To paraphrase Commodus, villain of the film Gladiator, amend with me, fellow petrolheads, for the McLaren P1 is dead.
Maybe I’m being bit over dramatic, but it is a sad day in Carland now that production of the lunatic P1 has come to an end after the 375th and final car rolled off the production line.
That very car is pictured above (orange) alongside the first (silver), which was completed at the Woking factory in September 2013.
One part of the hypercar Holy Trinity that also includes the Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari, sits in the middle in power terms, but is probably the most bonkers. A brutal 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 augmented by an electric motor serves up 903bhp and 760lb/ft of torque. Hauling just 1,450kg along, it sprints from 0-62mph in 2.8secs, to 124mph 6.8secs and 186mph and 16.5secs. Top speed is limited to 217mph. And it generates 600kg of downforce at 161mph.
All that power goes to the rear wheels only and, with a race car-alike chassis set-up, it’s certainly the most challenging hybrid hypercar to drive. Though we don’t know if it’s faster than its rivals over a single lap, as McLaren never published its Nurburgring lap time.
According to McLaren, the Americas constituted the biggest market for the P1, accounting for 34% of sales. 27% sold went to the Asia Pacific region and 26% to Europe. Each car took 105 people 800 hours to build.
There is a silver lining, though. As P1 road car production ends, McLaren will get its teeth into building the ultra-exclusive P1 GTR track car. Which cranks the lunacy up to a whole ‘nother level.
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By Only Motors