With all of the auto show glamor, magazine hyperbole, and chest-thumping hot laps over, the McLaren P1 is finally making its way into the hands of customers.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, the world's most famous McLaren owner decided to demonstrate the capabilities of this extraordinary car in a more ordinary setting. Leno's yellow P1 was the first delivered in the U.S. It was unloaded in California in late March.
Before the drive, Jay chats with McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt, who partially credits Leno's earlier drive of the P1 for helping the car sell out. A 375-car run (with an estimated base price of $1.15 million apiece) may not sound like a lot, but recall that the F1 did not meet its original production estimate.
The P1 features a hybrid system consisting of a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, electric motor, and lithium-ion battery pack. It's combined output is an astonishing 903 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. That's enough to get this sci-fi supercar from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, to 124 mph in 7.0 seconds, and to 186 mph in 17 seconds.
The top speed is electronically limited to 217.5 mph, and the P1 lapped the Nürburgring in under seven minutes, although even Jay Leno couldn't get McLaren CEO Flewitt to reveal the exact time.
According to Jay, all of that performance is melded with unparalleled on-road manners. He says the P1 is much easier to drive on the streets than other exotics, and is just as enjoyable at non-racetrack speeds.
Perhaps the greatest proof of the P1's versatility can be found on the odometer. Jay says he's put over 1,000 miles on the P1 since taking delivery, an impressive amount for such a rarefied machine. It definitely bucks the trend of limited-edition supercars that spend most of their time under car covers.