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McLaren Releases Performance Specs For Its New P1 Hypercar

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On: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 11:05AM | By: Teddy Field


McLaren Releases Performance Specs For Its New P1 Hypercar

Supercars are all about imagination. Impossibilities made possible, then wrapped in bodywork that was designed by a 12-year-old on the back of a math book. They don’t have to make sense; they have to make us excited. Hopeful that one day, we’ll be able to buy one for ourselves. And if we win the lottery any time soon, the McLaren P1 will be at the top of our shopping list.

Unveiled a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, the McLaren P1 has slashes and swoops, butterfly doors, and the coolest orange paintjob that you’ll ever see. This car defies logic, and challenges everything that you normally associate with supercars. It’s a gas-electric hybrid (yep - just like a Prius), but it has a top speed of 218 mph. You can drive it for 6-12 mi (at reasonable speeds) on electricity alone, then the twin-turbo 3.8L V8 will spool up to charge the battery pack (it even comes with a plug-in charger for some extra ‘green-ness’).

But make no mistake, the McLaren P1 is much, much, much, much faster than your typical hemp-wearing hybrid. The electric and gas motors combine to make 908-hp and 663 lb-ft of torque (727-hp from the V8, and 176-hp from the electric motor). And the electric motor can even be summoned via the little red button on the right side of the steering wheel, just like an environmentally-friendly shot of nitrous.

Marked IPAS (Instant Power Assist System), that little red button dumps the electric motor’s 176-hp straight through the 7-speed DSG gearbox, and out to the rear wheels. This helps McLaren’s new hypercar to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in “under 3 seconds”, 124 mph (200 km/h) comes in “under 7 seconds”, and 300 km/h (186 mph) comes in “no more than 17 seconds”. Granted, those aren’t exact numbers, but McLaren has to save something for the P1’s upcoming Geneva Motor Show debut.

McLaren might be a little coy about the P1’s exact acceleration numbers, but it was very specific about the starting price: $1,150,000 to be exact. Unfortunately, only 375 copies of the McLaren P1 will be made, so you should probably get down to the gas station and pickup some extra lottery tickets.


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