The McLaren P1 1

mclaren-p1-xlIf you’re thinking of buying a new car, the McLaren P1 is available for £866,000. It’s pretty fast with 903 BHP worth of power under the bonnet.

This vehicle combines electric and petrol technology. The car is said to have the same proportions in terms of chassis and wheelbase as the 12C. Style and look wise, the look is completely different. It looks more aggressive and a lot larger.

Carbon fibre is present throughout the car even in the interior. Despite that the car weighs a staggering 1,400kg. That is largely due to the car’s hybrid battery. Don’t let that put you off, the car still hits 0 – 124 MPH in under three seconds.

Power and performance

The 3.8 litre V8 is capable of delivering 727 BHP. The electric motor is capable of achieving 176 BHP, that’s more BHP than a lot of common cars. The electric motor acts as a supercharger as well as helping the car to be more economical. It’s not obvious that the car is indeed a hybrid. All of that is mated to a seven speed dual clutch gearbox.

The car is a rear wheel drive car. The car drives likes a four wheel drive with it’s amazing grip to the road. You can take corners at speed with amazing composure.

Race mode

Drive modes include,E-mode, Race, Normal and Sport. Hitting the race button will turn the car into a complete beast. The car is lowered by 50mm with the rear wing coming out by 300mm. The roll stiffness of the suspension are increased by a huge 300%. This makes the vehicle a lot more solid and stable.

You don’t need to hit race mode to hit top speeds. In E-Mode the car will still reach a fantastic 100 MPH. Driving in electric mode alone will get you to reach 6 miles. The McLaren P1 will take 2 hours to fully charge.

Economical

With all of that power, you wouldn’t think the fuel economy would be that great. McLaren has said that the P1 is able to achieve a brilliant 30 MPG plus.

McLaren originally made 375 models of the P1. Back in May we heard that had sold the majority of that figure. A large chunk of sales came from the U.S and the Middle East.

The company has also started trading in China as of last week. There are four new dealerships in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guanzhou and Chengdu. In the showroom will be the 12C, 12C Spider and P1 models.