McLaren P1 officially revealed, full details inside

2013 McLaren P1 production version
2013 McLaren P1 production version

Priced from 866,000 GBP

McLaren has officially revealed the P1 production version, ahead of the car's debut scheduled for next week in Geneva.

A couple of hours ago we published the first official images with the production version of the P1 and now McLaren has decided to reveal all details about their new supercar. Limited to 375 units, the McLaren P1 will have a starting price of 866,000 GBP and 1,150,000 USD (approx 1,004,800 EUR). McLaren originally planned 500 units but Ron Dennis decided to make only 375 cars after meeting with potential owners who were concerned more about the car's exclusivity rather than top speed or price tag.

With Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) turned on, the P1 will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than three seconds, while 0-200 km/h (124 mph) takes under seven seconds. It needs 17 seconds from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph), before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).

IPAS is basically the electric motor which can be activated via a steering wheel-mounted button which will give the P1 the throttle response of a normally-aspirated engine, according to McLaren. Another button on the steering wheel is labeled DRS – Drag Reduction System. If pressed, the rear wing reduces in angle to lower drag by 23 percent. This can be turned off by pressing the brake pedal or releasing the button.

P1's heart and soul is a hybrid powertrain consisting of a twin-turbo, V8 3.8-liter mid-mounted engine generating 737 HP (542 kW) at 7,500 rpm and 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) of torque from 4,000 rpm and an electric motor adding 179 HP (132 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm). The McLaren P1 has a combined output of 916 HP (674 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm). Power is transferred to the ground via a 7-speed twin clutch Graziano gearbox. It can be driven on electric power for 20 km (12.4 miles) at an average speed of 30 mph (48 km/h).

The McLaren P1 has a drag coefficient of 0.34 and can generate 600 kg (1,322 lbs) of downforce (5x more than MP4-12C). It has a carbon fiber chassis which weighs 100 kg (220 lbs), making it the lightest ever installed on a road car and capable of providing F1-like safety and rigidity, according to the British firm. Compared to the legendary F1, its successor is 300mm longer and slightly wider and longer than the MP4-12C. It tips the scales at only 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) thanks to its lightweight construction.

It has CO2 emissions of less than 200 g/km and rides on bespoke Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Stopping power comes from discs featuring a new type of carbon ceramic which hasn't been used so far on a road car, only in space. This material is stronger than regular carbon ceramic and dissipates heat more effectively. In addition, these discs are lighter than usual and boast a custom ceramic layer coat on the friction surfaces for a mirrored look.

Moving inside the cabin, the McLaren P1 features a driver-oriented cockpit where carbon fiber is the primary material. All carbon surfaces lack the top layer of resin which would have added 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs). Steering column and seats are adjustable, while the seat backrests are fixed at a 28-degree angle, but a 32-degree change is available for increasing helmet clearance. The extremely thin carbon seat shell weighs only 10.5 kg (23.1 lbs).

Although focus was on making it as light as possible, McLaren has added amenities such as satellite navigation, climate control and premium audio system. However, the list of comfort features ends here since this was built primarily as a driver's car, with the position of the driver being individually configurable and with a digital dash showing all relevant information in typical racing style.

Source: McLaren


  • Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) provides astonishing acceleration: 0 to 300 km/h takes less than 17 seconds, more than 23 per cent faster than the legendary McLaren F1
  • Top speed electronically limited to 350 km/h
  • To maintain exclusivity, production will be strictly limited to 375 units
  • Pricing to start from £866,000 on the road; fully equipped as standard for road and track use
  • Production model is almost unchanged from the original design study

McLaren Automotive has released the final numbers, images and information relating to its phenomenal McLaren P1™ ahead of a global reveal in just a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show.

The race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) gives the McLaren P1™ astonishing performance.  Zero to 100km/h will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 km/h under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 km/h will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds.  Putting that into perspective, that’s 5 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car.  Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h.

McLaren has been engaging with potential customers actively in the last few months to get their views on the McLaren P1™, about the car’s styling.  Their unanimous verdict on the styling was not to change the car presented last September in Paris.  So unusually, the McLaren P1™ has translated to production form with very little change.  In fact just one, the addition of LTR ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce.

McLaren has closely monitored demand so as to maintain exclusivity, and announced a production number of just 375 units – a figure that will ensure the McLaren P1™ will remain a rarity and, if spotted on the road, an unforgettable sight.

McLaren has also announced that the car will cost from £866,000 on the road with a specification that fully equips the car for both road and track use.  The company prides itself on designing performance cars that their owners can use regularly so the McLaren P1™ comes comprehensively equipped as standard with an array of colour and trim alternatives from which the customer will be able to choose as well as visible carbon fibre in the cabin.  The options list is limited to only bespoke content that a customer might wish to add through McLaren Special Operations, and fitted luggage.

As already announced, the McLaren P1™ will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants, offering the optimum mix of superb throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. A mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine is substantially enhanced featuring, for example, larger turbochargers and a highly effective electric motor, to give a combined output of 916PS (903 bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. This ensures instantaneous throttle response through the rev range, more akin to a naturally aspirated engine. Emissions of less than 200g/km on the combined cycle are reduced to zero in full electric drive mode, while the Formula 1-derived DRS and IPAS technologies offer an increase in straight-line speed and an instant boost of power.

The tyres fitted to the McLaren P1™ are specially developed P Zero Corsas, which have been developed with McLaren’s technology partner, Pirelli. The team at Pirelli has been involved throughout the entire development programme, and this has seen the tyre testing phase integrated into the schedule, as a key performance component. The final compound and construction has been developed and optimised during testing, and the end result is a tyre that is finely tuned specifically to the performance and handling characteristics.

To rein in the power produced by the twin powerplants, the McLaren P1™ is designed to offer braking performance more associated with a GT3 or sports racing car. Developed by McLaren’s Formula 1 partner Akebono, the system features a new type of carbon ceramic disc, which has previously seen service in space, but never before used on a road car. Stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, the material dissipates heat more effectively, giving the highly efficient braking system exceptional stopping and cooling capability. The system also boasts significantly reduced weight, and a bespoke ceramic layer coats both friction surfaces to give an attractive mirrored finish.

One surprising feature is that the car can also be driven solely in electric mode.  In city driving, with an average speed of 30 mph, this could mean up to a 20km range.  More than enough for an owner to enter, for example, a city centre Zero Emissions Zone, have dinner and return home.

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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
In styling terms I am not a fan of this P1. I think the front is awful and looks like McLaren were trying to hard to make it look edgy and contemporary. The rear is not bad but as a styling package I am disappointed by this. The cabin is a little dull and could do with a slight lift. Dynamically we all know it will be astonishing. Review comparisons with the F150 will probably write themselves and will say the P1 is too clinical compared to the Ferrari. If I was to find myself in the position of being able to purchase one I cannot imagine picking this over the admittedly unseen F150. McLaren as a company does not appeal to me because of it's cold sterile personality. Let the hypercar wars begin! Ferrari v Porsche v McLaren.
Feb 28th, 2013 2:35am
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Love the color ! Much better than the orange one.
Feb 27th, 2013 5:31pm
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
the exterior is outstanding...the interior is carbon-fiber overkill. really, it looks bad all that texture. If they could tone it down a bit, mask it somehow, and only accents of it to be shown...this screams "I am a very high performance hypercar" Where the Bugatti has royal blood, and shows it when and how it's needed (interior wise)
Feb 27th, 2013 1:39pm
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PaganiC9_pl0x PaganiC9_pl0x
The top speed somewhat distresses the petrolhead kid inside me. That being said. I am in no doubt that this will be a phenomenal machine. Extreme downforce comes with a price. The GT2 class cars with which it shares its downforce figures don't share the above 200mph top speed. The 'megga mac' in this sense has done well. And lets not forget, the F1's only real shining figure was its top speed. Dynamically, the rest of it was a bit of a pig. Ferrari should be worried. And this without doubt looks better than what the EnzoII will look like. 458 on roids anyone?
Feb 26th, 2013 6:03pm
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Wickedated Wickedated
Pump your brakes guy, how can you compare this to the Enzo II its a car nobody has seen yet and know nothing about. Wait till the unveil at the Geneva show to make such comparison.
Feb 27th, 2013 3:21am
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
i was tired of manufacturers talking about nurburgring lap time targets...while others says cars from nurburgring test have too much compression damping to be comfortable on the road...but with this car, even though mclaren has not even whisper nurburgring, i just cant wait to see it....600kg downforce, 900hp max with DNS on the straight..1400kg..i say below 7 minutes
Feb 26th, 2013 5:24pm
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trspeed600 trspeed600
Okay, I know I am going to get toasted on this, but I think it is an ugly car. The lines are not fluid, and that front end is just weird--like its smilimg at me. Technically, it is a marvel, but its no Ferarri in the looks department.
Feb 26th, 2013 3:42pm
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Wickedated Wickedated
I'm going to have to agree with you there buddy, though I suspect if you're in the market for a million dollar car, you probably see this vehicle through different eyes. Mclaren just doesn't do it for me. Both this and the "baby mac" are ugly.
Feb 26th, 2013 4:02pm
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4g63 4g63
i thk the test car looks cool
Feb 26th, 2013 4:26pm
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RobERob RobERob
Ferrari is no longer 'Ferrari' in the "looks department". IMHO, if anything, current Ferrari models are more striking than beautiful; with the exception of the F12 berlinetta. As for the "lines not being fluid", I couldn't disagree with you more. The way i see it, it defines fluid although I think Mclaren did a horrible job displaying it with these "official" shots. And ...euhh ...not another "smiling" reference. All the mote reason not to like it, right? Hey, since you see this and I don't, perhaps it likes you? Question: did it wink at you, too? Lucky bastard!
Feb 26th, 2013 6:22pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
I agree, it looks pretty ugly compared to original F1. The front looks awkward, the back looks too vague. The interior and overall body shape look descent, but not the whole car. I just wish this car would have got a proper design treatment that it deserves, McLaren F1 wasn't entirely known for it's performance alone (at least not to the public), it definably wasn't ugly.
Feb 26th, 2013 9:28pm
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RobERob RobERob
Hopefully, this sort of backwards thinking stays here and is not contagious. I say this with a smile (some of you may not like that).
Feb 26th, 2013 10:34pm
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hunker7 hunker7
it is stunning, no doubt. But sad that at 375 units it is going to be collectable, only couple will be used from day to day basis. I don't understand, why they limit to speed? - will it take off if going faster?
Feb 26th, 2013 2:59pm
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Garais877 Garais877
no they will take limiter off for money later...
Feb 26th, 2013 9:35pm
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BradfordBerry BradfordBerry
drag coefficient is only .02 better than the Audi TT from 1999. Great looking car and I'm sure it will perform well, but that figure sounds disappointing to me. What am I missing?
Feb 26th, 2013 12:57pm
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infond infond
Your comment made me laugh. What are you missing? Basic stuff. This car wants to be the fastest car, especially on track, so it needs (and produces) extreme amounts of downforce. It's not a regular car you see on the road every day.
Feb 26th, 2013 1:10pm
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BradfordBerry BradfordBerry
I get that bit. But I would have thought the figure would be taken from its "go fast" mode, that why I asked the question. Don't get me wrong, I love what Mclaren are doing and these guys know their stuff. The figure from the TT stick in my head and 13 years later in a car of such epic performance as the Mclaren, it just didn't seem to be much of a reduction. Do the take the figure when it's trimmed out for speed or grip? I thought the drag coefficient was about how efficient the shape was, rather than downforce relating to grip.
Feb 26th, 2013 1:56pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
@ BradfordBerry, look at F1 cars. Take away their wings, you get a very aerodynamic body, very fast in a straight line and you'll crash at the first corner. Put the wings back, top speed is reduced, but you take corners with breakneck (literally) speeds. Downforce increases drag and pushed the car down for more stability. Of course, you can create downforce with diffusers, but that's not enough. Now look at commuter cars, their aerodynamics is better than those of sportscars, because they need to be efficient, not take corners fast.
Feb 26th, 2013 8:29pm
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inlinesix inlinesix
An Audi C3 100 from 30 years ago has a drag co. of 0.30. An F1 car of today is anywhere between 0.7 - 1.1. You figure out what you are missing.
Feb 26th, 2013 1:25pm
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kimbo kimbo
He is missing his brain :D
Feb 26th, 2013 7:02pm
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Bozzor Bozzor
One of the biggest factors besides the downforce is cooling: 700+ hp from 3.8 litres means the two turbos are working like crazy, gulping down needed air and generating huge amounts of waste heat that needs cooling and removal. That requirement trumps an ultra low Cd value.
Feb 26th, 2013 2:49pm
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ricer8 ricer8
Well for 1, drag coefficient is only part of the equation when you are using air to generate down force and cool components of the car. It's safe to say the Audi TT is doing neither.
Feb 26th, 2013 6:11pm
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Madness Madness
Can't wait to see what Clarkson has to say about this on Top Gear!
Feb 26th, 2013 12:28pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
I want James May to test this
Feb 26th, 2013 3:59pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
Clarkson will say it is a technical marvel, but cold compared to the Ferrari F70. May will complain about the suspensions being to hard and that the car is not practical at all. Hammond will still chose a Pagani over this.
Feb 26th, 2013 8:35pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Oh yes no doubt. I would love to see them taking a car adventure with the F70, P1 and that Huyaya (if i spelt that right)
Mar 1st, 2013 2:09pm
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infond infond
Feb 26th, 2013 12:21pm
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