MCLAREN P1 REVIEW

This is what happens when you use electricity to enhance the performance of supercars. The P1 is a hybrid gasoline-electric hypercar that produces 904 total system bhp and 723 lb-ft of torque from of a retuned version of McLaren's 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an in-house developed electric motor. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission custom produced by Graziano for the P1. All of this power translates to astonishing performance figures. 0-60 mph is achieved in 2.7 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 218 mph. With the limiter removed, P1 could reach over 250 mph. P1 is built around bringing futuristic and Formula One derived technology to a production car. P1, therefore, features an Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), a Drag Reduction System (DRS), and a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), which are all developed from McLaren's experience on the Formula One circuit. Although P1 provides one of the most raw and purposeful driving experiences in the world, it is still usable on the road. P1 comes with an EV mode, which shuts off the engine and uses the power from the electric motor to give 19 miles of pure-electric range, ideal for both urban and highway driving. On the track, however, is where the P1 shines and can complete a lap of the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in under 7 minutes, which is a time typically reserved for pure racing cars. P1, therefore, is one of, if not the most extreme, yet usable cars in the world, and is the ultimate car from McLaren, period.

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