The name McLaren is legendary. Provocative thoughts of Formula One victories, legendary drivers and some of the worlds most advanced technology all go into making the woking based icon the performance symbol that it is. In terms of road cars the F1 set the bar extremely high and the 12C, though not the F1’s spiritual successor, maintained that level of expectation. McLaren’s new P1 supercar is the F1’s natural replacement, but to become the king of all things four wheeled and fast it has to impress. Official figures have now been released.
The time for rough estimates and speculation has now passed. McLaren have delivered the worlds first example of the their new P1 flagship and along with it official specifications. Powered by a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine coupled with an advanced Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) the total power produced is 903BHP. 0-62MPH is blitzed in a staggering 2.8 seconds! 0-124MPH comes and goes in 6.8 seconds, 0-186MPH in 6.5 seconds. I think it is safe to say that those are some biblical numbers, but the need for speed doesn’t stop there. A quarter mile can be completed in 9.8 seconds reaching 152MPH. The P1’s top speed? Electronically limited to 217MPH. This cars stopping power is equally impressive with it being capable of stopping dead from 62MPH in just 30.2 metres, that is less than a third of the recognised stopping distance. Fuel economy has also been posted at 34MPG combined.