The McLaren P1 : Will It Be The Greatest Car Ever Made?


The intensity of the interest surrounding McLaren's new P1 hypercar is in no small part due to the clever marketing campaign around it. Since the car was unveiled at the Paris 2012 motor show, pictures and information have been tantalisingly scarce. Not that McLaren are angling for sales. The scheduled run of 500 P1's is bound to see the clamouring of a greater number of buyers, all seeking to exchange their £825,000 for one.

However, amongst all the hype and hyperbole, some are seriously beginning to ask if McLaren's P1 will be the greatest car ever made?

Defining the Legend of the McLaren P1

It is, of course, too early to give a definitive answer to this question; that will come when the car is released into the eager, sweating hands of the world's motoring press. There is however, even at this stage, the serious possibility that this car will eclipse all that have gone before it. Certainly, with McLaren's recent track record, their illustrious history and their pioneering development of motor technology it would be an unwise proposition to bet against.

McLaren have had a full 50 years of racing and road car heritage to draw on during the development of this car. Their state of the art headquarters in Wokingham, Surrey, is shared with Formula One stable mate, McLaren Racing. With eight Constructors Championships to their credit, there is not much this sister branch of the McLaren Group do not know about putting together a world beating car. In no small measure, the McLaren P1's promise lies in the fact that it was conceived at a site where dealing with the bleeding edge of technology is the daily norm. Any new model passing through the McLaren doors is bound to generate worldwide interest, but there is something in the air surrounding the P1 that has got everyone expecting a real game changing car.

But before you go out and panic about your car insurance premium, remember that what we know about the P1 itself is scant. There are the beautifully artistic publicity shots of the car in action lapping the Bahrain International Circuit. There are the small amounts of information disseminated to the press, which confirm little about the car or its specification. Indeed, it is not yet known what power plant it will use. The rumours are that it may well employ a new twin turbo V10 unit, but it may also rely on the existing V8 of the MP4-12C. The existing engine, with its Kinetic Energy Recovery system, generates almost 1000 bhp, so is hardly in need of upgrading. Although it may not yet be possible to predict the outcome of the greatest ever road car debate, one thing is certain. The P1 will be the greatest road going McLaren ever made, which means that even if it is not the greatest car ever made, it will be close.

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