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McLaren Confirms P1's Performance Specs

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On: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren Confirms P1's Performance Specs

We already knew that the McLaren P1 would be one of the highest performing pieces of road machinery in the world. But just how that quantified into hard specs remained in question until this week. The general performance specs like "0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds" have gotten a little more specific.

McLaren indicated a while back that the P1 was not going to be a single-purpose speedster aimed at reclaiming the title of "world's fastest car," a title that the McLaren F1 owned before the Bugatti Veyron ever hit the streets. Instead, McLaren defines its advanced hypercar as the"best driver’s car on road and track." This means more of a focus on acceleration and handling and less emphasis on a top speed that the average owner would never reach. In fact, McLaren is so disinterested with "world's fastest" claims that it electronically limits the P1 to a top speed of 217 mph, a long way south of the 268-mph world record.

Where the P1 does shine brightly is in working its way up to that 217-mph top speed. It keeps a couple ticks behind the Veyron but a few ahead of most other cars in the world, reaching 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, a tenth-second faster than the Lamborghini Aventador. It doubles that speed in 6.8 seconds from standstill and triples it in 16.5 seconds total, a full 5.5 seconds faster than its predecessor, the F1.

Of course, acceleration is only part of the picture—you still have to stop. With its silicon carbide-coated ceramic discs, the P1 halts from 62 mph in a matter of 99 feet—a third of the agreed-upon stopping distance, according to McLaren. When braking from 124 mph, it can come to a complete stop in 380 feet.

The P1 uses the most cutting-edge technologies, including a 903-hp hybrid powertrain with 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. P1 buyers are highly unlikely to care too much about high gas prices, but the supercar does its part in alleviating environmental impact, travelling up to 6.8 miles on pure, zero emissions electric power and returning 34 mpg on the EU combined cycle.

McLaren delivered the first of a planned 375 $1,150,000 P1s to a customer this week. Production of the Volcano Yellow hypercar was completed at the end of September at McLaren's Woking, UK facility. McLaren plans to increase production of the hand-built P1 to a car per day, with production scheduled to run through mid-2015.

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