Prior to the recently concluded Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 kicking off, the production-ready 2014 McLaren P1 had only been showed off in public in a bright shade of yellow with a rare silver P1 recently being spied. However, at Goodwood 2013, McLaren brought along two other McLaren P1s with one painted in a unique shade of deep purple while another was finished in dark green.
Munch997 on YouTube was lucky enough to film both of these stunning British supercars both driving and stationary, with the McLaren P1’s intoxicating exhaust note being captured in earnest in the following video.
A number of tech features make the McLaren P1 a very fast car. Cutting straight to the figures, the McLaren P1 will travel from zero to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds, zero to 200km/h in under 7 seconds, and zero to 300km/h in no more than 17 seconds. This is thanks, in part to the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) which is essentially KERS, for road cars. Putting the 300km/h statistic into perspective, this is 11 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350km/h.
The McLaren P1 uses a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine fitted with two turbochargers and an electric motor. Together, this produces 916ps (903bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. The petrol engine alone produces 737ps (727bhp) at 7,500rpm, and 720Nm of torque from 4,000rpm with the electric motor supplementing 179ps (176bhp) and 260Nm of torque. The power is channelled through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox to drive the rear wheels.