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McLaren P1

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Until a few years ago McLaren Automotive was not a household name in the United States. McLaren built its reputation in Formula 1 by introducing new technologies and building the most efficient racecars out there. In 1993 McLaren launched the F1, a center seat, 242mph, BMW V12 powered monster that now commands millions of dollars at auction. It took twenty years for McLaren to launch the F1’s spiritual successor- the $1,150,000 P1.

McLaren’s reincarnated hypercar may not pack the V12 from its father but it still has a nearly 300-hp advantage over the F1. The McLaren P1 sports a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 producing 727-hp combined with a 176-hp electric motor for a total 904-hp. All that power propels the P1 to 60mph in 2.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 217mph. Although there are cars that can sprint to 60mph faster (Porsche 911 Turbo S for example) and there are cars that have a higher top speed (Bugatti Veyron anybody?), the McLaren P1 isn’t meant for JUST straight-line sprinting- the P1 is aimed at one goal: setting lap times at whatever racetrack the P1 sets its sights on.

By looking at the extreme ducts and grooves that cover the P1’s body it is easy to see that aerodynamics was going to be McLaren’s ticket to beating the best from Ferrari and Porsche. The P1 was designed to slice through the air with minimal drag, which allows it to climb to 150mph in under 10 seconds- the same time it takes the average hatchback to get to 60mph. The P1’s key however is its legendary “Race Mode”. When activated Race Mode lowers the car two inches from normal ride right, opens up flaps in the rear underbody, and raises the rear spoiler an impressive 12 inches from resting position. The changes are so drastic that the P1 is no longer street legal in many states due to no longer complying with mandatory headlight levels. On the track however these changes add up to nearly 1323lbs of downforce at 160mph and can handle over 2G’s of braking (your neck will break before the P1’s brakes fade).

As you would imagine the P1’s interior is track focused featuring a minimalistic design of carbon fiber, a single central media system, and… not much else. The P1 goes so far to keep the weight down that it doesn’t even have a glovebox. But when you buy a car like the P1 are you really looking for the interior? No. You are looking for the ultimate engineering exercise and (most likely) a hypercar that will command even higher prices in years to come. But go ahead, sell the house, sell the kids, and maybe a kidney while you are at it because if you are searching for the purest expression of speed then you don’t have any further to look. The McLaren P1 competes against other hybrid hypercars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, Pagani Huayra, and Porsche 918 Spyder.

The Stats
Starting Price: $1,150,000
Engine: 3.8L TT V8
Horsepower: 903
Torque: 627 lb/ft
0-60 MPH: 2.6 Seconds
Fuel Economy: 16/21 mpg
Safety Rating: 5 Stars.

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