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2015 McLaren P1 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: SBM12ABA3FW000209
Sold for $2,392,500 at 2017 Gooding & Company.
The McLaren P1 was the pinnacle of automotive engineering and a showcase of cutting-edge technology, offering sensational acceleration, handling, and braking. They are styled with a nod to McLaren's distinctive, modern chevron logo.

Over the past thirty five years, the McLaren company, started by Bruce McLaren, has been led by Ron Dennis, a Londoner who started in Formula 1 as Jack Brabham's mechanic and grew into the archetypal Formula 1 team boss.

In total, McLaren built 375 P1 models, each to a custom specification to suit the needs and desires of their individual customer.

The McLaren P1 uses hybrid technology where its electric motor is used for torque fill to eliminate tiny inefficiencies in the gas engine's performance. It is engaged during those few milliseconds during gear changes and while the turbos are spooling up. The active rear spoilers and an exhaust-utilizing diffuser provide high levels of downforce. The rear spoiler adjusts in height and angle for maximum efficiency. It sits unobtrusively flush with the body during low speeds. As the speed increases, it rises to provide downforce. Above 156 mph it feathers itself slightly for optimal effect.

The P1 rides on special developed Pirelli tires with stiffened sidewalls to cope with the extraordinary levels of downforce generated by the air moving over the P1's surfaces.

This particular McLaren P1 has been in the care of its original buyer since new. It is finished in a color scheme labeled as 'Professor 2 Blue.' It has red accent stripes, and unique matte black and silver finish wheels. The interior is done in similar fashion to the exterior.

This P1 is one of as many as two that were given specially molded seats that are upholstered to recall the design of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona's iconic seat pattern. Most McLaren P1's have a passenger-side vanity mirror; the owner of this P1 had one designed and installed by McLaren, etched with a message to his wife: 'You look beautiful.'

Once the car was completed, it was signed by Frank Stephenson, McLaren's design director, and Ron Dennis before it left the factory.

Upon completion, it was sent to McLaren of Philadelphia. It currently has just over 1,100 total miles.

The engine is a 3800cc dual overhead cam twin turbocharged V8 unit offering 903 BHP (including 176 horsepower from the electric motor). There is a 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle, Active Hydropneumatic Suspension, and four-wheel Akebono Carbon-Ceramic brakes.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017


• 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

Vital Stats
Engine : 3.8 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 903 hp

7-speed Manual
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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth 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, wîth 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.

Source - McLaren
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