It’s likely that there are few better times to be had than spending your birthday while driving a McLaren P1 and a McLaren F1 back-to-back in the south of France. This is how EVO’s Henry Catchpole spent his birthday, and the resulting comparison between the two titans is nothing short of amazing. EVO actually spent months orchestrating a get-together between the two McLarens and at one point it looked like it was never going to happen.

Fortunately, a very lucky owner of both a 1995 McLaren F1 and a 2015 McLaren P1 stepped in and kindly offered his two prized possessions for a test drive in France, on a winding road not far from the Paul Ricard Circuit. Catchpole obviously jumped at the opportunity, and the resulting video is breathtaking. To make everything even more interesting, both models sport "chassis number 046" plates and both are painted in the McLaren-only Genesis Blue Metallic.

Despite the 20-odd years separating the two supercars, the F1 still features a higher top speed than the P1, and kept the "world’s fastest production car" title for over eight years, until it was finally snatched by the Bugatti Veyron. I couldn’t help but feel jealousy toward the owner’s taste in both exotics, car colors and even license plates, as you can see that all are related between the two models. In the end, it seems that despite the obvious progress in terms of cornering speeds, acceleration and drivability achieved by the P1, it is the mighty F1 that remains the overall winner, mostly thanks to its more analog approach to performance.

McLaren P1

2014 McLaren P1 High Resolution Exterior
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Born in a different era, where it has to battle the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari, the P1 is a different beast altogether than its predecessor. The hybrid hypercar is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine and and electric motor, the entire system delivering a staggering 903 horsepower and 722 pound-feet of torque. Its top speed is limited to a "weak" 217 mph.

Read our full review here.

McLaren F1

Many see it as the first hypercar, and looking at its specs it’s no wonder why. Back in 1992, the F1 was powered by a BMW-sourced, 6.1-liter, V-12 that delivered 627 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. You will probably agree that its specifications are impressive even for a modern car, especially when thinking about its 243 mph top speed with the rev limiter removed.

Read our full review here.

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