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McLaren P1 tech specs revealed

autos Updated: Oct 23, 2013 10:54 IST

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The McLaren P1 will be able to crack 0-100kph in just 2.8sec, one of several astonishing performance figures officially confirmed by McLaren for the first time.

The new hypercar will then go from 0-200kph in 6.8sec and from 0-300kph in 16.5sec, making it one of the fastest-accelerating performance cars in history. It can cover a standing quarter mile in 9.8sec at a speed of 244kph, while the top speed is electronically limited to 349kph.

The figures eclipse those of the Porsche 918 Spyder, which cracks 0-100kph in 2.8sec, 0-200kph in 7.9sec, 0-300kph in 23.0sec and goes on to a top speed of 339kph.

The P1’s other great hypercar rival, LaFerrari, has only had its 0-300kph time of 15.5sec confirmed. The 0-100kph time will be “less than 3.0sec” and the 0-200kph time “less than 7.0sec”, but the top speed will not be announced “because it doesn’t matter”.Very few cars have an official 0-100kph time of sub-3.0sec, including specialised models like the Ariel Atom V8, Koenigsegg Agera R, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and Nissan GT-R Spec V.

The P1’s real trump card – although one trumped itself by LaFerrari – is the 0-300kph time, which is 0.2sec faster than the Veyron Super Sport and 5.5sec quicker than the P1’s spiritual predecessor, the McLaren F1.

The McLaren P1 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine and electric motor with a combined 903bhp and 91.8kgm of torque. The P1 can travel up to 10.9km solely on electric power. Stopping performance is equally as impressive, due to a bespoke carbon-ceramic braking system developed by Akebono and Pirelli tyres. The P1 can go from 100kph to rest in 30.2metres. To stop from 200kph the P1 takes 116 metres and 246 metres from 300kph.

McLaren has also confirmed that the first P1 (it has a limited production run of 375 units) has rolled off the line at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking and was collected by a UK-based customer at the end of September.