McLaren P1 Scale Models to be Revealed in Goodwood
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.
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Affordable P1s For Everyone
Both models are crafted by True Scale Miniatures using real CAD data supplied by McLaren, which makes them precise representations of the actual P1. If you’re not familiar with True Scale Miniatures, then you should know it is a premium 1:18 and 1:43 scale model company based in the United States. Their 1:43 products are hand-built from resin and decorated with various photo-etched, metallic parts, and are ranked among the most accurate in the model car industry.
McLaren makes no mention of pricing, but the Goodwood Festival of Speed P1 retails for $70 on True Scale’s official website. However, expect these models to fetch more at the McLaren stand, most likely in excess of £50 ($85 as of 06/26/2014).
Why It Matters
Scale models serve many purposes, and one of them is to act as miniature replacements for real cars we can’t really afford. Let’s face it, very few average Joes like us can afford a million-dollar supercar. And most of those that do, can’t really buy a P1 until one of these 903-horsepower rockets hits the auction block. So these 1:43 replicas are basically the best options to replace the P1 void in your life, although you won’t be able to enjoy its hybrid V-8 powertrain. Be careful though, scale models are addictive. You buy a P1 today and, before you know it, you’re the Jay Leno of miniature cars.
Commonly known as the pinnacle of McLaren knowledge and technology, the McLaren P1 supercar blends everything the company has learned from decades of involvement in motorsport. It is also the first McLaren to feature a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine and an electric motor.
The combo cranks out no less than 903 horsepower and a whopping 1,100 pound-feet of torque, enabling the P1 to scream from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 217 mph. Retailed for around $1.15 million, the P1 will be built in just 375 units. As of 06/26/2014, the entire P1 production is sold out.