The perks of being Jay Leno seemingly has no bounds these days. Whereas most of us would call it a lucky day just to own a car that has four wheels and takes us from point A to point B, Leno’s definition of a lucky day is finally receiving the McLaren P1.
Oh, to be that guy.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno finally gets his hands on his personal P1 and proceeds to make the rest of the auto world green with envy with his proclamation that he had already put "1,000 miles" on it. Care to give us a ride in that mighty machine, Jay?
But the real meat of the episode focused on his guest, Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive. Together, the two talked shop about McLaren Automotive’s history and the success the company has had since it first introduced the F1 a little over 20 years ago. From there, the discussion eventually moved to the P1, the company’s latest supercar that has pretty much exceeded all the expectations everyone has set on it since the time development began. He also tried to trick Flewitt into revealing the rumored 7-minute Nurburgring time of the P1.
Or as Leno puts it, the P1 has made even the most hardened of auto journalists "gush over it like school children." To that, we can’t argue with him.
Check out the rest of the episode as Jay takes his new P1 out for a drive on the streets of Los Angeles. Chances are, you’d be dying to ride shotgun by the time the episode’s over.
Some of us consider buying a new pair of Jordans as money well spent. But for a guy like Jay Leno, Jordans just don’t cut it anymore. If you want to get this guy all giddy, he needs to buy something he really wants, which in this case happens to be a McLaren P1.
Recently, Leno was captured taking the P1 out to stretch its legs and by looking at how excited he was just by getting out of it, you can tell that Leno already has a soft spot for this incredible piece of British engineering. If it weren’t so big, we would have thought he’s been hugging it in bed every night since he received it.
The McLaren P1 is a legitimate bad-ass, one that’s capable of producing a staggering 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. That allows the P1 to cover 0-to-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, faster than some of us can move our foot from the brake to the gas pedal when a traffic light turns green. Top speed is at 217 mph, which pretty much means it’s ridiculously fast.
Being Jay Leno comes with many perks, one of which is VIP tickets to the recently held US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Whereas most of us will be probably get lucky scoring grandstand seats, Leno doesn’t roll like that. He goes inside, deep into the heart of the event, to talk to a variety of individuals who played big roles in bringing Formula One back to U.S. soil.
Leno’s first interview was with renowned German racetrack architect Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for designing what would eventually be known as the Circuit of the Americas. From there, the comedian spends some time with an engineer from McLaren to discuss the finer points of an F1 car. That’s a conversation we’d love to be a part of.
Finally, Leno meets McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey before getting a chance to ride shotgun on a McLaren MP4-12C around the track.
The perks this man gets as one of the world’s foremost celebrity gear heads is downright incredible.
Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C
Even after years of being around, the McLaren F1 still deserves the respect of being one of the first modern-day supercars to grace us with its presence.
Everything about the F1 inspires conversation, but this time around, we leave noted auto enthusiast Jay Leno to give us the lowdown on one of the F1’s most important features: its engine.
Professor Leno has his own F1 and it needed a new fuel pump, which made it pretty easy to access its 6.0-liter V-12 engine because, believe it or not, you have to yank out this powerplant to access the pump. In so doing, Leno gives us the lowdown on what makes this particular engine well suited to satisfy the rage of the McLaren supercar and allow it produce all of its 618 horsepower.
Considering that the F1 first made headway 20 years ago, you can make a definite case that the 618 horsepower it produces without any turbochargers is still a benchmark few other vehicles can be proud to say they’ve met these days.
That’s saying a lot, adding only to the mystique of the F1 and its capabilities as a track-capable supercar capable of hitting 62 mph in just over 3 seconds, while hitting a top speed of just a shade under 250 mph - back in 1998.
And to Jay Leno’s credit, his willingness to show us the inner guts of the McLaren F1’s engine is something that’s well appreciated.
Click past the jump to read about the McLaren F1
While the entire automotive world is focused on the 2012 Paris Auto Show set to start tomorrow, Jay Leno is showing us how he takes full advantage of his king-like status in the automotive world by showing off the toys he played with at Pebble Beach. This latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features two of the most impressive models displayed at the Concours: the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder and 12C Can-Am Edition.
McLaren design director, Frank Stephenson, joined Leno in his review and helped out by offering a few details on the two models. He pointed out that the 12C Spider is only 88 lbs heavier than the coupe and that the Can-Am concept is about to enter production as a dedicated track car.
If true, this can be one of the most powerful race cars out there, getting a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers an amazing 630 HP!
A few weeks ago, Jay Leno’s brand new McLaren MP4-12C was caught in California and now the late night talk show host is ready to put it in the spotlight. Something tells us he is very proud of his brand new $230,000 acquisition.
Leno has sat behind the wheel of the MP4-12C many times considering he has repeatedly invited McLaren to his Garage for some test runs, but in this 15 minute video, Leno gets a bit more personal and goes into details of the MP4-12C that have never been addressed in other reviews.
As a refresher, Leno’s McLaren MP4-12C is painted in a very cool Volcano Orange and is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that delivers a total of 592 HP at 7,000rpm and 443 lb-ft. of torque between 3,000 and 7,000rpm. It can hit a top speed of 205 mph.