The Latest McLaren P1 Is Pure Electric, Available Now! Oh Really?

OCT 30 2016 BY MARK KANE 6

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

The all-electric McLaren is no longer a fantasy, and this just 4 months after the famous company revealed its intention to develop one.

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

Unfortunately, there is an age (or at least size) restriction to drive the latest McLaren EV.

As always, performance of the McLaren sets a new standard for the industry to follow, as the all-electric P1 is one damn quick EV, accelerating from 0 to top speed in just 2 seconds (with the top speed being a whopping 3 mph).

The three speed gearbox also sets a new standard, as most all-electric EVs only have one (plus a reverse gear). The P1 also comes with a standard MP3 player, which should also provide a lot of fun for its occupant – which is limited to one…which is what you expect in a pure BEV racing machine.

Best of all is the price, which is almost 2,000x less that the classic hybrid version we are familiar with, the all-electric P1 is available through McLaren retailers for £375 (about $485 USD) followed by recognized global toy retailers. It’s time to send letter to Santa Claus.

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

McLaren Automotive has already revealed that one of the key strategies of its TRACK 22 business plan is the development of a Pure Electric Vehicle (or EV) to one day sit in its Ultimate Series.  Meanwhile a Pure EV based on today’s McLaren P1™ is now available but only to a limited group of potential customers … those under the age of six.  At least that’s the official guidance.

The diminutive McLaren P1™ differs from its larger brother in two important areas.  Firstly, it has a central driving position, just like the iconic McLaren F1.  Then secondly, the young will be able to experience what adults never could: an open-top McLaren P1™.  Yet cleverly the design still retains McLaren’s signature dihedral doors.  And like every McLaren, its acceleration is startling.  The zero to maximum speed dash takes just two seconds.

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

The car surges into life via a one-button stop/start function automatically activating the lights and ‘air-conditioning’ unit. An MP3 player and audio system is standard and helpfully already pre-programmed with every popular nursery rhyme.  It also features a reverse gear in addition to its three speed, forward transmission. Handy if you’ve arrived at the wrong playground.

In a contrast to McLaren’s usual policy of offering limitless colour and trim combinations, this time the choice for the busy six year old is made easy with only one colour on offer: Volcano Yellow.

The Ride On, electric McLaren P1TM is the first officially licensed product from McLaren Automotive to enter this growing market segment and is the most compact car yet to wear the McLaren badge.  Hence customers ideally should be between three and six years old to drive it.  Although young drivers beyond this age group might also fit.

It will be available from the end of October first from selected McLaren Automotive retailers around the world priced at £375.00, followed by recognised global toy retailers.

TECHNICAL INFO

Vehicle infoThe Ride On McLaren P1TM
Colour – Volcano Yellow
Top speed –approximately 3mph
Price – RRP: £375.00
The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

The latest McLaren P1 is Pure Electric

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Yet it has an exhaust tip…

Good Catch!

I like how the article says, in regards to gears, “most all-electric EVs only have one (plus a reverse gear)”.

You need to get rid of the old ICE thinking. Whilst an ICE can’t just stop and run backwards for reverse, an electric motor certainly can so a ‘reverse gear’ is not needed. The same gear set is used for both forward and reverse. Simplicity at it’s finest.

So when are you going to pit it against the Tesla tyke-mobile?

Aspiring wealthy toddlers the world over want to make sure they get the fastest thing on the sidewalk, so the world anxiously awaits this most important race.

Sigh, not really funny. Not April. But I yell at clouds.

Other EVs don’t have a “reverse gear”.

They change the direction of the motor.