If the McLaren P1’s power, pace and track capability weren’t enough, this supercar is also incredibly comfortable and refined on the road. It has an executive car-like ride quality and a steering wheel that is light to the touch. It can also be driven in Normal mode which activates both petrol and electric drive. This enables the car to use its battery power for acceleration and deceleration which improves fuel efficiency and reduces noise levels.
However, if you want to experience the full thrill of the McLaren P1, it is worth switching to Race mode. This allows the car to utilise both the petrol engine and electric motor to generate up to 600kg of downforce. This makes the McLaren P1 extremely stable through corners. It can also be unintuitive at first for drivers, as commitment and attack are required to generate sufficient downforce which helps with grip levels. Too little downforce and the car can feel unstable and even spin off the road (and into a very expensive repair bill).
The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 727hp and 531lb-ft of torque – the same as used in the McLaren F1. It is supplemented by an electric motor that provides 192lb-ft of torque and can be used to increase the top speed or operate the car in all-electric mode which will allow you to drive for up to six miles without emitting any carbon dioxide.
This power is channelled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. If you opt for all-electric drive, the P1 will automatically shut off its internal combustion engine when the car stops, allowing it to be driven in zero emissions mode. The petrol and electric systems work together seamlessly when driving, although you cannot manually switch off the petrol engine as you can do with a plug-in hybrid.
When it comes to the build quality of the mclaren p1 for sale, it has a high-performance carbon fibre monocoque that is said to be twice as strong as steel. It is also equipped with the latest safety technology to keep you safe when you are on the road or at the track.
While the McLaren P1’s road capability amazes, it is the incredible track performance that truly blows your mind. There’s never been a sportscar that can play Golf GTI in the city and GT3 racer on the track with such ease. It’s not cheap at £1866,000, but when you consider the massive development costs and production cost, it’s actually quite affordable when compared to other exotic sports cars on the market today. mclaren p1 for sale