Goodbye McLaren P1

 

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Today is a sad day in the automotive sphere. McLaren has announced that the 375th, and conclusively the final P1 has officially come off the assembly line. This comes as a conclusion to one of the most talked about, tested, and hyped cars of the last couple of years.

Photo Credit: @Paul1Lacour

Photo Credit: @Paul1Lacour

The McLaren P1 was the British fighter caged with an Italian (LaFerrari) and a German (Porsche 918 Spyder), locked in a fight for Hybrid Hypercar supremacy. Out of “Holy Trinity”, the McLaren P1 was the most track-focused. Although primarily designed as a roadcar first, the P1 has an awesome “Race Mode” that lowers the car 50 mm and raises the rear wing to 29 degrees. It is so extreme that it is illegal to drive it in Race mode on the street.

This should be a celebration, rather than a eulogy, of the P1 and how utterly insane it is. There is so much awesomeness packed into one car that it’s hard to just attribute one single characteristic that embodies all of it. However, if there is anything that describes it, the word “Extreme” comes to mind. From the pure statistics on the sheer speed of it, the absolutely mental styling, to the ridiculous price, the McLaren P1 was the top of the automotive food chain.

In contrast to the first production P1, which was finished in Ice Silver paint, the last P1 will be finished in Volcano Orange, which is a tribute to McLaren’s traditional colours.

The McLaren P1, along with the other two in the “Holy Trinity”, have paved the way for the future of performance cars. Pioneering the use of electric power for performance instead of for fuel-savings, the next generation of hybrid performance cars owe a lot to the development of P1, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari.

McLaren has stated that for the near-future, they have no plans on replacing the P1 for their “Ultimate Series” line-up. Instead, they will be focusing on their “Sport Series” and “Super Series”. However, don’t rule out the possibility of a P1 successor just yet, as McLaren has said that in order for a replacement to be possible “…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”.

Photo Credit: McLaren

Photo Credit: McLaren

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