|The coveted McLaren P1 approaches its final production run, marking the end of the most technologically advanced and dynamically accomplished Supercar ever made by the Woking-based sports car makers.|
The McLaren P1 first went into production in 2nd quarter 2013, and the first car, finished with Ice Silver paintwork and extensive levels of visual carbon fiber, rolled off the production line during the 50th anniversary celebrations of McLaren in September 2013. The P1 is a fitting tribute to Bruce McLaren; the man whose dream it was to produce the ultimate drivers’ car. Following this, each and every car was custom-built to the exacting specifications of its owner, in consultation with the team at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), ensuring that no two cars are the same. Running at full capacity, the bespoke Ultimate Series production line within the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) finished one car per day, with each individual P1 taking 17 days to complete on average.
The McLaren P1 introduced a number of new technologies to the supercar world, including the extensive application of carbon fiber, the McLaren P1 has a dry weight of just 1,450kg. The carbon fiber MonoCage chassis, which incorporates the roof and lower structures, roof snorkel air intake, battery and power electronics housing, weighs just 90kg making it one of the lightest carbon fiber full-body structures used in any road car to date. The aerodynamic design, coupled with the groundbreaking RaceActive Chassis Control suspension system, offers a stiffer and more track-focused set up at the press of a button. ‘Race’ mode stiffens the suspension by 300 percent, pulls the car 50mm lower to produce ground effect aerodynamics, and extends the large active rear wing by 300mm. The result is 600kg of downforce at well below its maximum speed of 257km/h, which is considerably higher than most other high performance supercars, and more in line with the levels of downforce generated by a GT3 racing car.
The final production example of the McLaren P1 is finished extensively in stunning pearlescent orange, achieved through a unique tinting process. The color echoes the shade of the 64th and final McLaren F1 roadcar, chassis #075, which went on to inspire Volcano Orange, available today across the McLaren Automotive range. It features subtle styling elements in raw carbon fiber weave, with the finish only visible externally on the splitter, diffuser and the aerodynamic blades along the lower body, while the super-lightweight wheels are finished in silver.
A blend of refinement and purposeful intent is evident inside the cabin with bespoke styling touches by the team at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) including gloss black detailing for the switchgear, instrument bezels and air conditioning vents. The lightweight carbon fiber-shelled racing seats include further MSO craftsmanship, with the final McLaren F1 roadcar again the inspiration for the final design. Upholstered in black and orange Alcantara®, the contrasting details are carried across to the stitching on the steering.
The powertrain for the final McLaren P1 comprises a 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 petrol engine with a lightweight, highly powerful electric motor which, together, produces 916PS (903bhp) at 7,300rpm, and 900Nm (664lb ft) of torque. Through the seamless integration of the 179PS (176bhp) electric motor, 130Nm (96lb ft) of torque is available immediately, providing ‘torque fill’ to offset any turbo lag as a result of the larger turbos fitted to the combustion engine. Through this innovative approach, the McLaren P1 is propelled from a standstill to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds, with 200km/h reached in 6.8 seconds and 300km/h achieved in just 16.5 seconds, a full five seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. Top speed is limited to 350km/h. This performance is kept under control through a bespoke braking system, developed specifically for the McLaren P1, using materials previously used on the Ariane space program. F1 technology and expertise ensure optimal performance in every area, providing progressive and predictable braking in the most extreme of conditions, such as high speed track work.
The groundbreaking powertrain also excels with regards to efficiency, returning 8.3l/100km on the EU combined cycle with CO2 emissions of just 194g/km. The McLaren P1 can also run solely on electric power, with a range of 11km and emissions reducing to zero.