McLaren F1

McLaren P1

The iconic McLaren F1 released in 1993 was an engineering marvel complete with a driver’s seat in the middle of the car and a gold-plated engine bay, but with twenty years under its belt, it was time for a new flagship model from the niche automaker. . . The modern successor couldn’t just be another fast car with a fancy name and sleek lines, it had to raise the bar and set new records in the world of supercars, and so the McLaren P1 was born. With almost space-age styling, plenty of composite materials and a hybrid engine setup, the resulting package is a car worthy of the hypercar mantle that will grace the walls of both kids and adults alike in poster form. 903 horsepower will do it.

McLaren P1 Model

Coupe3.8L V8 Plug-in Hybrids7-Speed Dual ClutchRear-Wheel-Drive$1,350,000
CTRPluging Hybrids XX XXN/A


It’s not an interior like the McLaren P1’s cockpit. When you open the scissor doors you’re greeted with carbon fiber, more carbon fiber, and some more carbon fiber Deep and high-bolstered race seats are covered in Alcantara, along with the top of the dash and the steering wheel, and a few select locations that require padding. The center of the dash connect to the transmission tunnel with smooth-flow lines and is home to the screen for the infotainment system. A second screen takes place behind the steering where it serves as the driver information center and configurable instrument cluster. There are a few places to put small items, but the overall look and feel is cold and dark, leaving no doubt that the car is in charge here, not you. Visibility is good in the low-slung hypercar as long as you’re looking ahead.

Driving (ride and handling)

The McLaren P1 is about drive, a very, very fast drive. You’ve got the electric motor to get the car off the line in the blink of an eye before the twin-turbocharged petrol engine propels the car forward at such a speed that any unsuspecting passenger might scream or throw up – or both. Other cars offer similar performance, only the P1 does so with the fury and violence of drama. The steering point is responsive in that you have to pay careful attention to inputs and speed; Even with electronic assistance, you can quickly try to move from the rear to the front. The suspension is firm, even with E-mode and Normal drive modes selected, while things get progressively firmer and stiffer in Sport, Track or Race modes. It’s best to let the P1 choose its gears as the paddle shifter takes some getting used to, either way, you’re shifting hard and fast. Those deep seats keep you in place during hard cornering, the grip is great, and you bounce around the cockpit with normal seats.

  • McLaren F1
  • McLaren F1
  • McLaren F1

Performance (Engine & Transmission)

The performance of the McLaren P1 was to set a new standard for gasoline/electric hybrids, and it did what it set out to do. The P1 has a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor that produces 177 hp and 96 lb-ft of torque, and it works with a highly-tuned 3.8-liter V8 with twin-turbocharging to produce an astonishing 727 hp with 531 lb-ft. by doing ft. The torque combination is mind-blowing – the P1 is rated at 903 hp. The hypercar reaches 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and will sprint to 186 mph in 16.5 seconds. Top speed is 217 mph, though oddly slower than F1. A quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission helps direct all the power to the rear wheels.

Equipment and safety

The safety of the McLaren P1 is built into the car, and is not visible unless you know where to look. A carbon fiber MonoCage is the main structural component of the passenger compartment, safety cell and chassis, a design taken from the company’s Formula 1 exploits. Carbon fiber is five times stronger than top-grade titanium and twice as stiff as steel – and lighter with a full compartment weighing just 90kg. The only tech is the instrument cluster for infotainment and the Android-based center screen that includes a browser, maps, navigation, a media player, phone and added apps.


The McLaren P1 was released in October 2013 and by November all 357 units had been accounted for, making it arguably one of the best supercars that money can or will buy. It is the perfect blend of new technology in terms of structure and engine setup and ticks every box a performance enthusiast would want Faster cars are available now, but they will never look or sound like the P1 The hypercar was built to prove that the niche automaker still has what it takes to be a major player in billionaire toys, and it has certainly proved itself.

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