McLaren has delivered its first customer P1 to what we presume is an extremely ecstatic guy in the United Kingdom. The person collected his/ her car from the company’s Woking headquarters today. It is a unit finished in a striking Volcano Yellow and contrasting visual carbon fibre, that rolled off the production line at the end of last month.

McLaren P1 1

More importantly some performance information has now come to light regarding the P1, and boy what reading they make! We know it uses a 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine, just like the one used by the MP4-12C. But in this instance two major differences apply; it comes with a hybrid system and it makes much more power.

McLaren P1 2

Exactly how much power goes this way: maximum power is 674kW, and McLaren says it can rush off from 0 – 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds, hit 200km/h in 6.8 seconds and 300km/h in 16.5 seconds. This could be the most astonishing road hyper car to come out since the Bugatti Veyron. In fact, at a 177kW per litre, the P1 would need to go up from 3.8-litres to just 4.2-litres to beat the Veyron on power! In other words if the P1 was using the same engine as the Audi RS 4, it would be more powerful than the mighty Bugatti Veyron with its 8.0-litre, 4-turbo 16-cylinder engine.

McLaren P1 UK dealership 2

Even more impressive is that it consumes a claimed 8.3 litres per 100km of unleaded 98 octane fuel, while it has a range of 11km in full electric mode. Average C02 emissions of 194g/km are the result. As far as braking, the bespoke Akebono braking system makes for some good figures too. They say it can stop this thing from 100km/h in just 30.2 metres, thanks in part to carbon ceramic discs that are coated in silicon carbide.

McLaren P1 UK dealership

We don’t yet know if the P1 will come to Mzansi or not, given the amount of exclusivity surrounding it. But the fact that the Ferrari Enzo, Bugatti Veryon, Porsche Carrera GT and Pagani Zonda did make it here, means there is hope.

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