P1’s successor won’t arrive earlier than 2024

Can you believe the P1 is currently in its eighth year of existence? We surely can’t. And needless to say, a replacement is coming, but according to McLaren officials, don’t expect it before 2024.

The McLaren P1 has its special place in the automotive hall of fame because it put the Woking-based carmaker back on the super sports car map and provided a fierce rival for the likes of Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. But the hybrid-powered P1 is aging, and a new supercar will take its place eventually.

The so-called “Son of P1” will be electrified, but still not an EV

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While there are some carmakers out there that have had a successful stab at building all-electric supercars - yes, Rimac, I’m looking at you - McLaren isn’t ready to go all out EV just yet as Autocar reports that the P1’s successor won’t be a pure electric car because “the charging times are really restrictive.”

Speaking to McLaren CEO Ian Flewitt, Autocar also found out that the numero uno is actually fond of EVs, but at the same time recognizes that at this point, they’re not a suitable platform for high-performance vehicles. He went on to explain:

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“Take the 765LT for example. We know a lot of customers are going to take that to the track. If it were an EV, you would be looking at maybe 30 minutes of running time and then plugging it in until the next day. That’s not a persuasive position.”

Furthermore, Mr. Flewitt acknowledged that while the Lotus Evija and Pininfarina Battista are incredible, “we [McLaren] don’t build cars like that: pure 0-200 kph or 0-300 kph or even top speed. It’s not the car’s purpose, it’s a consequence of the attributes we’ve designed into it.”

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So, what should we expect from the P1’s replacement then? Well, as Autocar predicts, the supercar might see one of its axles motivated by an e-motor and the other by a more traditional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine). A hybrid setup is also likely to keep the car’s weight in check, since it requires significantly smaller - and thus lighter - battery packs.

As for power and torque figures and other performance indicators, well, it’s way too early to tell. For the sake of the argument, the McLaren P1 produces 903 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque from a hybrid powertrain that mixes a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 with an e-motor. 0-62 mph (100 kph) happens in 2.8 seconds, while top speed comes in at 217 mph (350 kph). The P1 tipped the scales at just 3,285 pounds (1,490 kilos).

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McLaren P1 specifications
Powertrain twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 with an e-motor
Peak power 903 HP
Peak torque 664 LB-FT
0 to 100 KM/H (62 MPH) 2.8 seconds
0 to 200 KM/H (124 MPH) 6.8 Seconds
0 to 300 KM/H (186 MPH) 16.5 Seconds
1/4-Mile 9.8 Seconds Ay 245 KM/H (152 MPH)
Top Speed 217-mph, limited
Weight 3,285 pounds (1,490 kilos)

Source: Autocar

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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