september 28, 2017 - Mclaren

McLaren P1™ hypercar celebrates half a decade in pole position

  • Five years since #mclaren P1™ previewed as a design study at the ‘Mondial de l’Automobile’ in Paris in 2012, ahead of production debut at 2013 Geneva International Motor Show
  • First Ultimate Series #mclaren, built to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track
  • Production run of 375 cars all hand-assembled at the #mclaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, UK, the last of them in December 2015
  • Ground-breaking carbon fibre construction; advanced, Formula 1-style aerodynamics and pioneering high-performance hybrid powertrain technologies

The #mclaren P1™ was conceived with one simple but extremely demanding aim: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. As the spiritual successor to the #mclaren F1 road car of the 1990s – still widely considered to be one of the greatest supercars of all time – the #mclaren P1™ had to redefine not only what #mclaren was capable of, but also raise the bar for the #supercar world.

Five years ago, at 1745hrs BST on Thursday September 27, the car built to achieve this ambition was unveiled as a design study at the 2012 ‘Mondial de l'Automobile’ in Paris. Five months later, the production version debuted at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show.

Leveraging five decades of #mclaren motorsport experience and its deep knowledge of road car engineering, the #mclaren P1™ represented both the birth of the #mclaren Ultimate Series and a quantum leap in technology that delivered previously unknown levels of performance in a road car.

“The #mclaren P1™ is the most exciting, capable and dynamically accomplished #supercar ever and a showcase for McLaren’s innovation and technology. Absolute top speed was never the priority; we set out to develop a car that could be driven to a racing circuit and at the press of a button be the fastest-ever series production car on the track, which is a much more important technical statement and of far greater relevance to on-road driving.”


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