How The Mclaren P1 Changed The Game For All Super Cars
Extreme is a Soft Word to Describe The McLaren P1...
If someone told you that we are living in a world with living legends, would you believe them? Now let me rephrase that, if someone told you we are living in a generation and in a era of the Mclaren P1, of course you would believe them! We have witnessed, experienced and seen a living legend come to life. The Mclaren P1, there is no words to describe this remarkable hyper car. The Mclaren P1 is a huge step forward for the company and for the hyper car game in general, it has shaped the way for all Hyper cars. In this series i will talk about all the Game Changing Super Cars and Cars of all time. And i decided to start off with a bang, I've decided to start off with the legend itself.
MCLAREN P1, ABU DHABI
Raw, Brutal, Widow-maker, three words to describe this masterpiece. I think that sums it all up. Now lets start from the beginning, the person who started it all, Frank Stephenson, the genius, the designer of this astonishing achievement. The P1 was a clean, blank sheet, design for McLaren, which set the design language that still influences the company's cars today. Stephenson often looks to nature for design and inspiration. And Frank had a lot of inspiration from the world around him for this car, after their testing resulted in excessive wind noise due to the extended position of the side mirrors, Stephenson and his design team found a solution from a sailfish, yes a sailfish. McLaren installed five of these teardrop shaped bumps on the P1's side mirror stalks and this worked, it eliminated the noise. Frank had old school ideas mixed with modern ideas, creating a astonishing and never seen before design, all the way from the Mclaren logo headlights to the beautiful, and stunning curved rear end. Stephenson knew what he was doing with this car! He took his knowledge and inspiration to create a game changer, looks wise, and performance wise.
FRANK STEPHENSON INSPIRED BY THE CHEETAH
FRANK STEPHENSON AND THE MCLAREN P1
Mclaren claims the 903bhp hybrid hypercar promises to be the most involving car to drive on road and track. That’s a big claim. Guess what? it a big claim, but its a true one as well. The engine is a 3.8-litre V8 biturbo paired with a 177hp electric motor, giving it a top speed of 217mph, with the petrol and the electric motor working together to give you even more horsepower. This car is definitely special. Not just special but innovative, life changing, smart. Its everything you could want in a hypercar. It has made a name for itself in the car community, and not just a name, one of the most famous if not the most famous name. I mean for a car that can do 0-60mph in 2.7seconeds, brutal inst even the best word to describe it. Its more than that, i mean it should be for insane price. The price for a Mclaren P1 goes for over $3.4million, is it worth the price? Yes, yes it is.
Its rear wheel drive, and its fast, really fast. And it'll run in pure electric mode when you want to go quietly, and plug in to the mains, too. Amazing. We all have been drooling over the McLaren P1 for years and we've pretty much memorized the performance figures of the twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 engine. Combined with its electric motor, the McLaren P1 produces 903 horsepower to the rear wheels. 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) will take just 2.8 seconds and 0-to-200 km/h (124 mph) will only take 6.8 seconds. Regardless of what the Porsche 918 Spyder claims on the lap of the Nurburgring, the McLaren P1 is the greatest automotive engineering innovation for the street that the world has seen yet. Period. No words can describe a car like this, as Jeremy Clarkson once said "Fast. Really fast. Mind-blowingly fast." No other car can reach the utter performance this car is, and it did this years ago! Advanced for its time, shaping the way for all cars. The Widow-maker has shown the car community what a hypercar should really be.
THE MCLAREN P1 IS ABOUT SPEED AND DRAMA
The P1 is a superhero among all supercars, it is supermodel shaped, and heroically powerful. Racing drivers, car testers, and who ever else has driven this car or has driven it to the max knows how difficult it is to drive. Its raw, its so utterly brutal. It scares you even before you get in it, yes a little bit of poo is coming out. No one ever has seen a car like this, that is why it is priced so high. It is so savage, cruel, bloodthirsty and vicious. Death is a fear when you walk into this car. It is just gorgeous from every single angle, the more you drive the car, the more the it is figuring out to go even faster. It is marvelous. This car is like no other, and it will never be. It even has a rear wing that extends almost 12 inches.. The Mclaren P1 is a legend, a life changing innovation, and it will always be considered a legend, not only a legend, but the best car of this generation!
I dont think we have ever been in a better era for supercars, manufacturers like McLaren, with its staggeringly capable, and amazing P1, have embraced hybrid technology to create vehicles capable of far more than we ever could have ever imagined, they are one level higher than all of us. The P1 is a completely different astonishing beast to its iconic predecessor, the F1, but where the F1 had game changing technology, the P1 uses it to its advantage. Which makes the P1 so special. Only one word, Legend.
Performance. Maximum Speed. 350kph (217mph) 0-100kph (62mph) 2.8s. ...
Engine. Engine Capacity. 3,799cc. Type. V8, 3.8L. ...
Braking. 100-0kph (62-0mph) 30m (98ft) 200-0kph (124-0mph) 116m (381ft)
Efficiency* CO2 Emissions EU NEDC. 194g/km.
Weight. Dry Weight (Lightest) 1,395kg (3,075lb) DIN Kerb Weight. 1,490kg (3,285lbs)
Engine: 3.8L V8 biturbo, electric motor
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Credits and inspiration: Top Gear, Motor Authority, Evo, CarandDriver