Designed as the pinnacle of McLaren’s range, the last McLaren P1, a part of the British supercar firm’s so called Ultimate Series, has rolled down the production line, completing a production run of 375 vehicles.
Don’t feel too sore if you never placed your order in time - before production of the first P1 began in 2013, marking the 50th anniversary of McLaren, the entire allotment was already pre-sold.
Designed as a successor to the McLaren F1 of the 1990s, of which just 106 cars were built, the P1 ditched the F1’s centrally mounted driving position and 12-cylinder engine for a more conventional two-seater cabin and more up-to-date engine solution.
Mounted behind the P1’s carbon fibre 'MonoCage' chassis sits a version of the 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 used across the McLaren range, tuned up to 542kW and paired with a Formula 1-inspired electric motor that brings total outputs to 673kW and 900Nm of torque.
Connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the P1 is capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint of just 2.8 seconds. The P1’s hybrid powertrain is not alone in sector, it joins other hybrid hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and ferrari LaFerrari.
Each of the 375 P1’s built has been handled by McLaren Special Operations, ensuring a bespoke build tailored to each individual owner and ensuring that no two P1’s are alike.
While the P1 production run has come to an end, the even more-focussed P1 GTR remains in production, with an even more exclusive run of just 35 vehicles expected to be completed in early 2016.
As for the next generation Ultimate Series vehicle, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt concedes:
“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.”
The final P1 is finished in a unique pearlescent orange, inspired by the final McLaren F1 road car's orange paintwork, and is pictured alongside the first Ice Silver P1 built in 2013 - Check our gallery for more images.
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