McLaren P1 performance figures announced

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McLaren has finally announced full performance figures for its new P1 flagship, and the numbers appear to warrant its standing as a bonafide hypercar that will take the fight to the Porsche 918 Spyder and upcoming Ferrari LaFerrari.

Naturally, it’s acceleration figures that will be front of mind for most potential buyers and enthusiasts, so we’ll end the suspense from the outset; the P1 dispatches the 0-100km/h dash in 2.8 seconds, while 200km/h is notched up in 6.8 seconds and 300km/h in 16.5 seconds.

Just to put these awe-inspiring numbers in perspective, consider that a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (hardly a slowcoach) takes 8.6 seconds to reach 200km/h and 24.5 seconds to hit 300 klicks.

In fact, the P1 isn’t too far adrift of the completely OTT Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which takes 6.7 seconds to attain 200km/h and 14.6 seconds to reach 300km/h.

However, the McLaren flagship concedes ground to the 431km/h Bugatti in the v-max stakes, as top speed is electronically limited to 350km/h.

The key to the P1’s electrifying performance is a hybrid powertrain that pairs an MP4-12C-derived 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine with a lightweight electric motor for combined outputs of 674kW and 898Nm.


Despite these impressive figures, the P1 is claimed to return fuel economy figures of just 8.3L/100km on the EU combined cycle, along with CO2 emissions of 194g/km. What’s more, the electric motor offers a range of 11km in full electric mode on the NEDC cycle, which sees emissions drop to zero.

The braking figures are equally eye-opening, with the bespoke Akebono system bringing the Mac to halt from 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds, while 300km/h is wiped off in a scarcely believable 6.2 seconds.

Meanwhile, the P1 notched up another milestone this week, as the first of the 375-car production run was delivered to its UK-based owner.

Vehicle No 1, finished in a striking Volcano Yellow and contrasting visual carbon-fibre, rolled off the bespoke production line at the end of September – a fitting tribute during the month of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

The P1 is custom-built by a carefully selected team of 82 technicians in a four-stage assembly process. From start to finish, the build takes 17 days of skilled work. Once running at full capacity, the P1 line will see one car completed each day, with production due to run until mid-2015.

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Words by Gautam Sharma