The British engineered Mclaren P1 is a next generation vehicle from the Mclaren F1 which was discontinued in 1998. The Mclaren P1 was produced in 2013 and is limited to 375 units. The next updated version of P1 for the track is the McLaren P1 GTR and is limited to 35 units. Only the existing P1 owners can apply to purchase one. The combined power output and performance dynamics are meant for racing enthusiasts. The hybrid combination in this vehicle has given it additional power to keep ahead of most rivals.
Under the hood
The McLaren P1 hypercar is supported by an electronic and a petrol engine. This hypercar has a 3.8L Twin-Turbo V8 engine that comes with 727 horsepower and a maximum of 664 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor is powered by a 4.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack adds another 176 horsepower to a come to a total of 903 horsepower.
As a hypercar, it is a Rear Wheel Drive and comes paired with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. Only 2.6 seconds are needed to achieve 60 mph and it can reach a top speed of 217 mph.
The key to the performance for the McLaren P1 is aerodynamics. The cabin is short and arching in order to leave room for the cooling radiator and powertrain that is found in a carbon-fiber cage at the back. The sides come with deep cut-ins for better aerodynamics, so does the rear end with an optional spoiler. The cockpit features lightweight carbon fiber and Alcantara surfaces and steering wheel. The lightweight sports seats use a carbon-fiber shell for strength and low mass. And the tail-lights are actually thin lines that follow rear-end’s outlining curves.
Interestingly, the McLaren P1 can also function as an electric vehicle which can power the hypercar for up to 6 miles at speeds as high as 99 mph.