McLaren P1 – Just How Fast Is It?

With the first car rolling off the swanky McLaren Production Centre assembly line, the Woking firm have finally revealed the Big Mac’s performance figures. As we’re sure you’ll agree, they’re pretty staggering.

McLaren P1 001

So, let’s get the headline grabbing figures out-of-the-way first:

  • 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds,
  • Top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h) – electronically limited,
  • 34.0 mpg on EU Combined cycle,
  • 194 g/km CO2.

Now read those first two statistics, and then compare them again to the second two. We’re talking about a hypercar that will hit 60 mph in under three seconds, yet can (technically) achieve fuel consumption no worse than a regular hot hatch! The P1’s eco-credibility doesn’t stop there; the electric motor enables the car to run for up to almost 7 miles on battery power alone, generating zero CO2 emissions when doing so.

Each P1, like this Volcano Yellow first customer car, takes 17 days to build.

Combining an electric motor with the 903 bhp 3.8 litre V8 twin-turbo results in the epic acceleration off the line. This surge carries on relentlessly, with 124 mph (200 km/h) appearing in 6.8 seconds, with 186 mph (300 km/h) achieved in 16.5 seconds. The last figure is some 5.5 seconds quicker than the original McLaren F1 – not exactly noted for being slow off the mark.

P1 under construction inside the Foster + Partners designed Production Centre.
P1 under construction inside the Foster + Partners designed Production Centre.

Just as impressive is the performance from the bespoke Akebono carbon-ceramic brakes. Stopping from 300 km/h takes just 6.2 seconds, whilst braking from 100 km/h is achieved in only 30.2 metres. That last figure is some three times shorter than the official recognised stopping distance, cementing the sheer power of the P1’s brakes.

EngageSportMode had, admittedly, found the P1 a little too cold and clinical for a hypercar to connect with emotionally. However, on viewing the above numbers, it becomes pretty hard to not start to want one, just a little bit. We’re sure the UK-based owner of the first production example is feeling immensely pleased with themselves right now.

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