Video: McLaren P1 On Track Review


One of the world’s most technologically advanced plug-in vehicles has now hit the track.

P1 on the Track

P1 on the Track

In the hands of Autocar, the McLaren P1 lapped Bahrain International circuit.

As Autocar states:

“Here it is. The McLaren P1. The most technologically-advanced road car McLaren has ever built. But those expecting a full digital experience will be dispointed. The McLaren P1 is one of the most entertaining and intoxicating road cars currently available.”

Autocar is calling this video the “most in-depth” P1 review yet.

Meanwhile, we’re still patiently waiting for McLaren to lend us a P1.

McLaren P1 specs/info below:


– 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in just 2.8 seconds
– Braking from 100 km/h to zero takes just 30.2 metres – less than a third of the recognised stopping distance
– The McLaren P1™ reaches 300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds – a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the iconic McLaren F1
– Bespoke tyres and braking system, developed in conjunction with technical partners Pirelli and Akebono, ensure optimised performance
– First customer takes delivery of groundbreaking McLaren P1™ from company’s headquarters in Woking, England

Following an extensive testing and development programme, McLaren Automotive has now confirmed the performance figures for the McLaren P1™ in the latest stage in the launch of the groundbreaking model. These figures show that the third model in the range accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.5 seconds.

Groundbreaking levels of performance

The McLaren P1™ has been designed from the outset with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on road and track. The confirmation of the performance figures underlines this, and gives further insight into the potential of the latest model from the Woking-based firm.

Fitted with a twin powerplant powertrain generating 916 PS (903 bhp) from the highly efficient 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine and the lightweight electric motor, the McLaren P1™ storms from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds, and hits 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds – quicker than many hot hatches reach half that speed.

The relentless acceleration, delivered as a result of the instant torque offered by the electric motors and the optimised turbos, sees the McLaren P1™ reach 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.5 seconds. By way of a benchmark, this is a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (217 mph).

Despite these impressive figures, the McLaren P1™ still returns 34.0 mpg (8.3 l/100km) on the EU combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 194 g/km. The electric motor offers a range of 11 km (6.8 miles) in full electric mode on the NEDC cycle, which sees emissions drop to zero.

The braking figures are equally as impressive for the McLaren P1™, with the levels of performance provided by the bespoke Akebono system. The specially formulated carbon ceramic discs, coated in silicon carbide, can bring the McLaren P1™ to a halt from 62 mph (100 km/h) in a distance of just 30.2 metres. This figure is even more impressive when compared to the recognised stopping distances, which suggests that more than three times the distance – 102 metres – is required to bring a car to a halt from 100 km/h (62 mph).

Source: Autocar

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You should really watch Jeremy Clarckson’s recent review of it, on BBC’s Top Gear. It is the first time he appreciated an electric motor, in this case as an addition to the regular >700 bhp. He particularly like the fact that the electic bits help to dimish the slow down you experience when shifting gear :), in any event, worth watching. In a few weeks time they will also be testing a new Porche and when it beats the P1 he will change his name to Jennifer.

I was surprised to see that the P1 does not include an onboard charger – you get a seperate box which you can carry around with you or take out if you`re going for a race. Cool for setting lap times, but looks like a real hassel for anyone who just wants to pull up to a public charging station in style and plug in.

Interesting that he says it’s noticeably better than 918. That seems somewhat doubtful given that porsche holds the nurburg record and McL was coy about telling their time.
But it might be more engaging to drive.
Not that I have respect for either car because they are little more than emperor’s new clothes. Overweight and primitive gassers at ridiculous prices, but I wouldn’t mind a short drive in them to know how well they handle.