McLaren Automotive has today disclosed the performance figures for its new McLaren P1. The confirmation gives further insight into the potential of the latest model from the Woking-based firm.
Fitted with a twin powerplant powertrain generating 916 PS (903 bhp) from a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine and the lightweight electric motor, the P1 accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.8 seconds, and 186 mph (300 km/h) in 16.5 seconds. By way of a benchmark, the latter figure is a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. Top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph (350 km/h).
The P1 returns 34.0 mpg (8.3 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 194 g/km. The electric motor offers a range of 6.8 miles (11 km) in full electric mode on the NEDC cycle, which sees emissions drop to zero.
The specially formulated carbon ceramic discs, coated in silicon carbide and part of a bespoke Akebono system, can bring the P1 to a halt from 62 mph (100 km/h) in a distance of 30.2 metres.
An overview of the performance figures for the McLaren P1 is as follows:
|0-62 mph (100km/h)
0-124 mph (200km/h)
0-186 mph (300km/h)
Standing quarter mile (400m)
9.8 seconds @ 245 km/h (152 mph)
350 km/h (217 mph) electronically limited
|62-0 mph m (ft) [sec]
124-0 mph m (ft) [sec]
186-0 mph m (ft) [sec]
|30.2 (99) [2.9]
116 (380) [4.5]
246 (806) [6.2]
A total of 375 examples of the P1 will be produced, and will be hand-built in the £40 million Foster + Partners designed McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, England.
Each car is custom-built by a team of 82 technicians in a four-stage assembly process. From start to finish, the build takes 17 days of skilled labour. Once running at full capacity, the P1 line will see one car completed each day, with production due to run until mid-2015.
Stage 1: Structural Assembly
The bespoke manufacturing process commences with the preparation of the carbon-fibre MonoCage chassis. The one-piece MonoCage weighs 90kgs, and includes the integrated roof structure, an integral roof snorkel and air intake ducts, as well as providing a fully sealed compartment for the battery.
Stage 2: Painting
In total the P1 consists of seven lightweight panels, all of which are made from carbon-fibre – front and rear clamshells, bonnet, doors, front and rear bumpers. Due to the extended painting processes involved, and to minimise disruption to the facility within MPC used for the 12C and 12C Spider, each P1 is prepared and hand painted in a dedicated paintshop in the McLaren Technology Centre while the chassis structure is being prepared.
This process takes three days, including surface preparation of the carbon-fibre panels.
Stage 3: Trim Assembly
The fully prepared MonoCage chassis and the body panels are brought together on a dedicated production line within the MPC. This ten-stage process is the most recent addition to the MPC, and sees the sub-assembly of battery, front sub-frame, doors, rear clamshells and bumpers fitted as it moves along the line.
Two dedicated McLaren technicians work on each of the production stages for the P1, with each step taking a full working day to complete.
Stage 4: Final Assembly
As each car reaches the end of the P1 line, it is then subjected to the same testing regime and quality control procedures as the 12C and 12C Spider models to ensure it meets the required quality and performance levels. This phase of production takes a total of seven days to complete.
For the P1, this includes a full day shakedown at a proving ground. The McLaren test drivers and a team of technicians run through the different settings and modes to examine and verify the performance ahead of final delivery to the customer.
Each example of the P1 is then put through the Monsoon Test, in which 16,000 litres of de-ionised recycled water is released on to the car to ensure all seals are correctly finished. A complete underbody check and diagnostics review is then carried out, before the final dispatch audit confirmation.