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2014 McLaren P1

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  • McLaren P1
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Seven-speed Twin Clutch Automatic w/ Paddle Shift
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    903
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1100 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.6 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    9.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    217 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Price:
    1150000
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McLaren’s first hybrid packs 903 horsepower!

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 Veyron, 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 07/06/2016: While the McLaren P1 is long time sold out, somewhere in Tokyo, Japan, one lucky guy uses the P1 for the daily commute and also takes it into the mountain passes at the weekend. Check him out in the new video released by McLaren!

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren P1.

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Video: Watch the McLaren P1 By Lanzante Take the Hill at Goodwood

Video: Watch the McLaren P1 By Lanzante Take the Hill at Goodwood

The British speed monster takes a crack at Lord March’s driveway

The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is in full effect, and with it, some of the most exciting sports cars and supercars are coming out to play. That includes the machine you see here - the McLaren P1 GT by Lanzante.

Essentially a modified version of the highly impressive McLaren P1 GTR, the P1 by Lanzante arrives to the party with updated aerodynamics thanks to an extended rear tail section and an enormous fixed rear wing. There’s also an upgraded rear diffuser, a larger front splitter, extra fender vents, and four exhaust tips in the rear.

We’re still waiting on all the exact technical specs, but at the very least, the P1 by Lanzante should be rocking the standard P1 GTR’s 986 horsepower thanks to its hybrid twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. And, given the latter half of the video, we know its got enough get-up-and-go to catch the Lexus LC500 up the Hillclimb. As if that was ever in doubt.

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McLaren P1 GT by Lanzante Makes Brief Appearance at Goodwood

McLaren P1 GT by Lanzante Makes Brief Appearance at Goodwood

Following in the footsteps of the legendary F1

Early last week, Lanzante teased us with a silhouette image of its wild new take on McLaren’s finest. You know, as if the standard P1 GTR wasn’t crazy enough. Now, we’re finally getting an eye-full of the bespoke speed machine, as revealed in a series of photos posted to Lanzante’s Instagram account. Infused with go-faster, motorsport-inspired goodness, it’s called the McLaren P1 GT, and it’s an impressive thing to behold.

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McLaren Teases New P1 GT for Goodwood Festival of Speed

McLaren Teases New P1 GT for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Barely street legal, now headed to West Sussex

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is always a surefire venue for top-end performance cars, and given its position as an internationally recognized hotbed for all things fast and four-wheeled, it’s also a great spot to debut something new to the world. Lanzante Limited is well aware of this, and as such, the British automotive company is gearing up for the release of a new face-melting iteration of the P1 hybrid hypercar.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2014 McLaren P1

Wallpaper of the Day: 2014 McLaren P1

The McLaren P1 isn’t exactly a successor to the F1, but it does owe its existence to the F1 in one way or another. Be that as it may, it’s fast. It delivers a cold-hearted 903 horsepower from a 3.8-liter V-8, which is good enough to push this supercar up to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. The sprint to 124 mph? That comes in just 6.8 seconds. Hitting 186 mph is easily doable as well, and it does it in just 16.5 seconds. It can even run the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 mph. And, somehow, it still manages to deliver 34 mpg on the combined scale. Imagine that. With all of this said, that’s not exactly why we’re here. What we’re here for is the crazy aerodynamics and styling of this amazing supercar. It has a timeless look that just can’t be beat, and that’s why we’ve made it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite and set up a pretty decent gallery down below. Go ahead and take your pick!

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McLaren Testing Electric Supercar; Production Model Still a Few Years Away

McLaren Testing Electric Supercar; Production Model Still a Few Years Away

Battery technology not good enough for supercar performance levels

The fact that McLaren is testing an all-electric supercar is no longer secret. With the P1 bringing the first hybrid McLaren on public roads and gasoline-electric drivetrain set to power half of all McLarens sold by 2022, a full EV is the next logical step for the British firm. According to its engineers, testing is now well underway, but McLaren is struggling to create a drivetrain that delivers track-capable performance. Specifically, the biggest issue is battery technology, which can’t yet provide the energy needed for fast laps at the race track.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

Going green never went so quick

Ready or not, the hybrids are coming. Scratch that. They’re already here, and their numbers are steadily increasing. But fear not, brave auto enthusiast, the ever-increasing popularity of the hybrid powertrain isn’t going to diminish your fun behind the wheel. In fact, the addition of electric assistance might actually increase the smile factor of the modern sports car. Despite rampant speculation and fear mongering over the Prius-ification of the performance segment, hybrid powertrains can add mph in addition to mpg. To prove as much, here are five of the best examples of exactly that.

Of course, you won’t be able to get one of these machines for cheap, as adding a performance hybrid system to the powertrain also adds quite a few dollars to the bottom line. But that’s to be expected when dealing with top-of-the-line technology, especially tech born and bred for the racetrack. Eventually, we’ll see this stuff trickle down to more accessible models, but for now, hybrid sports cars occupy the top of the pyramid. Tell us which model you want in your garage, and if we missed something we shouldn’t have, by posting in the comments.

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Pops' Rants: Nurburgring Wood and Covfefe

Pops’ Rants: Nurburgring Wood and Covfefe

Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’, keep them doggies rolling

Yee-haw, Pops is back! Did you miss me? In case you’re wondering, I’ve taken a short vacation last week. Ya know, old people need to rest a lot. But if you don’t care about that, we can assume I was too lazy to do my gibberish routine for the weekend.

Anywho, I came back to the Internet only to find out that we have a new Nurburgring record. Boy, I should definitely spend less time in bed - it’s not the kind of activity that allows you to keep up with those fast Nurburgring runs. And you know what? I don’t care much about McLaren’s new record. And this comes from a man who lived to see McLaren’s glorious Can-Am and Formula One performances back in the day and who’s a tremendous fan of its road cars, especially the F1. Simply because all these records are only about automakers waving their pricks at each other.

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The Nurburgring's Production Car Lap Record Has Fallen Yet Again

The Nurburgring’s Production Car Lap Record Has Fallen Yet Again

All hail the McLaren P1 LM as the new King of the ’Ring!

The NIO EP9’s reign as the fastest production car in the Nurburgring is over. You might even say that it ended before it even began because in just a matter of weeks, the EP9 went from record-holder to runner-up. All thanks to Lanzante Motorsport and a tweaked version of the McLaren P1 LM. Yep, the super exclusive, track-prepped hypercar is now the new King of the ‘Ring after posting a lap time of 6:43.2, beating out the EP9’s reported time of 6:45.9 by almost three seconds. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough on its own merit, consider then that the same P1 LM left the track after posting the record lap time and drove all the way back to the United Kingdom like the boss that it is.

Proof of the hypercar’s blistering run around the Nordschleife can even be seen in its entirety courtesy of a video prepared by McLaren. If there was ever any shroud of doubt about the legitimacy of the lap time, this video should serve as proof that the P1 LM’s record lap time was all real. It’s not that hard to imagine the car taking the record for itself. After all, it is powered by a bigger 4.0-liter, bi-turbo V-8 engine — the “regular” P1 only has a 3.8-liter mill - that works in concert with an electric motor to produce a combined 1,000 horsepower. It’s also 132 pounds lighter than the P1 GTR, making it far more agile in the kind of racing environment the Nurburgring provides. So there you have it, folks. The McLaren P1 LM now reigns supreme at the Nurburgring, at least until another car beats its lap time.

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McLaren P1 Goes All-Electric; Kind Of

McLaren P1 Goes All-Electric; Kind Of

McLaren made headlines everywhere when it announced that part of its future business plan, “TRACK 22,” included the development of a pure electric vehicle for the Ultimate Series. The said vehicle would be positioned above the 675LT and below the crazy P1. That announcement came from McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt back in July of this year, and just a couple of months later, we’re sitting here looking at an all-electric McLaren P1. It doesn’t have the 300-mile range or a top speed of 200 mph as expected but, given the price and its compact nature, that’s no big deal at all.

See, this isn’t a car that you purchase, lock away in the garage, and take to the track on occasion. The most compact car ever built by McLaren is actually made for those without a driver’s license. More specifically, those around six years of age. Be that as it may, this thing is every bit a McLaren as it’s road- and track-going brethren. First off, it has a central driving position that can be traced back to the McLaren F1 and it has those awesome Dihedral doors.

But, that’s not all. This little supercar is the first ever open-top McLaren P1. As an official McLaren, it should come as no surprise that its performance is top notch. To put it simply, it can go from zero to maximum speed in just two seconds. Power is sent from the electric motors to the rear wheels via a three-speed forward transmission with reverse. Furthermore, there is an MP3 player and audio system as standard equipment that is pre-programmed with popular nursery rhymes. There’s a start/stop button that activates the lights and “air conditioning” unit, which is probably just a small fan, but cool nonetheless.

McLaren is calling this little EV The Ride On McLaren P1TM. It’s available in just one color, Volcano Yellow, and has a top speed of about three mph. It goes on sale at the end of October 2016 at selected McLaren retailers and will later be available from global toy retailers. Pricing is set at £375 or about $486 at current exchange rates.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels

Live long and go faster

As a child, I used to fantasize all the time about zipping around the galaxy in my own personal spaceship. I still do, actually, but that’s not the point. The point is that the folks who call the shots at the world’s top automakers are just as prone to flights of fancy, but unlike the cardboard-box dreams you and I have, these people have the means to make it happen – on four wheels, that is. And that’s awesome, because if you take a second to look around, you’ll realize automotive spaceships are all over the place. Here’s our Top 5.

The criteria for this list are pretty simple. First off, we limited it to production cars, which means no one-offs. However, race cars and anything not street legal is okay, given that highway patrol has yet to deploy a space division. Beyond that, warp speeds and exotic materials are a must, as is interplanetary styling.

All strapped in? Enjoy the flight! Three… two… one…

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McLaren P1 LM Plans To Smash Nurburgring Lap Record

McLaren P1 LM Plans To Smash Nurburgring Lap Record

Official attempt set to take place by the end of 2016

The P1 is McLaren’s quickest and most powerful supercar yet. It is also the company’s first hybrid and will most likely inspire other similar vehicles in the future. More importantly, especially for die-hard enthusiasts, the P1 is a full-fledged, modern interpretation of the F1 in just about any department. Not only fast, powerful, expensive, and rare, the P1 also spawned a couple of stunning variations, the GTR and the LM. Come 2016 and the P1 could have yet another thing in common with its spiritual predecessor by setting a world record.

But unlike the F1, which became the world’s fastest production car in 1993 and held onto its record until 2005, the P1 could become the quickest production model to lap the Nurburgring. That’s the word from Lanzante, the British firm responsible for converting the P1 GTR into the road-legal P1 LM, which unveiled that the supercar is set to go for a Nürburgring lap record during a development testing phase planned by the end of 2016.

Lanzante will run the supercar at the Nurburgring to finalize its setup and said that even though a lap record isn’t a priority, an attempt is in the books, given that track and weather conditions are right. Company boss Dean Lanzante is confident that the P1 LM has what it takes to smash the current record

“We’ve seen what the road car is capable of there and we’ve got simulations of what our car can do,” he said according to Autocar. “Kenny Bräck is doing all of the driving, so if an opportunity arose, we have the right man for the job.”

On the other hand, Lanzante claims an attempt will only happen in certain conditions, as the firm doesn’t have the means to spend too much time at the "Green Hell."

“We don’t have the finances or the time to do something like Porsche,” he said about the 918’s testing program and lap record. “If it rains, the track isn’t fast enough, so we can’t do a lap. And we don’t want to do a Koenigsegg,” he added in reference to Koenigsegg crashing the One:1 at the ’Ring ahead of its record attempt earlier this year.

There’s no estimate as to how quick the P1 LM would be around the Nordschleife, but it should be quicker than the standard P1, which lapped the track in less than seven minutes. As a brief reminder, McLaren declined to reveal the Nurburgring lap time of the P1, instead choosing only to confirm that it completed a full lap in under seven minutes.

The current lap record sits 6:48.00, a benchmark achieved in 2009 by the Radical SR8LM. The Radical SR8 is second with 6:56.08 (2005), while the Porsche 918 Spyder ranks third with 6:57.00 (2013). The Lamborghini Aventador SV is the last car with a sub-seven-minute lap, at 6.59.73 (2015).

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2014 McLaren P1

2014 McLaren P1

McLaren’s first hybrid packs 903 horsepower!

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 Veyron, 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 07/06/2016: While the McLaren P1 is long time sold out, somewhere in Tokyo, Japan, one lucky guy uses the P1 for the daily commute and also takes it into the mountain passes at the weekend. Check him out in the new video released by McLaren!

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren P1.

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Kenny Brack's Blistering Lap Time Around Goodwood With The McLaren P1 LM: Video

Kenny Brack’s Blistering Lap Time Around Goodwood With The McLaren P1 LM: Video

It wasn’t good enough to be the fastest this year, but it’s enough to be the fastest ever for a road-legal car

The McLaren P1 LM is just days removed from its official debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and it’s already made a ridiculous impression by destroying the Goodwood hill climb record for a road-legal car with a lap time of 47.07 seconds.

Piloted by former Indy 500 driver Kenny Brack, the road-legal Lazante McLaren P1 GTR set a blistering lap despite clear evidence that Brack was struggling to get control of the road-legal beast throughout the lap. From the start of his lap, Brack immediately oversteered the car in the first right-hand turn before spending a majority of the lap bucking and dancing around. Through it all, he manages to extend his lead in each section of the track over Mike Skinner’s at-that-time fastest lap before crossing the line in scintillating fashion.

While it’s true that Olly Clark’s Subaru WRX STI “Gobstopper II” posted the quickest lap with an incredible time of 46.29 seconds, he did it with a race car as opposed to Brack’s “heavily modified” road-legal hypercar. A lot of impressive times were posted in Goodwood this year, but an argument can be made of Brack’s insane lap time of the P1 LM. At the very least, it’s going to be the time-to-beat when other production cars make a run atop the Goodwood hill climb in the future.

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2017 McLaren P1 LM

2017 McLaren P1 LM

Road-legal version of the P1 GTR and a tribute to the iconic F1 LM

Introduced in early 2013, the P1 was McLaren’s second production supercar and the spiritual successor to the iconic F1 of the 1990s. Arguably the quickest and most powerful road-going McLaren to date, the P1 was also the company’s first vehicle to use a hybrid drivetrain. Like its predecessor, it was built around a carbon-fiber monocoque and roof structure and employs various technologies that the British brand had developed for Formula One. Discontinued in 2016 after 375 units were built, the P1 spawned a race-only version named the P1 GTR. Developed at the request of P1 owners who wanted a more extreme version of the supercar, the GTR received a more powerful hybrid drivetrain and production was limited to only 35 examples, all of which were made available exclusively to P1 owners.

A little more than a year has passed since the P1 GTR made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and its owners are already enjoying its racing abilities on race tracks around the world. However, one certain rumor has been disturbing P1 owners and supercar enthusiasts alike since 2015: McLaren was secretly working on a street-legal GTR. Come 2016 and it’s no longer just hearsay. McLaren has revealed a road-going P1 GTR that will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It goes by the name P1 LM — as a tribute to the iconic F1 LM and was conceived by Lanzante Limited, a British company that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR through its Motorsport division and later became a service center for road and race-spec McLarens.

Following the prototype’s introduction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren will build five production cars, a figure that matches the production run of the original F1 LM, also a road-legal version of a race car.

Updated 06/23/2016: McLaren dropped the official details on the P1 LM with just a few hours before its official debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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2016 McLaren P1 GTR By Lanzante

2016 McLaren P1 GTR By Lanzante

The only road-legal P1 GTR ever built

Introduced in early 2013, the P1 was McLaren’s second production supercar and the spiritual successor to the iconic F1 of the 1990s. Arguably the quickest and most powerful road-going McLaren to date, the P1 was also the company’s first vehicle to use a hybrid drivetrain. Like its predecessor, it was built around a carbon-fiber monocoque and roof structure and employs various technologies that the British brand had developed for Formula One. Discontinued in 2016 after 375 units were built, the P1 spawned a race-only version named the P1 GTR. Developed at the request of P1 owners who wanted a more extreme version of the supercar, the GTR received a more powerful hybrid drivetrain and production was limited to only 35 examples, all of which were made available exclusively to P1 owners.

A little more than a year has passed since the P1 GTR made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and its owners are already enjoying its racing abilities on race tracks around the world. However, one certain rumor has been disturbing P1 owners and supercar enthusiasts alike since 2015: that McLaren was secretly working on a street-legal GTR. Come 2016 and it’s no longer just hearsay. McLaren has revealed that a road-going P1 GTR will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The vehicle was converted to road specification by Lanzante Limited, a British company that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR with its Motorsport division. Later it became a service center for road and race-spec McLarens and currently restores classic vehicles. The road-going GTR will be displayed alongside regular GTR (sounds weird, I know) fitted with a special livery inspired by James Hunt’s race helmet, in honor of the 40th anniversary of his Formula One championship win in a McLaren M23.

The Lanzante team will attempt to set the fastest time of the weekend for a road car with 1999 Indy 500 winner and McLaren test driver, Kenny Bräck, behind the wheel.

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McLaren Reportedly Working on All-Electric Supercar

McLaren Reportedly Working on All-Electric Supercar

It will slot under the P1 and cost less than £1 million, says insider

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren unveiled its Track22 business plan, announcing that at least 50 percent of its sports cars would feature hybrid drivetrains by 2022. What the British brand didn’t mention at the Swiss car show is that it is also working on an all-electric vehicle. The news comes from Auto Express, which claims, quoting a company insider, that McLaren is preparing an electric sports car that will sit in the range-topping Ultimate Series that includes only the P1 as of 2016.

The EV will sit below the limited-edition hypercar and will reportedly cost less than the P1. With the latter priced from £866,000 (around $1.25 million as of June 2016), the electric car will fetch significantly less than £1 million (about $1.44 million) before options, but the actual figure is still a mystery. The source also confirmed that the EV won’t replace the P1, with a proper successor to be launched sometime in 2023 with a next-generation hybrid drivetrain.

As far as performance goes, McLaren reportedly aims to make the electric supercar "as exciting as a 675LT." While that might not seem like much for an Ultimate Series car, but it’s pretty impressive for an all-electric vehicle. As a brief reminder, the 675LT needs only 2.9 seconds to hit 62 mph and just 7.9 ticks to reach 124 mph. Top speed is likely to exceed 200 mph, which would be a first for road-going, production electric cars. Also, the EV will be track-capable.

“No one buys a McLaren because they need one. We know that,” our insider told us. “So we need to make an EV that’s as exciting as a 675LT. An electric McLaren would need to manage 30 minutes on track with a 30-minute break before heading back out again," said the unnamed insider.

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Supercar Gathering In The Netherlands Draws An Exotic Party: Video

Supercar Gathering In The Netherlands Draws An Exotic Party: Video

Now this is how you organize a supercar meet-and-greet

A McLaren P1 GTR. A Porsche 918 Spyder. A Ferrari LaFerrari. If you’re not a man with bottomless pockets, the chances of seeing these three exotics and a host of other supercars are limited. You could “own” in the video game world, but in the actual world that we live in, well, that’s a different story. But there are times when some of the best and finest exotics find the company of one another. One of those times occurred recently in the Netherlands where the aforementioned P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari were all part of a supercar gathering for the ages.

The video, provided by YouTube user “Carspotter Jeroen,” gives us a good and long look at the supercar meet. In addition to the P1 GTR, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari, the gathering was also attended by “old school” exotics like the Ferrari F40, Porsche Carrera GT, and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. A handful of Porsche 911s were also in attendance, as were a couple of Lamborghinis, Koenigseggs, and Mercedes-Benz models.

In short, the supercar meet turned into the kind of gathering that we can only see in our dreams. But for those who actually own these cars, it was just another day of rubbing elbows with their ilk. As we do the same with our friends over a cup of coffee, they do it in the presence of some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world.

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McLaren P1 Passes The 200 MPH Barrier At The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds: Video

McLaren P1 Passes The 200 MPH Barrier At The Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds: Video

Very few will ever actually hit the max speed in the P1, but now you can see what it looks like

The Geneva Motor Show is always overpopulated with a number of supercars each year, and in 2014, that is exactly where the McLaren P1 made its long-awaited debut as the successor to the McLaren F1. Despite strong competition from models like the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Veneno, all 375 planned production models had been spoken for by the end of 2013. And, there is a good reason for it, with one of them being showcased in the video you’re about to watch.

In the video, you’ll see a number of different cars from Porsche to Lamborghini lined up on the landing strip, but this video – at least the last half of it – is focused around the P1. At first, I thought all the cars were going to make a break for the sound barrier, and that would have been a pretty gnarly race, but instead we get to see the P1 doing what it does best – going fast.

The video itself has some awesome sound effects and some quality music playing in the background, but the coolest part is the in-cabin view of the P1 pushing past the 200 mph barrier. The title of the video says the P1 hits 205 mph, but in reality, we see that speedo tick up to 207 at the last second. Just wait until you see the aerial view of the P1 on its sprint – it looks like a rocket as it barrels down the track. Let us know what you think and enjoy the video!

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2016 McLaren P1 By MSO

2016 McLaren P1 By MSO

McLaren Special Operations reveals the first P1 with a carbon fiber conversion kit

The Geneva Motor Show is still a couple weeks away, but it’s already shaping up to be quite the show. This year, McLaren is setting up its largest stand ever and will showcase vehicles like a bespoke version of the 675LT Spider, the recently confirmed 650S GT3 race car, and another, unknown addition to the Sports Series family. However, one of the more interesting vehicles on display will be the McLaren P1 by McLaren Special Operations.

A couple years back, we covered a story about a customer who thought McLaren offered a full carbon fiber body for the P1 at no additional cost. Of course, this was an absurd assumption by someone who was ill-informed, considering such an option would be so costly that the word “free” has no place in the conversation. That may be the case, but it got the idea out there.

Earlier this year, McLaren announced that the P1 would be offered with a carbon fiber body conversion, and the first of the 375 road-legal versions of the P1 equipped with this carbon fiber body will be shown to the public for the first time in Geneva. The conversion is obviously done by MSO, and you can’t deny how beautiful it looks from the pictures. Until we get to see the car up close, in its carbon form, let’s take a better look at this special McLaren P1.

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Last US-Spec McLaren P1 Sold For $2 Million At Auction

Last US-Spec McLaren P1 Sold For $2 Million At Auction

Number 371 of 375 is the last U.S.-spec P1

A McLaren P1 fetched a record amount at a recent Bonhams auction, crossing the block for a staggering price of $2.09 million. The Alaskan Diamond White model is the 371st (VIN. SBM12ABA1FW000371) of the 375 total units of the P1 and is the last one made for the U.S. market. The $2.09 million tag is the highest ever paid for a P1, reaffirming the growing belief that the trio of hypercars released by McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche have already reached critically acclaimed status.

As exclusive as a “standard” P1 already is, this particular model is even more so as it’s dressed to the nines with an options list that costs almost $100,000. The Alaskan Diamond White paint finish is included in the options, as are the contrasting orange accents throughout the car’s exterior and interior. Its power still comes from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that works in concert with an electric motor to produce a total of 903 horsepower and around 1,100 pound-feet of torque. Its performance credentials are pretty much public knowledge at this point, but in the interest of full disclosure, the P1 is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 9.8 seconds. Its top speed is listed at 217 mph.

Technically speaking, this particular P1 is a second-hand with the first owner identified as a “Florida-based enthusiast” who took delivery of the car a year ago from McLaren’s dealership in Chicago. The good thing is that the model only has less than 300 miles on its odometer, making it pretty close to being a brand new P1.

The identity of the winning buyer wasn’t disclosed, but it’s evident that whoever won the auction has some deep pockets. As for the first owner, he got to enjoy the car for close to a year and still made money from the sale. That’s the kind of year-over-year returns that we can now expect from the McLaren P1.

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McLaren Drops Images Of The P1 GTR Workshop

McLaren Drops Images Of The P1 GTR Workshop

The orgasmic images you’re looking at here aren’t of some wealthy man’s ridiculous car collection, no, these are images of the new McLaren P1 GTR Workshop. The workshop is located in Woking, England just a hop, skip, and jump away from McLaren Special Operations and the McLaren GT race team. Go ahead and wipe the drool off your chin – I’ll wait.

This workshop is part of McLarens P1 GTR Driver Program. Every customer who enters the program gets access to this workshop and a handful of engineers and mechanics like those seen cleaning up a P1 in the middle of the workshop. It looks like a piece of pure heaven, but a lot more goes on here than you might think. This is where the P1 GTR is prepped for races, maintained and stored until it is time to unleash the fury on the race track once again.

As you can see, being part of the P1 GTR program comes with a lot of perks. Even the livery of the cars can be customized in this workshop, with specialists on hand to help each owner get the desired look – that’s why each of the 12 cars you see in these photos are completely unique. I’ve got to say, working with the McLaren team and spending a little time in this workshop wouldn’t be a bad way to spend the weekend. Take a look at all of the photos for yourself, and enjoy a small glimpse into what only a select few get to actually experience.

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McLaren P1 vs McLaren 650S: Video

McLaren P1 vs McLaren 650S: Video

Ever since the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari were introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, we wanted to see a drag race between two. It took more than two years for that to happen. Likewise, gearheads have been clamoring to see a test between the newer McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB, but that has yet to happen as of this writing. But how about a drag race between the P1 and 650S? Would that be interesting enough?

Sure it would, despite the fact that the 650S would be no match for the 903-horsepower P1. The question here is, exactly how quick is the hybrid supercar compared to the less powerful, yet still exciting, 650-horsepower 650S. After all, we’re talking about two vehicles that are miles apart in terms of pricing, but are separated by less than 300 horsepower.

The video above might answer that question, even though the face-off you’re about to see isn’t a proper drag race, as there’s no timing. It only provides the speed at which the two McLaren’s cross the finish line, but these numbers as well as the footage are enough to get an idea about how quicker the P1 is. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but let’s say that I’m not exactly impressed with the P1. Have a look and tell me what you think in the comments box below.

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McLaren Recalls P1 Supercar For Faulty Backup Hood Latch

McLaren Recalls P1 Supercar For Faulty Backup Hood Latch

Apparently, even the high and mighty aren’t exempt from the clutches of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall. As per the orders of the NHTSA, McLaren has announced a recall of a handful of models of the McLaren P1.

The problems are tied into a defective secondary hood latch that doesn’t re-engage properly, so if the primary latch is inadvertently released, the entire hood may pop open at any time, even when the P1 is moving. Such a scenario would obviously be unfavorable and could cause a crash, especially if the driver is caught off guard by the sudden opening of the hood. The defective hood latches fall in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 113, "Hood Latch System."

According to the notice filed by McLaren, the recall affects P1s that were manufactured between March 1, 2013 to October 31, 2015. No details were revealed on the exact number of models that are affected by the defective hatch, so P1 owners who have cars that were manufactured between those days are advised to wait for a notification from McLaren or contact their dealerships for more information.

As with any recall, McLaren will replace the hood latch with a newer version at no cost to the car owner. The recall is expected to start this month (January 2016). Owners of the P1 better be close to their phones in the event that McLaren comes calling.

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Automotive Christmas Gifts: The McLaren P1s You Can Actually Afford

Automotive Christmas Gifts: The McLaren P1s You Can Actually Afford

It’s that time of the year again and no matter how many presents I’ll find under the Christmas tree I known I’ll be a bit disappointed. That’s because Santa can’t bring me the supercar I’m in love with: the McLaren P1 GTR. With the track-only hybrid sold only to P1 owners and the road-going P1 already discontinued, there’s no hope, no matter how hard Mr.Claus and his army of elves will try. I’m sure many of you are in the same situation as me.

But if you’re willing to make a compromise and settle for a P1 you can’t actually climb in, McLaren and several miniature manufacturers have you covered with a range of static and radio-controlled models in many shapes and sizes.

The smallest P1 you can buy for yourself or as a gift for someone else comes in 1:64th scale from Mattel-HotWheels. The miniature is quite small at 75 mm (three inches) long, but it’s available in two of the car’s official colors — Volcano Orange and Supernova Silver. If you want to build your own P1, Lego also created one as part of its Speed Champions series. It’s not as accurate as a diecast model, but at least you can put it together piece by piece.

Slightly larger models, this time around in 1:43 scale (about 106 mm / 4 inches), are available from True Scale Models (TSM), Minichamps, and Tecnomodel. Although TSM’s don’t come cheap at around ‎€80 a pop, they’re quite accurate for the scale. Not to mention they come in many colors and versions, including the camouflaged prototype and the version that set the P1’s impressive Nurburgring lap time.

Fans of radio-controlled models can have a look at Maisto’s new 1:14 replica. It has illuminating headlamps and taillights and a decent amount of details for a plastic toy.

Finally, there’s the 1:8 scale replica (573 mm / 22.5 inches) built by Amalgam, the Rolls-Royce of the modelcar industry. Their creations are as precise as the rear thing and detailing includes the hand-beaten asymmetric bodywork and creases in the fabric of the seats. Unfortunately, Amalgam’s products are also very expensive, retailing for £4,200 (about $6,255) according to its website. I guess this is the kind of scale model P1 owners could easily afford...

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McLaren Builds Final P1 Supercar

McLaren Builds Final P1 Supercar

Production of the McLaren P1 supercar has come to an end as of December 10th, 2015, as the 375th and final example was completed at the company’s assembly plant in Woking, Surrey. McLaren built the first P1 during the summer of 2013, about four months after the hybrid supercar made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show. All 375 examples were sold out in a matter of months.

"The McLaren P1 has achieved more than we ever expected of it since it was first previewed little over three years ago, both as a new generation of supercar, and in enhancing the McLaren brand globally," said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.

The final production example of the McLaren P1 is finished in a pearlescent orange color, achieved through a unique tinting process. The color pays homage to the shade of the 64th and final McLaren F1 road car, which went on to inspire Volcano Orange, available today across the McLaren range. Much like all P1s before it, the final model received numerous bespoke features designed by McLaren Special Operations, including gloss-black detailing for the switchgear, instrument bezels, and air conditioning vents, and lightweight carbon-fiber-shelled racing seats.

With the P1 off into the history books, McLaren will now focus on the track-only GTR, the only P1-based supercar that’s still in production. The P1 GTR is limited to only 35 units, which are available to P1 owners only.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 3: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 3: Video

The results are in! Ok, that’s not the most fashionable way to intro the third and final part of the Hyper 5 video series, but it’s the best I can do given the excitement surrounding the dramatic conclusion to this epic hypercard throwdown.

Here’s a quick refresher: the Hyper 5 series is the brainchild of Alejandro Salomon. The filmmaker brought five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars together to run independent laps in each of them around the track to see which one could post the fastest lap time. As a bonus, four of the five cars also participated in an elimination-style drag race, with the winner taking on the supercar that has held the fastest drag record for a production vehicle for the better part of a decade.

So, before the lap times were revealed, the drag race took place with the Porsche 918 Spyder taking on the Pagani Huayra and the McLaren P1 duking it out with the Ferrari LaFerrari. The results of the first round of the drag race saw the 918 Spyder and the P1 beating their respective opponents. When it came time for the pair’s own drag race for a spot at the finals opposite the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, it was the 918 Spyder who blew past the P1.

Then it became a battle between the old guard taking on the new whippersnapper. The result of the race wasn’t particularly close, but I’m not going to spoil the winner because, well, you have to watch it to find out.

Once the drag race title was settled, the lap times of all five hypercars were finally revealed. Not surprisingly, the Pagani Huayra, the least powerful of the five, came in dead last, posting a lap time of 1:23.76 seconds. In fourth place came the Bugatti Veyron SS, the heaviest of the five, with a lap time of 1:23.006, leaving the battle for lap time supremacy down to the three hybrid hypercars.

In third place was the McLaren P1, which posted a lap time of 1:18.822 seconds, almost five seconds quicker than the Huayra. But, even that breathtaking lap time wasn’t enough to beat out the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

As for who came out on top, well, I’ll leave that for you to watch. Yep. No spoilers on this one, too. What I will tell you is that the winner finished with a lap time of 1:18.44 while the runner-up finished in 1:18.46. That’s a difference of two-hundredths of a second!

The Hyper 5 series was fun to watch so I have to give credit to Salomon and his crew for taking the time to create it. Well done, sir!

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Chris Harris Puts The LaFerrari, Porsche 918 And McLaren P1 Face To Face: Video

Chris Harris Puts The LaFerrari, Porsche 918 And McLaren P1 Face To Face: Video

Being connected is an important thing in the auto industry, especially if you’re trying to negotiate with three of the world’s most famous automakers to have them lend you their new hybrid hypercars so you can test out all three at the same time. Chris Harris is one of the most connected journos in the business and even he had some difficulty getting Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari on board. Fortunately, his persistence paid off and the result is this.

This episode of “Chris Harris on Cars” runs 52 minutes long. It’s probably the longest episode of the show, but for good reason. In it, Harris finally got the opportunity to drive, compare, and analyze the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari, all together in one race track. An event of such magnitude deserves as much time as can be filmed and Harris even tapped into a few buddies of his to help him sort through all the awesomeness provided by the troika of hybrid hypercars. In case you spot fellow journo Tiff Needel and racer Marino Franchitti, they’re there to give Harris a helping hand.

Also in the episode are the engineers and mechanics of all three manufacturers. That pretty much tells you how seriously these companies are taking this test run. Engineers from McLaren and Ferrari even had a little argument on the tires the P1 and LaFerrari would run in, but as Harris himself pointed out, everything was smoothened out by Pirelli and all three cars eventually took their respective moments in the spotlight.

Since this is basically a whole hour’s worth of viewing, I’m not going to spoil everything that happened during Harris’ time with the three hypercars. There are just too many things that happened that it might be best if viewers just watch it themselves. So sit back and enjoy the ride. Chris Harris finally gets to have his party, with the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari all in attendance.

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 2: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra - Part 2: Video

Last week, we brought you the first part of Alejandro Salomon’s three-part Hyper 5 series. Well, it didn’t take long for the second part of the series to be released, and now we finally get to see five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars in action.

First, a refresher. The Hyper 5 series is the creation of Salomon, otherwise known on the Internet as Salomondrin. He’s a well-off entrepreneur who also happens to be a huge car fan. So with his own resources, combined with steady contributions from the owners of the five hypercars in the film, Salomon decided to bring all of them together to see which one reigns supreme as the best of them all. The five supercars include the Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Now, onto the second episode. GMG Racing’s James Sofronas is prominently featured in this episode, since he was given the task of driving timed laps for all five hypercars.

Before even getting into one of the cars, Sofronas gave Salomon a few predictions on which he thought would be the quickest in the quarter-mile (McLaren P1), which would be the hardest to drive (Bugatti Veyron), and best of all, which one would ultimately win the entire showdown (Porsche 918 Spyder).

Once all predictions were handed out, Sofronas went ahead and laid rubber with each of the five hypercars on a hot lap around the track. The lap times of each of the five cars weren’t revealed because, apparently, those are being saved for the climactic episode next week.

So, while we all wait to find out which of these five will be crowned the winner, we have more than enough time to watch all five hypercars engage in some pretty incredible hot laps. Enjoy the video!

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Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra: Video

Ferrari LaFerrari Vs. McLaren P1 Vs. Bugatti Veyron Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. Pagani Huayra: Video

What happens when you put a Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra, McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and a Ferrari LaFerrari in the same track at the same time? Short of the world actually melting into a puddle, you get to witness filmmaker Alejandro Salomon’s three-part series called “Hyper 5”.

The premise of Hyper 5 is pretty simple. You get five of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercars, run independent tests on each of them around the track and on the drag strip, then document the whole thing to see which one reigns supreme. This is the first part of the series. In it, Salomon spends the entire episode giving each supercar proper introductions. None of the actual tests were done in this episode because Salomon’s apparently saving that for the second and third installments.

Be that as it may, we still get top-quality, film making production, which adds to the incredible build-up of seeing all five supercars in action. Salomon did a good job giving each car its turn in the spotlight, even pointing out that none of these exotics came from their manufacturers. They’re all customer cars, free from any modifications, and all running on stock tires.

We’re going to have to wait for episodes two and three to see how these tests end up going. As far as putting my money on any one of them, I’m going to steer clear of picking a favorite because all of them have as good a chance as any at being the best among the lot. Besides, my choice would’ve been the Koenigsegg One:1, except that it’s not part of the quintet.

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LaFerrari VS P1 VS 918 Spyder Track Shootout Teaser: Video

LaFerrari VS P1 VS 918 Spyder Track Shootout Teaser: Video

Sometimes, all you need for success is the right ingredients. It doesn’t matter how they come together – if picked wisely, each component will inevitably benefit the whole. One example comes from the culinary world – it doesn’t matter what you’re cooking; add bacon, and the result will be a masterpiece, guaranteed. But what about in the world of performance vehicles? Well, The SupercarDriver thinks it has the right stuff with this upcoming shootout. Simply put, each member of the hybrid hypercar “Holy Trinity” will be present for a no-holds-barred rumble of speed and tire smoke. Sweet.

Even though every gearhead on the planet wants to see the LaFerrari, 918 Spyder, and P1 go head-to-head, Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren seem reluctant to put up examples for direct comparison. Luckily, SCD managed to coerce Paul Bailey, who just so happens to own one of each, into loaning out his babies for a day of testing.

The venue of choice is Silverstone, while the man behind the wheel is British Touring Car racer Mat Jackson. SCD says it only has a few tests left to shoot before it releases a “mammoth feature film” documenting the results. There will be telemetry data, analysis, and loads of footage showing uber-expensive, tip-of-the-spear technological juggernauts tackling the iconic U.K. circuit.

Expect the full-length comparison sometime this November.

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Bruno Senna To Mentor McLaren P1 GTR Owners

Bruno Senna To Mentor McLaren P1 GTR Owners

If you are into pushing cars to the limit, then you would probably love Bruno Senna’s career. He is a previous Formula 1 driver and is currently McLarens factory driver. Now, he’s a member of the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Program that will be underway soon. The program follows a strict calendar of events where drivers start off with race-seat fitting and performance testing before taking a seat in McLaren’s racing simulator. Once the initial consultation is done, drivers will take a shot at running a 2016 McLaren P1 GTR around various tracks like the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, and Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.

It goes without saying that a man like Senna doesn’t need help driving a McLaren P1 GTR, so that isn’t why he is a part of the program. He joined the program as a mentor to help other drivers prepare to hit the track in the beast of a supercar. His role is to help drivers learn to safely take advantage of the increased performance that the GTR has. In coordination with the Bespoke training schedule, Senna will help each driver hone his skills so that he can push himself and the P1 GTR to the limit. It is only a matter of time before the program kicks off, as the first customer version of the GTR is now on its way to McLaren Special Operations, where it will be optimized and made race ready.

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2015 McLaren P1 By MSO With Exposed Carbon-Fiber Body Sides

2015 McLaren P1 By MSO With Exposed Carbon-Fiber Body Sides

In 2013, McLaren rolled out the 2014 McLaren P1, its first full-fledged supercar since the 1993 McLaren F1. Equipped with a hybrid drivetrain and introduced about the same time as the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari and 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, the P1 became part of the first generation of hybrid supercars. With production limited to only 375, the P1 sold out in no time. However, because each models is hand-built at McLaren’s plant in Woking, the Brits have yet to assemble all P1s as of mid-2015. Although most P1s are special to the extent that they were taken to the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for custom paint jobs and interiors, this example stands out in a crowd.

Though it has also received a bespoke paint and a chrome finish, the reason why this P1 is truly unique is that it features exposed carbon-fiber parts. Granted, it’s not the first P1 to sport unpainted carbon fiber (McLaren built 20 full-carbon P1s), but it’s a combination we don’t get to see very often, even on very expensive hypercars.

There’s no word as to who took delivery of this beauty or how much he (or she) paid for it, but it’s a sight to behold. And since most of us probably won’t get to see this particular P1 in the metal, I decided it deserves a full review of its own.

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McLaren's Victory Lap at Le Mans: Video

McLaren’s Victory Lap at Le Mans: Video

McLaren hasn’t competed at Le Mans for quite some time, but the pre-race ceremonies at this year’s race were basically one big McLaren party. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1995-1997 McLaren F1 GTR’s victory at the 24-hour race, McLaren pulled out all the stops and brought along all five GTR racers that competed in the 1995 race, a 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail and the new 2016 McLaren P1 GTR for a victory lap of Le Sarthe. Owners from around the world in 2014 McLaren P1s, 2015 McLaren 650Ss and 12Cs were also invited to come along.

Now McLaren has released this outstanding video documenting the occasion. This wasn’t exactly a gingerly paced parade lap. These guys really canned it down the Mulsanne and other fast sections of the track. McLaren Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin took the wheel of the race-winning No. 49 Ueno Clinic car. All three race-winning drivers were there and behind the wheels of other cars: Yannick Dalmas in the P1 GTR, JJ Lehto in the Longtail and Masanori Sekiya in a P1.

You’ll probably want to turn your speakers up for this one. It’s case study in comparing the sound of McLaren’s old, BMW-sourced V-12 and the new turbocharged V-8. (Spoiler: the V-12 sounds way better.)

The F1 wasn’t built as a race car, but interest from customer teams eventually led the company to building the F1 GTR. 1995 was the first year McLaren entered Le Mans, and it didn’t just win its first time out, the five cars absolutely dominated, finishing first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th. It’s also the last road-based car to win at Le Mans. Check out McLaren’s Le Mans Memories video series to learn about McLaren’s extraordinary 1995 race.

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McLaren P1 GTR Hits 202 MPH: Video

McLaren P1 GTR Hits 202 MPH: Video

The line between road-going supercars and full fledged race cars used to be more distinct. Not that you never saw racing versions of supercars, but they usually had to be heavily modified in order to go racing. But then the McLaren F1 won Le Mans, followed a few years later by a win from the 1995-1999 Porsche 911 GT1, and really fast cars started being designed with the idea in mind of being both street and race cars. This has never been more true than it is with the current round of hypercars, which includes the F1’s successor, the P1. In racing form, it is the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR, and here we see it on the track hitting 202mph.

The car is wearing the historic Harrod’s livery that 1995-1997 McLaren F1 GTR chassis No.06R wore at Le Mans. But it looks just as good 20 years later, and it fits the P1 GTR just as well as it did the F1 GTR with very little changed. The video shows the car on a track in the south of France, where it looks perfectly at home. The only real complaint with the video would have to be that the music sometimes gets in the way of the engine noise. I don’t know why some idiot insists on music so often. There’s nothing romantic about a 200-mph adrenaline rush, and it’s own soundtrack is the correct one. Okay? Please?

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McLaren Starts Production Of P1 GTR; 42 of 45 Units Already Ordered

McLaren Starts Production Of P1 GTR; 42 of 45 Units Already Ordered

Production of the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR has just kicked off at the company’s plant in Woking, were 45 examples of the track-only supercar will be built by the end of the year. The British car maker originally intended to start producing the P1 GTR after the production run of the road-going 2014 McLaren P1 finished, but high demand for the track version prompted McLaren to commence production earlier.

That’s the word from Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, which adds that 42 of the 45 units McLaren plans to build are already spoken for. This means that only three P1 GTRs are still available as of this writing. However, you shouldn’t break the piggy bank unless you own a road-going P1, as the track-restricted supercar is only available to P1 owners.

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed only 45 P1 GTRs will be built, but he did admit that the brand could produce up to 375 units to match the production figures of the standard P1. That’s not very likely to happen though, as the P1 GTR was conceived as a very limited supercar and increasing production to more than 100 units would defeat its purpose and hurt McLaren’s image.

Even though both the P1 and the P1 GTR will be built on the same line, it’s expected that all GTRs will be completed by the end of the summer, in time for the first customer event in October.

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McLaren P1 Sold Out; Five XP Prototypes Will Make It To Production

McLaren P1 Sold Out; Five XP Prototypes Will Make It To Production

It only took eight months for customers to secure McLaren’s entire allotment of 375 2014 McLaren P1s after it was first shown in 2013, but now customers might have one last chance to buy one of a small run of additional P1s. New reports suggest that McLaren will build five P1 XP Carbon Series Red cars from five prototype P1s that were used in pre-production testing.

According to a report from Blacklist via The Super Car Kids, all five P1 XPs will wear a polished carbon fiber finish with red pinstripes on the front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, rear view mirrors and around the extractor vents on the hood. The black wheels will also have red accent inner rings. Inside, the Alcantara seats will get red stitching and P1 logos, while more red accents are on the dash and center console.

Performance-wise everything is expected to remain unchanged from other P1s, but with a 903-horsepower gas-electric powertrain, they won’t exactly be lacking. Between the 800-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 and 103-horsepower electric motor, it does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and 0-100 in 4.7. McLaren claims it will lap the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes. All that, with the ability to run for over six miles on electricity alone.

It’s not known exactly how many P1 prototypes were built, but it was almost certainly more than five. Some would have been sacrificed to crash tests and one, called the XP-7, was used for press drives and is said to have over 40,000 miles on its odometer. Its name would also indicate that there were at least seven prototypes built. Other prototypes would have been subjected to extreme temperatures in places like Death Valley and northern Scandinavia.

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CSR2 - Teaser Trailer: Video

CSR2 - Teaser Trailer: Video

British software developer NaturalMotion has just released a teaser for CSR2, its upcoming sequel to the hit CSR Racing, and man does it look good. Featuring a 45-second walk-around of an extremely orange 2014 McLaren P1, you’d easily forget you were watching a trailer for a mobile game, as the graphics quality is undoubtedly on par with older-generation console titles.

The original CSR, released in 2012, was a free-to-play drag-racing game for iOS, OS X, and Android platforms. It did quite well, quickly earning $12 million in monthly revenues soon after its release. It was downloaded some 130 million times, which prompted social games publisher Zynga to pony up $527 million to acquire NaturalMotion.

Now, we get a peak at the hotly anticipated follow-up. The game will fall in line with its predecessor, with a free-to-play model and drag racing-oriented gameplay. Instead of steering and braking, the focus is on executing optimal gear changes on a quarter- or half-mile track. The controls are simple to understand and perform, and designed for quick games without extensive commitment.

Gamers will be able to accumulate and manage a stable of high-end sports cars, each rendered in highly accurate detail. For the developers, authenticity was paramount. To help support the graphical precision, NaturalMotion reportedly acquired CAD data from manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Pagani. Further specifics, such as factory paint options, model trim options, and even the brake caliper colors are all correct.

CSR2 will also come with new controls and mechanics, the details of which currently remain under wraps, while social gameplay will take on new importance. Continuity between CSR 1 and 2 is also a possibility.

CSR2 will see a soft-launch in the next few weeks, with wider release on iOS and Android devices expected later this year.

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Le Mans Memories: Part 7 - Returning to Le Mans: Video

Le Mans Memories: Part 7 - Returning to Le Mans: Video

One of the coolest things at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans happened before the race even started. The five 1995-1996 McLaren F1 GTRs that dominated the 1995 race 20 years ago were led out on a parade of Le Sarthe by the new 2016 McLaren P1 GTR track-only hypercar. Also in tow were the Gulf-liveried 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail and 28 McLaren owners who brought their cars out to the race. The entire event is covered in this recent video from McLaren, which is also the latest in its Le Mans Memories series.

The procession was asked to keep it under 50 mph, but it’s not every day you get to drive a McLaren on the Mulsanne Straight, so things got a little crazy. No one was willing to self-incriminate by divulging how fast they went, but McLaren test driver Chris Goodwin in the P1 GTR and J.J. Lehto in the Longtail were winding it out in at least fourth gear, which probably means they were approaching 150 mph.

Among the McLaren customers who made it out was a Canadian gentleman who had just flown a few days prior to pick up his lust-worthy new 2015 McLaren 650S LM from McLaren Paris — a special-edition 650S inspired by the No.59 car that won in 1995 — and drove it straight to Le Mans for the race. The owner of the “Superman” P1 we covered in May also made it out.

Be sure to watch the previous six episodes of Le Mans Memories as well, in which designer Gordon Murray, McLaren CEO Ron Dennis and team manager Paul Lanzante, among others, discuss the 1995 race. They’re all essential viewing for students of sports car racing history.

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McLaren Pays Tribute To Alain Prost With One-Off P1 Prost By MSO

McLaren Pays Tribute To Alain Prost With One-Off P1 Prost By MSO

With the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed right around the corner, McLaren’s MSO division has created yet another bespoke P1. This time around, the Brits have a unveiled a supercar wearing a livery dedicated to four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost.

Specifically, the P1 Prost has received an exterior paint that mimics the livery of the helmet worn by the Frenchman during his six-year stint with McLaren in F1, between 1984 and 1989. During that period, Prost won three of his four world titles, which pretty much explains why McLaren chose to dedicate him one of the only 375 2014 McLaren P1s built.

Finished in white, the supercar is adorned by blue lines and squares on the lower part of its body, as well as on the front hood and rear wing. Additionally, thin red lines run from the nose to the rear, as well as on each side, from the front bumper toward the rear diffuser. The car also features bright-red calipers for a strong contrast with the black-painted wheels. The theme continues inside, where the bucket seats showcase blue Alcantara, which brighten up the otherwise black/carbon cabin.

The P1 Prost by MSO will be on display at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside other McLaren sports cars, including the new 2016 McLaren 570S Coupe, a rare F1 GT, the 2015 McLaren 650S Le Mans, and a 2016 McLaren 675LT. This year’s Goodwood kicks off June 25th and ends June 28th.

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Latest McLaren P1 Built By MSO Looks Like Daredevil's Personal Ride

Latest McLaren P1 Built By MSO Looks Like Daredevil’s Personal Ride

About a week ago I brought you news of a new MSO-customized McLaren P1 wrapped in what appeared to be a Superman-inspired livery. It’s probably just a coincidence, but MSO just rolled out another P1 that seems to have taken its color scheme from a comic book. This time around, it’s Stan Lee’s Daredevil, the blind superhero wearing a dark-red suit as he seeks revenge against his father’s killers.

This P1 features a two-tone paint combining black and bright red, both of which have nothing to do with Daredevil necessarily, but the way the red accents are positioned on the black background made me browse my comic book collection. Am I the only one picturing Daredevil’s horns in the P1’s red stripes running from under the headlamps all the way across the front fenders?

Be that as it may, this is by far the most intriguing P1 to come from MSO. Not only is the livery unique, but it provides a striking contrast. Red over black is an attention-grabber no matter the car. When this combination is on a P1, the effect is that much more impressive.

The same theme continues inside the cabin, where bright red adorns the A/C vents, the lower part of the steering wheel, the center stack, and the door panels. As always, the hybrid drivetrain remained unchanged at 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

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McLaren P1, LaFerrari And Porsche 918 At Silverstone: Video

McLaren P1, LaFerrari And Porsche 918 At Silverstone: Video

To our knowledge, this video depicts the first time the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder have all been on the same track at the same time, or at least, it’s the first time someone has thought to bring a video camera and a few GoPros to document the proceedings. The hypercar trinity was brought together at England’s Silverstone Circuit to take a few lucky passengers on hot lap rides at a Supercar Driver charity event. Timed laps weren’t allowed (you can probably thank Ferrari for that), but just seeing the three on track together at the same time is a pretty amazing sight.

Amazingly, these three cars are all owned by one guy. Paul Bailey is an English businessman who made his future in the telecom industry and is thought to be one of the few, if not the only, human being on the planet that owns all three hybrid hypercars. He took delivery of the P1 first in 2014. Some months later in early 2015 he drove the P1 to the Ferrari dealership to pick up his LaFerrari. That same day, he and his wife drove the P1 and the LaFerrari to a Porsche dealership about 100 miles away to pick up the 918. He’s obviously doing something right.

In case you need a refresher, the McLaren P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, which, when combined with its electric motor, produces 903 horsepower. The 918 uses an atmospheric flat-plane-crank V-8 and two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear, to produce 887 horsepower. The most powerful of the bunch is the LaFerrari. It’s howling 6.3-liter V-12 incorporates an electric motor mounted directly to the gearbox to produce 963 horsepower. All together, it’s a combined output of 2,453 horsepower. Each will sprint to 60 in under three seconds and easily exceed 200 mph.

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Latest McLaren P1 Built By MSO Features Superman-Inspired Color Scheme

Latest McLaren P1 Built By MSO Features Superman-Inspired Color Scheme

It’s hard to find two supercars that are cooler than the McLaren P1. Some would nominate the LaFerrari, while others would go with the Porsche 918 Spyder. I, on the other hand, would nominate two cars: the McLaren F1 or a P1 that’s been customized through the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division.

With the F1 significantly rarer and more expensive than the P1, an MSO-customized P1 seems to be the more attainable dream, to those who have already booked a P1 and have more than $1 million to spare, of course. As you may already know, all P1s have been spoken for since late 2013. But because building one is a laborious process, McLaren is still busy delivering the final batch of cars of the total 375-unit production run. And because the P1 has proven more popular for personalization than another supercars, one-off models keeping rolling out MSO’s shop in England.

The latest P1 by MSO to come into the spotlight is this gorgeous, blue-painted example that seems to sport a Superman-inspired theme. As usual, it’s the paint that makes it unique. While the glossy blue wrap already makes it stand out among other P1s, the bright-red stripes on its side skirts, front bumper, trunk lid, doors, and wheels make it that much more stunning to look at. The uniqueness continues on the inside, where the supercar received a light-blue center console and extra carbon-fiber and Alcantara.

The hybrid drivetrain remained unchanged, but that’s far from disappointing given total output sits at 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

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McLaren P1 GTR Makes Some Noise On The Track: Video

McLaren P1 GTR Makes Some Noise On The Track: Video

For months I’ve been waiting for a proper footage of the McLaren P1 GTR, and my prayers have been finally answered. After countless videos showing the standard P1 on various tracks around the world, including Spa Francorchamps and Laguna Seca, this three-minute flick will most likely quench your thirst for GTR awesomeness. And although I wouldn’t really care which track this British monster was on, I’m proud to inform you the video above was filmed at the Spa Francorchamps. And yes, it shows the P1 GTR going past the iconic Eau Rouge and up the Radillion!

There’s no info as to what this black-painted GTR is doing on Belgium’s famous track, but judging by the fact that it has a laptop connected to it at the pits and an engineer analyzing the data, I’m tempted to believe it’s just a regular test day for McLaren. Choosing the Spa instead of the Nurburgring comes as no surprise either, as the Brits used the Belgian course to test the regular P1 (yeah, I know there’s nothing regular about that supercar) either. Hit play to watch the GTR in action and stay tuned because there’s probably more where this came from.

Oh, and in case you missed it, McLaren is reportedly working on a road-legal version of the P1 GTR. We created a rendering of it and also named it the P1 LM, in a nod to the exclusive F1 LM of the 1990s. Make sure you check it out here.

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McLaren Reportedly Planning Street-Legal P1 GTR

McLaren Reportedly Planning Street-Legal P1 GTR

Less than two months have passed since McLaren unveiled the track-exclusive P1 GTR at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and word has it the Brits are already working on a new P1-based supercar. Specifically, McLaren is supposedly bringing the P1 GTR race car to the streets in a limited-edition run of only 25 units.

So McLaren converted the bonkers P1 into a race car and it’s now reversing the process for an even more powerful, road-legal supercar? Where do I sign up?

The scoop comes from MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman, who only a couple of weeks ago spread rumors about Ferrari preparing a competitor for the McLaren 570S and Porsche 911 Turbo S. Lieberman’s tweet doesn’t include a source, but he mentions the street-legal GTR would cost £2 million (about $3 million). Not exactly a bargain, even for a supercar, but not a lot more expensive than the track-confined P1 GTR, priced from £1.98 million (around $2.96 million).

"McLaren’s MSO is prepping 25 P1 GTRs for the street. Only £2M, or $3M. More info when it comes #McLaren #MSO #P1 #P1GTR," Lieberman said on his Twitter account.

Of course, the road-legal P1 GTR is far from official, so make sure you keep those salt shakers nearby. Also, make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for further information on the matter.

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EVO Pits The McLaren P1 Against The McLaren F1: Video

EVO Pits The McLaren P1 Against The McLaren F1: Video

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.

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McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. LaFerrari - Which Is Fastest To Build: Video

McLaren P1 Vs. Porsche 918 Vs. LaFerrari - Which Is Fastest To Build: Video

I’m probably not the only gearhead that wants to see a drag race between the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari, but there’s a reason why such a confrontation won’t happen anytime soon. And it’s all Ferrari’s fault, because Maranello doesn’t want this to happen! Yup, Ferrari has forbidden LaFerrari owners to race it against the P1 and the 918; the same owners who paid more than $1.3 million to take the hybrid supercar home. Is Ferrari trying to hide anything? Could it be that the LaFerrari is actually slower than its main competitors, prompting Maranello to keep its hypercar away from drag races and head-to-head track battles? Unfortunately, it’s a question I can’t really answer given the current circumstances.

With an actual test between the three impossible to schedule, the folks over at XCAR came up with a different way to compare the supercars. It doesn’t involve burnouts, drag racing or track carving, but hundreds of plastic parts and the joy of building... Lego cars. Specifically, XCAR set out to find out which of the three is fastest to build and purchased the LaFerrari, P1, and 918 Hybrid from the brand’s Speed Champions series. Silly? Could be, but you have to admit it’s the only way these supercars can be compared unless you have the actual cars, a race track, and a stopwatch. Hit the play button to find out which is fastest to build.

Spoiler alert: Ferrari is probably happy with the outcome.

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2015 McLaren P1 Vs. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

2015 McLaren P1 Vs. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: Video

Always on the hunt for interesting head-to-head comparisons, Motor Trend recently pitted the McLaren P1 against the Porsche 918 Spyder on the track, with racing driver Randy Pobst testing each model on the Laguna Seca circuit. Initially, the Ferrari LaFerrari was expected to complete the hypercar trinity, but Ferrari allegedly refused to allow a LaFerrari customer to lend his pride and joy for the comparison.

Even so, McLaren and Porsche decided to contribute to the shootout. While Porsche simply said yes, McLaren flew in an entire team of technicians and spare tires for the P1, even though it didn’t make any difference to the end result. That is, indeed, a spoiler, because not many people — Porsche and McLaren included - expected the heavier and less-powerful 918 Spyder to simply mop the floor with the P1 on the circuit.

Both hybrid hypercars have carbon-fiber bodies, dual-clutch transmissions, high-revving V-8s augmented with electric motors and can reach 60 mph in under three seconds. But there are plenty of differences between them, which is why they are very different in both power delivery and lap times. In the end, the 918 Spyder beat its own lap-record on Laguna Seca, while the P1 only managed to finish about a second later on each run. Although all three hypercars are already sold out, the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari will be part of or collective memory for years to come.
And this video shows why.

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Watch Chris Harris Have Fun In the Mclaren P1: Video

Watch Chris Harris Have Fun In the Mclaren P1: Video

Despite what some people may think, supercar ownership comes with both ups and downs, since it’s not exactly a walk in the park to use an insanely powerful vehicle on public roads. Chris Harris recently had the chance to spend a whole weekend with a McLaren P1, documenting almost every step of his short "ownership" of the model for our enjoyment. As some of his avid fans may remember, Harris chose the P1 as his "car of the year" in 2014, after having driven the McLaren, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari back-to-back.

As you can guess, the resulting video of his shenanigans with the P1 consists of plenty of sideways action on the track, but it also raises other important points, such as drivability on the open road, creature comforts, and what is like living with a stupidly fast hypercar. In short, Chris crammed as many details as possible in the close to 19-minute video, so there is lots of never-before-seen information in there, including an "attack" of the Goodwood Hillclimb with the P1 in electric mode and a very wet drag race against an Audi RS6 Avant.

As a refresher, the McLaren P1 is packed with a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine and an electric motor that deliver a combined output of 903 horsepower and 722 pound-feet of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. It can get from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and from 0-124 in a scarcely believable 6.8 seconds.

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2016 McLaren P1 GTR

2016 McLaren P1 GTR

The iconic GTR returns after two decades!

The 2014 McLaren P1 debuted with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that together 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 GTR 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 translate into 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. Read on to meet McLaren’s new and utterly powerful race car.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren P1 GTR.

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

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McLaren P1 Takes On Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Video

McLaren P1 Takes On Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Video

On a normal track day, a high percentage of sports cars going head-to-head with a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 would likely have no chance, especially if the Corvette in question is equipped with the Z07 Package and grippy Michelin Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires. Unfortunately for his bragging rights but luckily for us, the footage above doesn’t depict the average track day for this Corvette Z06 owner, as he was accompanied and then downright obliterated by a mighty McLaren P1 on the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas.

It is worth mentioning that the video was shot courtesy of the Performance Data Recorder found on the Z06, which overlays the engine rpm, acceleration and braking, G-forces, steering angle, gear position, speed, lap times and a map of the track being driven on top of the video. Thanks to that helpful data we can estimate that the McLaren P1 goes to plaid on the straights, since it pretty much leaves the Corvette in the dust on every occasion.

On the other hand, the McLaren P1 driver may be either inexperienced, unfamiliar with the Circuit of the Americas or simply overly protective of his car. I say this because the Z06 easily keeps up with the P1 in the corners and the British hypercar seems to brake way too early. Either way, the resulting footage is pretty enjoyable, to say the least, even if it isn’t a race per se.

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McLaren P1 with 24k Gold MSO Parts: Video

McLaren P1 with 24k Gold MSO Parts: Video

Although it’s safe to say all 375 units of the McLaren P1 are unique in their own right, some examples, and especially those gifted with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) parts, are a bit more special that the "standard" versions. Then there’s the P1 in Schmee’s video above. Granted, it might not look unusual at first glance, but give the footage a few seconds and you’ll notice that the white-and-black exterior is complemented by gold wheels, a gold engine cover and gold McLaren badging. Sure, it’s not unusual for certain cars to feature gold wheels (think Subaru WRX STi), but the P1’s are actually gold-plated and, according to Schmee, crafted by McLaren’s MSO division.

What’s more, it seems it’s not just the supercar’s exterior that’s finished in gold. Schmee says the interior trim is adorned by the same expensive metal, as is the exhaust heat shield. The latter was likely added in a nod to the McLaren F1, which had most of its engine hood wrapped in about 0.8 ounce of gold for heat insulation. Making this P1, which was spotted in Malaysia, that much more special is that it’s the only one in the world that features bespoke VIN and chassis numbers, outside the usual 001-to-375 number run. Guess this owner wanted his P1 to be truly unique. Gold-plated parts, custom VIN number, I wonder what’s next?

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