The 375th and final McLaren P1 has rolled out of the high-tech McLaren laboratory in England, just three years after the model first debuted at the Paris Motor Show.
From launch, the McLaren was designed with one key goal: to be the best drivers’ car on road and track. However it came with stiff competition in the form of the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918.
Powered by a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine with a lightweight, highly powerful electric motor which, together, produces 673 kW at 7,300rpm, and 900Nm of torque. With the integrated 131kW electric motor, 130Nm of torque is available immediately, offsetting any turbo lag as a result of the larger turbos fitted to the combustion engine.
With all that power on tap the P1 is propelled from a standstill to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds, with 200km/h reached in 6.8 seconds and 300km/h achieved in just 16.5 seconds – a full five seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1.
Since headlining the McLaren Automotive stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show as a design study, the first model in the McLaren Ultimate Series has been writing headlines, breaking lap times and thrilling owners the world over.
Production started in the Kiwi winter of 2013, with all cars sold prior to the first car being delivered, and the first car – finished with Ice Silver paintwork and excessive levels of visual carbon fibre – rolled off the production line during the 50th anniversary celebrations of McLaren in September 2013.
A fitting tribute to Kiwi racing legend Bruce McLaren; the man whose dream it was to produce the ultimate drivers’ car. Following this, each and every car was custom-built to the exacting specifications of its owner, in consultation with the team at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), ensuring that no two cars are the same. Running at full capacity, the bespoke Ultimate Series production line within the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) finished one car per day, with each individual model taking 17 days to complete on average.
The final production example of the McLaren P1 is finished extensively in stunning pearlescent orange, achieved through a unique tinting process. The colour echoes the shade of the 64th and final McLaren F1 roadcar, chassis #075, which went on to inspire Volcano Orange, available today across the McLaren Automotive range. It features subtle styling elements in raw carbon fibre weave, with the finish only visible externally on the splitter, diffuser and the aerodynamic blades along the lower body, while the super-lightweight wheels are finished in silver.
A blend of refinement and purposeful intent is evident inside the cabin with bespoke styling touches by the team at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) including gloss black detailing for the switchgear, instrument bezels and air conditioning vents. The lightweight carbon fibre-shelled racing seats include further MSO craftsmanship, with the final McLaren F1 roadcar again the inspiration for the final design. Upholstered in black and orange Alcantara®, the contrasting details are carried across to the stitching on the steering wheel.
Farewell P1. Your legend will live on.