McLaren expects the P1 to be sold out within weeks

Article by Christian A., on March 17, 2013

In just a matter of weeks, the £866,000 McLaren P1 will be sold out. In fact, it sold six cars on the first day of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show where the production version of the hypercar was revealed for the first time. However, the automaker has been receiving orders ever since the almost identical concept car was brought to the Paris motor show last year.

A source told Autocar that since the Paris show, McLaren has received about 700 serious potential buyers. While McLaren has originally claimed that fewer than 500 samples of this model will be built, several early buyers have suggested that the number of cars produced be lowered so that the car will be even more exclusive.

The insider said that for many buyers, the exclusivity matters more than its performance and price. Aside from not wanting to arrive at an event where someone else has the same car, they also want the car’s value to increase over time. In addition, McLaren has been encouraging people to drive these cars and not just buy them as an investment.

He explained that there is a process of evaluation for the buyers and that it isn’t only a matter of writing a check. Notably, the £1m LaFerrari hasn’t yet sold out but marketing chief Nicola Boari thinks that they’re only waiting for it to be formalized. He said that the company expects that all 499 cars will be sold soon after they get in touch with their 700 most exclusive customers.

The amazing new McLaren P1, whose production version debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, set a specific objective to be the world’s best car for road and track drivers. To reach this goal, McLaren is employing its five decades of race experience and triumphs, especially in the realms of streamlining and light carbon fibre innovations.

The resulting car is one that has an unparalleled extent of downforce for a road car: equivalent amounts to a GT3 race car but with even better ground results. This downforce improves cornering as well as augments brake ability. It also aids in the balancing, stabilisation, and driveability at any speed.

McLaren presented the Formula One world with the carbon fibre chassis in 1981 with the MP4/1, and so it had the first carbon-body road vehicle. McLaren has always found itself at the leading edge of automotive aerodynamics, and every bit of this expertise has been directed into the new McLaren P1.

Two decades ago, with the McLaren F1, the brand lifted the performance bar for supercars. With the McLaren P1, it has done this once again.

The world’s best car for drivers must also offer excellent straight-line handling and instant throttle reaction. To achieve this, the McLaren P1 employs a state-of-the-art IPAS gas-electric powertrain comprised of a radically modified 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 gas engine, matched to a single electric motor, and together, called M838TQ. The total power output combined is 916 PS (903 hp).

Absolute power is essential to an electric motor's capability to give instant torque, making the powertrain extraordinarily reactive. It is also incredibly efficient. CO2 emissions are lower than 200g/km, and it can range over 10 km in electric-only mode.

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