“The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.” Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman McLaren Automotive
Current estimates put the final price of this hypercar car somewhere in the range of £800,000. Yes, you read that right.
This amazing new automotive creation from the deepest depths of McLaren automotive is currently a concept but the plan is to put this into production soon.
McLaren claims that the car will reach speeds of 239 MPH which is ridiculously fast. But performance isn’t the only incredible thing about this car. The P1 has a single cell chassis constructed entirely of carbon fibre, which is incredibly strong, safe and lightweight.
You are probably familiar with the door frame assembly that is found in the MP4-12C, which will used in this car as well.
Considering all these components and the speeds that the P1 will achieve, it weighs a little under 1300 kilograms, which is seriously impressive. Given that the car would be able to reach speeds upwards of 230 miles per hour, you won’t be surprised to find some very innovative aerodynamics to keep the car stuck to the floor. A huge part of the design is the way the P1 generates huge amounts of downforce, thanks to the inclusion of a diffuser at the rear end of the car. Complementing this diffuser are the side skirts that have a flattened bottom which, combined with the rear defuser produce the necessary down force to keep this beast stuck to the ground.
The car has pinched a few more ideas from its Formula 1 cousins, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) technology that is an integral part of all current Formula 1 cars. The KERS system does the job of storing kinetic energy when the brakes are applied so that it can be used later, mostly for acceleration. KERS is cutting edge technology and it’s fantastic to see such things being integrated into the McLaren P1.
With the P1 producing 800 bhp from its 3.8 litre V8 power plant, it should achieve 0-62mph in just 3 seconds. This could be even faster with the KERS engaged which is estimated to add another 160BHP to the already incredible 800BHP.
(Video: The McLaren P1 Concept On The Road)
If all this sounds exciting and you have that kind of money to splurge on a car, then you only need to wait till next year to get behind the wheels of the P1. Rumour has it that you have to be an existing MP4-12C customer to even get a look in… But then, that could just be a rumour!
All we know is that this is an absolutely stunning machine and it’s just great that the initial concept has been designed in ‘Scaleogy Colours’!
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This might be the wrong thing for a friend of Rolls-Royce to say, but: I never aspired to owning one.
Don’t get me wrong, I love everything Rolls-Royce stands for: The luxury, the fine attention to detail, the brand, the exclusivity. It is all desirable. Highly desirable. But I never wanted to buy a car that I had to be driven in. As a motor-sport enthusiast it’s important for me to be behind the wheel.
It is funny how wrong one person can be. At the unveiling of the new Ghost Series II I had the rare chance to drive a Phantom Drop Head. Rolls-Royce played their trump card and ordered the rare UK sun to come out just as I got the keys to the car (for want of a better word).
The moment I sat in the driver’s seat I realised my perceptions were very wrong. The ergonomics were clearly set out for the driver. The driving position worked. A few swift smooth adjustments and I felt totally at home.
The key pushed in and the stop start button jumped the Phantom into life. The door closed at the touch of a button. And off I went, effortlessly gliding out of the grand Chichester driveway at the home of Rolls-Royce in West Sussex.
Power was on tap but, as expected, was deliverable in the smoothest, most linear way possible. No clunking, no stutters, no torque steer. Just automotive perfection. The side roads were no issue. A large car, yes, but even in the face of oncoming traffic, including all manner of lorries, it was not daunting. I felt a sense of purpose, even a sense of authority. The rutted side roads of the West Sussex countryside may as well have been the smooth race surface of the Goodwood motor circuit.
The quality of the leather was unparalleled, the noise was heavenly in its nonexistence, the clarity of the sound system was crystal clear even with the roof down, the power was smooth and ample, acceleration rapid yet subtle, the controls perfectly placed both visually and functionally. But the breaks were the most surprising aspect of the car. The car stopped. It really stopped. Given its size and ease of acceleration, I feared it would struggle to put down the anchors. But it really excelled without making you feel like you were going through the windscreen, it just gracefully came to a very quick stop.
The driving experience is parallel to the chauffeured experience, except you actually get to enjoy the ecstasy of driving the finest automotive machinery in the world. I only drove for seven miles, but those seven miles were life changing.
I have to now go back and re-evaluate my top 5 dream car list. I can assure you a Rolls-Royce is now high up in that list. I now just have to drive the Wraith and the Ghost to decide which one I want! I look forward to it with great excitement.
Ollie Hulme for Scaleogy