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McLaren P1 performance figures confirmed

Tue, 22 Oct 2013

McLaren has confirmed performance statistics for its new P1 hybrid hypercar – and the official numbers are frankly amazing.

We always knew the 2013 McLaren P1 was quick, but 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, 0-124mph in 6.8 seconds, 0-186mph in 16.5 seconds and a 217mph top speed prove its astonishing pace. And it’ll return exceptional efficiency (given the performance) of 34.0mpg combined with 194g/km CO2.

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Together, the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine and hybrid electric motor churn out a colossal 916hp, which in a car weighing just 1,395kg is going to deliver some serious motive force.

McLaren itself is actually comparing the P1 to the legendary McLaren F1 of the 1990s. That car weighed in at 1,137kg and boasted 627hp from it’s revvy V12, giving a power to weight ratio of 551hp per tonne – a figure the Bugatti Veyron can’t even match at ‘just’ 521hp per tonne.

The P1 blows this out of the water, however, with 657hp per tonne. It’s not the only performance benchmark the P1 eclipses, either – the new car is a full 5.5 seconds quicker from zero to 186mph than the F1.

If it shows the old-school V12 car a clean pair of heels for acceleration, then it completely annihilates it when it comes to braking.

McLaren states that the P1 will pull up from 62mph in just 30.2 metres – that’s less than one third of the 102-metre stopping distance the Highway Code estimates from that speed.

The numbers keep boggling the mind the faster you go, too. It takes roughly two thirds of the time to brake from 124mph to zero as it does to get there (4.5 seconds), stopping in just 116 metres, while braking from 186mph to a standstill is shrugged off in 6.2 seconds and only 246 metres.

You wouldn’t expect anything else with brake discs made of a compound developed specially for the NASA space programme.

The acceleration and braking numbers are incredible, but there’s a third facet to the P1’s simply flabbergasting stats: efficiency.

As MSN Cars reported on from an early tech workshop preview of the P1, the car’s battery has the highest energy density of any item in the automotive sector, which means it can run for up to 6.8 miles in full electric mode and return up to 34mpg with only 194g/km CO2.

So, a McLaren that’s over TWICE AS FAST from 0-62mph than a Porsche Cayman and as near as makes no difference as efficient – what’s not to like? If we had £866,000 we know where it would be going…

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