McLaren P1 hypercar is almost sold out

Article by Christian A., on August 30, 2013

The Mclaren P1 hybrid hypercar is already a success and the company announced that only few examples remained for sale in Europe. According to Autocar, the McLaren P1 is already sold out in the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Apparently, the only reason some units are still available in Europe is due to the continued economic uncertainty in Europe.

Still, McLaren is not planning to shift P1 allocation from one region to another. For those who don’t know, the McLaren P1 is priced at 1 million euros but most of the customers customized their vehicles, which means that they paid well over the standard price.

For this amount of money, you will also get the twin-turbo V8 engine developing 737 hp as well as 720 Nm of torque, which is paired with an electric motor delivering 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque.

With these numbers and using a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission which delivers the power to the rear wheels, the McLaren P1 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) in 17 seconds.

The design of the new McLaren P1 was mainly led by engineering, as what can be expected from the brand. Nothing is unnecessary in the design and the principle is for function to come before form.

Similar to a Formula 1 car, everything in the new P1 has a reason. Since the brand set a rather ambitious goal when it came to the downforce, the design is able to showcase the aerodynamic needs. However, McLaren also knew that for this two-seater mid-engine model, it was important to make it a striking and beautiful super sports car. Further, the team also worked on what is known as “light and agile.”

Since the design involved shrink-wrapping around the vehicle’s mechanicals, it allows for this model to be both lightweight and compact. To make this possible, the brand even made sure to keep the amount of body panels to a minimum. These same body panels are composed of lightweight carbon fiber. Commenting on this model, Chief Design Engineer Dan Parry-Williams shares that the McLaren P1 is a model that best exemplifies the core values of the brand.

This new model is all about cutting-edge technology, he adds, as well as being light weight, and having great aerodynamics, and excellent packaging. Even from the start, he says, the objective was to create a car that customers would be able to drive to the race tracks and by simply pressing a button, be part of that race.

Parry-Williams continues by saying that the priority was to have remarkable composure paired with high-speed performance. He says that McLaren wanted a car that was not only connected but also predictable, no matter what speed.

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