McLaren has released a video, celebrating the P1’s time spent at the Nurburgring chasing a sub-seven minute lap. Despite this, the company has remained tight-lipped about the car’s actual time, stating simply ‘an average speed in excess of 111mph’. We've been expecting a time below the Porsche 918 Spyder’s rather impressive 6:57, although McLaren has neither confirmed nor denied this.
Driven by McLaren’s chief test driver Chris Goodwin, the P1 attempted the lap in Race mode, which means the rear wing is fully extended by 300mm and the suspension stiffened by 300 per cent. It did however run on standard fully road-legal Pirelli Pirelli P Zero Corse tyres.
Despite the fact McLaren has no plans to release the final Ring lap time, the video does give a taste of how quick the P1 is around the Green Hell. McLaren also released some interesting stats about the lap, including peak cornering force of 3.9g at the Karussell, and the fact a gearchange was made every six seconds on average. The car’s F1-inspired drag reduction system was also deployed for a total of nine per cent of the lap, increasing maximum speed due to a 60 per cent decrease in downforce on the straights.
Official performance figures for the McLaren P1 have also been confirmed. It's over a year since the new hypercar debuted in production form at the 2012 Paris motor show, and the release of information and specs since has been a pretty drawn out one. Now that production of the 375 customer P1s is well under way at the Woking factory, McLaren has confirmed a full set of performance and efficiency numbers for the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 rival.
The headline figures are a 2.8sec 0-62 time and a 217mph top speed, the latter apparently being electronically limited. 0-124mph takes 6.8sec, while a 16.5sec 0-186mph sprint is 5.5sec quicker than the P1's spiritual forebear, the McLaren F1. The F1 gets the upper hand when it comes to top speed, though; the car famously hit 243mph back in 1998, while this new P1 is electronically limited to 217mph, putting it behind claims for the Aston Martin One-77 and Noble M600, its fellow British supercar competitors.
The P1's quarter-mile performance is particularly impressive, though, the distance completed in 9.8sec at 152mph. We figured a Bugatti Veyron in 10.5sec at 140.2mph...
A madcap set of performance figures is twinned with equally eye-opening claimed economy numbers, with McLaren quoting 194g/km of CO2 emissions and a combined 34mpg - 10mpg up on the McLaren 12C and on par with a Porsche Boxster 2.7. Such figures are helped by the P1's hybrid drivetrain, and if it is like other petrol-electric performance cars currently on the market, the will not be easily matched in mixed, never mind enthusiastic, driving.
The McLaren P1 mates a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine to an electric motor for a combined total of 903bhp, a healthy 276bhp more than the McLaren F1. And while it’s set to weigh comfortably more, (unconfirmed reports suggest 1400kg, over 20 per cent higher than the F1’s 1137kg), its performance figures embarrass the former fastest car in the world. McLaren has been keen to shout about the P1’s aerodynamics and drivers’ car potentials, though, and boasts of its everyday driveability, something we found the Aston a little too savage for.
The interior is very driver focused, and is dripping in carbonfibre, not least from its ‘monocage’ chassis tub - that differs slightly from the McLaren MP4-12C’s ‘Monocell’. It measures 83mm longer and 37mm wider than the 12C, but is 29mm lower. The McLaren P1 remains as striking as its 2012 Paris motor show concept, with a set of bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres, a set of Akebono mirror finish carbon ceramic brakes (apparently also used in space travel – obviously) and the addition of some extra cooling ducts ahead of the front wheels.
Priced at £866,000 – equivalent to a Pagani Huayra while much less than an Aston One-77 or Bugatti Veyron – the new McLaren P1 will be limited to 375 units, all of them set to be left-hand drive. Like the LaFerrari however, McLaren says that the entire production run has now been sold.
The car was revealed earlier in 2013 at the Geneva motor show, before driving up the famous hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The ultimate 3000bhp, £2.5million group test - pitching it against fellow hybrid hypercars, the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder - is something we aim to bring you...
We've already driven the 918 Spyder, and our definitive McLaren P1 review will be available in issue 194 of evo, on sale Wednesday 26 February.