have no word on a demo for your system. I am sorry.

When you do pick up the new game, Turn 10 and Playground games have announced that there will be a special reward system that will grant you some fancy cars to start the game with if you are a returning fan. If you have played any Forza game before you are likely familiar with the Forza Rewards system. Essentially, Turn 10 keeps track of how much you play and you gain points based on time played, miles driven, cars owned and more. If you have enough points when you fire up Forza Horizon 2 for the first time you will get a selection of cars that range from the BMW 1 Series M to the Huracán and the McLaren P1 . You can find a full list of cars, their unlock tier and a link to the Forza site to check your standings after the break.

So to recap; we have a great new trailer to watch, a demo coming out in just a few days, and a way to unlock a small collection of awesome cars before the game even launches. Can I get a “hell yes?”

It’s true that very few supercars can match the awesomeness of the McLaren P1 , but when it comes to track hooning, there’s more to a car than just brute power and torque. Take the Bugatti Veyron for instance. It comes with more than 1,000 horsepower on tap, which makes it one of the most powerful supercars in production. Is it a proper track car? Not quite. In fact, we don’t see it taking laps very often, which says a lot about its racing capabilities. Race it against the Caterham 620R and you’re bound to lose.

Which brings us to the video below, in which an utterly powerful McLaren P1 is chased by an ultra-light BAC Mono on the Silverstone track. Comparing the P1’s 903 horsepower with the BAC Mono’s 285 ponies, it’s easy to say the latter is no match for the McLaren. However, bring the curb weight into the equation and the 600-horsepower gap reduces dramatically. That’s because the BAC Mono weighs in at only 1,190 pounds, which means 479 horses per tonne. On the other hand, the McLaren tips the scales at 3,280 pounds, resulting into a horsepower per tonne rating of 551 ponies. Not that big of a difference, huh?

This pretty much explains why the BAC Mono in the video above manages to catch up and overtake the McLaren P1 McLaren P1 , although the supercar is obviously faster in a straight line. The lightweight sports car is superior at entering and exiting corners, which proves once again you don’t need nearly 1,000 horsepower to be fast on the track. Hit the play button to watch the action.

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. In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 carries the same GTR moniker.

Besides featuring a host of aerodynamic and technical improvements, which also translate in more horsepower and improved performance, the P1 GTR also marks the introduction of McLaren’s full customer racing program. Just like Ferrari and Lamborghini , the Brits are upping the ante toward organizing private racing events on famous Formula One tracks, but not before the buyers receive private consultations with McLaren’s racing division.

The supercar has just been unveiled as a production-ready concept car at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance . Read on to meet McLaren’s brand-new and utterly powerful race car .

Updated 09/05/2014: The new McLaren P1 GTR will make its European premiere at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours on September 6th and 7th, 2014. With the occasion McLaren released the first images showing the car during the initial testing phase.

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

Live images from Monterey are courtesy of Carninja and are used with expressed permission.

With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just around the corner, time has come to have a look at what this year’s edition of the world-renowned event has to offer. The charitable event has drawn huge interest ever since it was established in 1950, and the 2014 edition will be no exception. Automakers like McLaren , Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Aston Martin have already confirmed their presence with outstanding, brand-new vehicles, but each and every important manufacturer will hit California to showcase their latest products. Global debuts and North American debuts, this year’s Pebble Beach will have them all.

Besides the latest automobiles ranging from lightning-fast supercars to practical SUVs and bespoke rigs, the event will be packed with classic cars spread across different eras. Bentleys , Duesenbergs and Bugattis , one rarer than the other, will be displayed across the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. As with each year, the Pebble Beach Concours the d’Elegance will donate all proceedings to various local and national organizations. The event has given nearly $20 million to charities throughout the years, and this tradition will continue in 2014.

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is certain to be a blast. It’s set to take place on August 17th, 2014, but several events, such as the Pebble Beach Auctions and the Tour d’Elegance, are scheduled a few days earlier, on August 13th and 14th, respectively. Make sure you don’t miss our coverage and, in the meantime, check out our comprehensive preview below the brake.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

McLaren Special Operations, McLaren’s bespoke division, was first launched at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011. Since that time, MSO has been responsible for a handful of unique creations, including the 12C Concept Car that we first saw in December 2013 and the 650S Coupe Concept that was unveiled in April 2014. For the 2014 Pebble Beach show, McLaren is returning to the scene of the MSO’s debut with two new customized projects, this time for the almighty P1 and the 650S Spider .

The former, in particular, was commissioned by a North American customer and it further reinforces MSO’s billing as McLaren’s full personalization service for its owners. MSO’s work on the P1 is completely stunning. Actually, "stunning" might not even be a clear representation of the work MSO put into turning this P1 into a true one-of-a-kind showpiece model.

There are rare moments in life when you just sit back and admire someone else’s work, and The MSO P1 is one of those moments. I’d love to wax poetic about it, but even the sincerest form of hyperbole probably won’t do justice to the work McLaren’s MSO division put into this P1.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 McLaren P1 By MSO.

Have you ever wondered what a "winner-stays-on" drag race among the fastest supercars in the world would look like? I’ve been asking the same question too. Then this video created by the SCD TV showed up and well, I finally had a small sample of the answer I was looking for. SCD TV staged a series of drag races featuring some of the world’s finest exotics to find out which among them is the quickest to a quarter mile. The rules were pretty simple: two cars line up and race and the winner moves on and faces another challenger until somebody defeats the incumbent. The process repeats until a winner is eventually crowned. Sounds pretty simple, right?

SCD TV made even more interesting by fielding some pretty gnarly exotics, including a Ford GT 720 Mirage , a Ferrari F40 , a 9ff-tuned Porsche 911 , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and a McLaren P1 .

What’s important is I saw what I’ve been wanting to see for a long time and that’s more than enough for me.

Maybe next time we all get to see more supercars in this battle. Just a thought.

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.


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