Official Performance Info Released for the McLaren P1


Do you think the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is fast? With its top speed of 258 mph (415 km/h), it certainly is the fastest production supercar ever built. But we just got the info about the performance of the McLaren P1, and from the dataset, it is more than likely that without the electronic limitation (350 km/h, 218 mph), this car will be the next ultimate supercar.


In this league, zero to 62 mph (less than 3 seconds) is nothing but statistics: drivers barely notice that they just exceeded the legal speed limit. The zero to 186 mph is more interesting: thanks to its Instant Power Assist System, the McLaren P1 accelerates to this speed in just 17 seconds. This means the McLaren P1 is 35% faster than its predecessor, the McLaren F1 (which wasn’t exactly slow, either).


The McLaren P1 will be released in a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show. The supercar enters production with very little change from its awesome prototype version. The McLaren P1 will be powered by two engines: the brute force comes from a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine (900 bhp, 900 Nm torque). The second power source will be green: the McLaren P1 will be able to drive more than 10 miles (up to 20 km) in full electric drive mode.


At this performance, usual tires will not last more than a few minutes, so McLaren’s traditional technology partner, Pirelli adapted its P Zero Corsa line to the specific needs of the McLaren P1. The brakes also needed to be developed specially for this supercar. The ceramic discs of the McLaren P1 use space technology to dissipate heat, and to stop the car better than any other disc built until now.


315 McLaren P1s will be built, at a base price of $1,150,000. This quite a lot of money, but the good news is that each car will be equipped as standard for road and track use.