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2013 Geneva Motor Show - 2014 McLaren P1

Greg Emmerson
Mar 8, 2013
2014 mclaren p1 front right Photo 1/6   |   2014 mclaren p1

Welcome to the era of the eco-hypercar. Perhaps the most 'technical' supercar company in existance, it was inevitable McLaren would enter the realms of the hypercar with a tech spec to make your head spin. Designed in collaboration with members of the F1 team (Ron Dennis had a 2008 F1 car placed in the design studio for over a year as inspiration), the P1 brings the full gamut of F1-inspired technology, with DRS-alike hybrid drive from an electric motor that is also capable of powering the P1 12miles on EV power alone. Boasting more downforce than any other road car, the P1 generates 600kg of downforce @ 161mph which puts it in the same ballpark as a GT3 racing car and generate 2G cornering. In a road car. We'd rather not discover what happens when the downforce runs out...

Power comes courtesy of a comprehensively upgraded version of the 3.8 twin turbo V8 found in the MP4 12C, which delivers 737bhp alone & 916bhp in tandem with the hybrid drive electric motor. Batteries mounted under the cabin charge in just two hours & the electric motor delivers 191lb ft instantly, making the driving experience incredibly responsive. Performance is as ludicrous as near 1000bhp would have you think: 0-62mph in less than 3.0 seconds, 0-124mph in less than 7.0 seconds and 186mph in less than 17 seconds with a top speed of. Launch control means you can rinse & repeat all day long.

2014 mclaren p1 rear Photo 2/6   |   2014 mclaren p1

You conduct this orchestra of power and grip from a cabin highly focused on the driver, immaculately finished and shorn of sound deadening. Sat nav & climate control are sensibly retained and aid the P1's useability, just as superb vision courtesy of the cockpit style cabin does. One point of note though: the driver sits on the left only, projected RHD sales being insufficient to justify the cost of re engineering. Given that all 375 sold out with ease (in fact McLaren reduced original production projection to maintain exclusivity) neither LHD, nor the £866,000 cost of acquisition would seem to be a problem...

McLaren's take on the Hypercar theme is stunning in the flesh, far more attractive than the early photo's suggested with the rear view in particular lending the P1 an air of purposeful malevolance it's performance deserves. The fact that the P1's performance stats mirror 'La Ferrari' so closely is surely no coincidence, we just hope the comparison test happens one day. If anyone would like to lends us the pair, we'd only be too happy to conduct...

2014 mclaren p1 right Photo 3/6   |   2014 mclaren p1
By Greg Emmerson
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