McLaren P1

Mar 15, 2013

Officially unveiled at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, the McLaren P1 is a plug-in hybrid powered by both a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 and an electric motor to make 906 horsepower.

The McLaren P1 is capable of going 0-62 mph in less than 3 seconds and 0-186 mph under 7 seconds. It is 35-percent faster than the McLaren F1 road car, and the top speed is electronically limited to 218 mph, according to a press release.

McLaren Automotive announced that the car will have a base price of about $1.2 million and have a specification that fully equips the car for both road and track use. Only 375 units will be produced.

While McLaren P1’s shape embraces Formula One aerodynamics to creative substantial downforce, the vehicle is also powered by eco-friendly features. Its battery pack and electric power work in a hybrid configuration to provide maximum performance and efficiency, and it can actually run on purely electric power for up to 12 miles.

To control the power created by the two motors, the vehicle is designed to offer braking performance more associated with a GT3 or sports racing car. The McLaren P1’s braking system developed by McLaren’s Formula One partner Akebono features a new type of carbon ceramic disc and allows exceptional stopping and cooling capability, the release noted.

The two-seat supercar will go into production in England later this year.