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McLaren Brings the Curtain Down on the P1

Right after the 375th example of McLaren’s P1 has been completed, the production of this incredible hypercar is now coming to an end.
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The P1 first appeared as a design study at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and production started in the summer of 2013. According to the British company, the model was designed to be the best car on road and track. Since it first debuted, it broke a lot of lap times and made a lot of headlines.

The car attracted a lot of interest and all P1s were sold out even before the first unit was delivered. The goal was to develop the ultimate custom-built drivers’ car, and apparently McLaren succeeded in doing just that. Running at full capacity, the Ultimate Series production line finished one car per day, each model taking 17 days to complete on average.

The 375th McLaren P1 is finished in pearlescent orange, echoing the shade of the final McLaren F1 roadcar, which later inspired the Volcano Orange color. Black gloss detailing was used for the switchgear, instrument bezels, and air conditioning vents. The upholster, as well as the stitching on the steering wheel, is colored in black and orange.

Mike Flewitt, CEO at McLaren Automotive, has stated that the P1 has achieved more than they ever expected. Being the successor of the legendary F1, it had big shoes to fill.

The McLaren P1 rewrote the rulebook and was the first of a new breed of hypercars, combining a gasoline engine and a lightweight electric motor.

Thanks to the extensive application of carbon fiber, it weighs only 1,450 kg (3,197 pounds). For example, the MonoCage chassis, which incorporates the roof and lower structures, the roof’s air intake, battery and electronics housings, weighs just 90kg (198 pounds).

The powertrain consists of a twin turbo 3.8-liter V8 gasoline engine, which, together with the lightweight and highly powerful electric motor, produces a staggering 903bhp and 900ft of torque. The car is propelled from a dead stop to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed limited at 350km/h.

After the P1's production has ended, the Ultimate Series continues in production until early 2016, with the limited edition McLaren P1 GTR, the 986bhp track-only machine.
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