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The McLaren P1 needs little introduction. The first car in McLaren’s Ultimate series, launched at the same time as other hyper-car contenders from Ferrari and Porsche, the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. This trio of hyper-cars launched in 2013 set a new benchmark for road-going performance hyper-cars, all boasting a hybridised powertrain. Across the media, wherever the P1 was storied, the LaFerrari and 918 Spyder were most-likely mentioned, compared with, and cross-examined with each other.
Every new car, particularly one whose purpose is to break boundaries and set new benchmarks needs a demanding development phase. And this is where this P1’s, the XP05, story begins.
Of the limited 375 P1s produced, this particular P1 has a unique past, as one of the 14 experimental prototypes (‘XP’) used by McLaren to develop the P1 platform for their customers.
This P1, the XP05, was the test bed for the gearbox and Bosch fuel injection system development. A lucky XP perhaps, as some of the 14 XP cars were subjected to harsh conditions, with cold and hot weather testing in the Arctic Lakes and Death Valley respectively, and others even subjected to the necessary crash tests.
On completion of this development schedule, the XP05 chassis was redressed as the McLaren P1 GTR model (a track-only focused future variant of the road going P1) that wowed the automotive world at the Geneva and New York motor shows.
Following this unique start to life, this P1 was then stripped back to the carbon fibre monocage cell, and rebuilt to the same specification as the final P1 production road cars by McLaren. The previous owner chose to have the car finished in the historic McLaren racing colour orange, along with accompanying McLaren Special Operations (MSO) parts. Parts such as the Kiwi badge and matching orange P1 badge on the rear of the car, and unique stitching in the headrests of the driver and passenger seats.
Many a veteran online car enthusiast might remember a captivating and glowing review of the McLaren P1 by Chris Harris at Abu Dhabi’s race circuit at Yas Marina in 2015. If you’ve not seen it before we implore you to check it out…
If this video isn’t enough of an introduction to the P1 for you then we’re also here to recap what a wonderful powertrain this hyper-car has.
The P1 features a 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, producing a whopping 727 bhp and 720 nm of torque. If that wasn’t enough power, the P1 also included an electric motor to fill and augment the power band, producing 177 bhp and 260 nm. Combined, the P1 produces 904 bhp and 980 nm torque. The driver can also choose to purely use the electric motor at lower speeds.
Power isn’t the P1’s only strength. Active aerodynamics, lightweight and rigid carbon fibre chassis, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, hydraulic ride height adjustment and a powerful braking system makes this hyper-car feel welcome on road and track. Figures aren’t everything, but they certainly make a statement, as you will find below.
|Engine||3.8 L twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor|
|Power||904 bhp (727 bhp and 177 bhp combined)|
|Torque||980 nm (720 nm and 260 nm combined)|
|Kerb weight||1547 kg|
|Power-to-weight||584 bhp per ton|
|Top speed||217 mph|
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For sale at: Tom Hartley Jnr
Location: Leicestershire, UK
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