McLAREN P1™ PRODUCTION COMPLETE

Production of the first Ultimate Series model comes to an end, with the 375th and final example of the McLaren P1™ completed within the McLaren Production Centre (MPC).

The first and the last production examples of the McLaren P1™

 

The 375th and final example of the McLaren P1™ has now been completed, bringing to an end production of the most technologically advanced and dynamically accomplished hypercar ever made. Combining a highly efficient petrol engine and lightweight electric motor, the McLaren P1™ was the first of a new breed of supercars, and the first model in the range-topping McLaren Ultimate Series.

This ground-breaking McLaren was designed with one key goal: to be the best drivers’ car on road and track. With the pioneering use of weight-saving technologies and materials, including the extensive application of carbon fibre for the body panels and MonoCage chassis, the McLaren P1™ has a dry weight of just 1450kg. The aerodynamic design, coupled with the revolutionary RaceActive Chassis Control suspension system, offers a stiffer and more track-focused set-up that generates 600kg of downforce, in line with the levels of downforce generated by a GT3 racing car. The powertrain, comprising a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 with a lightweight, powerful electric motor, produces 916PS (903bhp) and 900Nm (664lb ft) of torque, and through this innovative approach, the McLaren P1™ is propelled from a standstill to 100kph (62mph) in 2.8 seconds, with 200kph (124mph) reached in 6.8 seconds and 300kph (186mph) achieved in just 16.5 seconds – a full five seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. The top speed is limited to 350kph (217mph). In short, the McLaren P1™ has rewritten the rulebook and challenged what people believed was possible, as the iconic McLaren F1 did two decades previously. 

 

 

It is fitting then that the final production example of the McLaren P1™ echoes the 64th and final McLaren F1 road car, chassis #075. Finished in the same pearlescent orange – which went on to inspire Volcano Orange, available today across the McLaren range – the stunning colour is achieved through a unique tinting process, while there are additional styling elements in raw carbon fibre weave, with the finish only visible externally on the splitter, diffuser and the aerodynamic blades along the lower body.

Inside the cabin, the final McLaren F1 road car has again provided the inspiration for the design of the final McLaren P1™, with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) creating bespoke touches throughout. The lightweight carbon fibre-shelled racing seats are crafted in black and orange Alcantara, the contrasting detail is carried across to the stitching on the steering wheel, and there is gloss black detailing for the switchgear, instrument bezels and air conditioning vents.

This unique configuration highlights the personalisation that has been available on the McLaren P1™, with each and every one of the 375 vehicles custom-built to the exacting specifications of its owner – in consultation with the team at MSO – ensuring that no two cars are the same. All cars were sold prior to the first car being delivered, and the first car – finished with Ice Silver paintwork and extensive levels of visual carbon fibre – rolled off the production line during the 50th anniversary celebrations of McLaren in September 2013. 

Running at full capacity, the bespoke Ultimate Series production line within the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Surrey, England, finished one car per day, with each individual model taking 17 days to complete on average. The Ultimate Series now continues in production with the limited-edition McLaren P1™ GTR, with the final track-only, 1000PS (986bhp) model due to be finished in early 2016.

 

 

In a fitting coincidence, as the finishing touches were being made to the 375th production model, the team at MSO were starting work on the first full-body visual carbon fibre examples of the McLaren P1™. This specialised conversion will see all painted panels replaced, with the finish being an example of the highest level of craftsmanship.

Commenting on the next stages of the top model tier within the McLaren range, McLaren Chief Executive Officer Mike Flewitt commented: ‘The McLaren P1™ has already established itself as an icon, and any car that is to continue the lineage of the Ultimate Series will need to be a worthy successor – a significant step-change in technology or performance is required to ensure this is the case. The future is undecided at this stage, which is an exciting proposition.’

 

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