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With the MP4-12C, McLaren returned to the world stage as a road car manufacturer. It was logical that the company, famed for its Formula 1 success, would produce a flagship model to compete with the latest generation of hypercars from Ferrari and Porsche and the result was the extraordinary McLaren P1, the long-awaited successor to the F1.
Looking to build the ultimate driver’s platform utilising a hybrid powertrain, McLaren started out with a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, tipping the scales at just 90 kg. Carbon fibre was utilised for the body panels, creating the perfect harmony of weight savings and strength. McLaren’s fanatical attention to detail shines through with its weight-saving efforts; even the interior carpet was deemed needlessly excessive and removed entirely. Furthermore, McLaren chose to leave the carbon fibre in the cockpit unlacquered, saving another 1.5kg and the windscreen glass was redesigned to be only 3.2-mm thick and reinforced with a thick plastic interlayer that allowed McLaren to save 3.5kg over the same item fitted to the MP4-12C. In total, the P1 tips the scales at a dry weight of just 1,395kg.
The P1 is powered by a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V-8 mated to an electric motor intended to fill the gaps in performance from the conventional petrol engine. This gives the McLaren a total output of 903 bhp (727bhp from the V-8 and 176bhp from the electric engine). Thanks to the car’s monstrous power output and unique aerodynamics, including adjustable front and rear wings providing as much as 600kg of downforce at 160 mph, performance is nothing short of electrifying. 100kph takes just 2.8 seconds, followed by 200kph in 6.8 seconds, onwards to 300 kph in 16.5 seconds (five full seconds faster than the venerable F1) and a top speed of 217mph (347kph).
A high-density, lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric motor, which can be left to deploy automatically or selected by the driver, who thus has the options of using the petrol engine on its own, the electric motor on its own, or the two in combination. The battery can be charged by the engine or from the mains, with a full charge taking around two hours.
As one would expect from a manufacturer that has been a mainstay of Formula 1 for the last 50 years, McLaren endowed the P1 with a number of competition-derived technologies in the form of IPAS (Instant Power Assist System), DRS (Drag Reduction System) and KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System).
Offered here is a striking McLaren P1 finished in the same colour as the original launch car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Volcano Yellow is also the personal choice of motor aficionado Jay Leno for his collection. Virtually as new, this P1 has only covered 1,965km (1,365 miles) from new and is in perfect condition for a collector or enthusiast who wants an immaculate example of the car that re-wrote the book when it comes to everyday drivability in a hypercar.