Take a deep breath… The very first Customer McLaren P1 registered with only 3,666 miles from new will go under the hammer Saturday 22nd May 2021.
One of only 375 ever produced, the stunning Volcano Yellow hybrid powerhouse is fitted with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 lump backed up with a lightweight electric motor capable of a combined output of 903bhp and 664lb.ft.
With the MP4-12C, McLaren returned to the world stage as a road car manufacturer. It was logical that the company, famed for its Formula 1 success, McLaren made it their business to produce a flagship model to compete with the latest generation of hypercars from Ferrari and Porsche – the result was the extraordinary McLaren P1 that was capable of reaching 62mph in a blistering 2.8 seconds, 124mph in 6.8 seconds and a whopping 186mph in just 16.5 seconds.
Lightweight in every department and tipping the scales with its monocoque chassis at just 90 kg, the innovative tarmac cruncher utilised carbon fibre for the body panels, creating the perfect synergy between weight savings and strength.
McLaren’s fanatical attention to detail shines through with its weight-saving efforts; even the interior carpet was deemed needlessly excessive and removed entirely. Furthermore, McLaren chose to leave the carbon fibre in the cockpit unlacquered, saving another 1.5kg and the windscreen glass was redesigned to be only 3.2-mm thick and reinforced with a thick plastic interlayer that allowed McLaren to save 3.5kg over the same item fitted to the MP4-12C. In total, the P1 tips the scales at a dry weight of just 1,395kg.
The P1 is a game-changer, a genuinely new chapter in the history of motoring
The P1 is powered by a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V-8 mated to an electric motor intended to fill the gaps in performance from the conventional petrol engine. This gives the McLaren a total output of 903 bhp (727bhp from the V-8 and 176bhp from the electric engine).
Make no mistake, this is an incredibly fast and unapologetic machine with unique aerodynamics, including adjustable front and rear wings providing as much as 600kg of downforce at 160 mph, performance is nothing short of electrifying. 100kph takes just 2.8 seconds, followed by 200kph in 6.8 seconds, onwards to 300kph in 16.5 seconds (five full seconds faster than the venerable F1) and a top speed of 217mph (347kph).
A high-density, lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric motor, which can be left to deploy automatically or selected by the driver, who thus has the options of using the petrol engine on its own, the electric motor on its own, or the two in combination.
The battery can be charged by the engine or from the mains, with a full charge taking around two hours. As one would expect from a manufacturer that has been a mainstay of Formula 1 for the last 50 years, McLaren endowed the P1 with a number of competition-derived technologies in the form of IPAS (Instant Power Assist System), DRS (Drag Reduction System) and KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System).
What’s it going to cost? Well, the original value was $1.15 million but that could be exceeded due to its integrity and desirability factor…
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