If you were hoping to snatch up a 2014 McLaren P1, you may be soon out of luck. According to a new report, 75 percent of the entire production run has already been accounted for.
Autocar says that there are just 100 units of the P1's 375-unit run that haven't already been reserved by buyers. Just to be clear, that's a total of 375 copies globally, not just for the U.K., where Autocar is based. That said, most of the P1's sales were expected to come from three regions: the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Autocar didn't specify where the 275 claimed cars were heading, although, they did say that the remaining 100 copies would probably go to Asia. McLaren officials confirmed to us that it has "confirmed two-thirds" of the P1's production run for sales, corroborating what Autocar reported.
When the official details for the 2014 McLaren P1 were announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, we didn't expect sales of the new hypercar to go quite so fast – in the U.S., the P1 wears a price tag of a cool $1.15 million, before any add-ons. Not that P1 buyers would necessarily need anything extra. The car comes with an advanced plug-in-hybrid powertrain that is good for a net total of 903 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. To produce that prodigious power, McLaren has paired the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 from the smaller MP4-12C to a battery pack, which can power the car sans gasoline for up to 6.2 miles. No matter what produces it, all power goes through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to the rear wheels.
If the powertrain wasn't groundbreaking enough, we're sure the P1's futuristic look will be. The design is quite striking, from the smiling front diffuser to the contrasting side airflow cutout to the barely-there LED taillights. Up front, a wide carbon-fiber diffuser that stretches between the boomerang-shaped headlights dominates the fascia; the wide stance of the P1 combined with the subtle bend of the diffuser's shape makes the big McLaren look a little as if it's smiling. The shape of the headlights will look familiar to any McLaren aficionado – they echo the brand's logo and incorporate the same boomerang-shaped LED running lights as found on the MP4-12C. Around back, an aggressively sculpted carbon-fiber diffuser sits below a mass of mesh venting. Mounted high in the center of the mesh is a giant, single exhaust outlet. The taillights are wisp-thin, outlining the corners of the vented area, each a line of barely visible LEDs. Mounted on the rear deck is the adjustable rear wing, which can work as an airbrake to help slow the car.
To help demonstrate the P1's aerodynamic design, McLaren has launched a new website, where you can see how the active aero parts function to move air around the car at different speeds. You can check that out at designedbyair.com.
Source: Autocar, McLaren