2014 McLaren P1
2014 McLaren P1
One of the big attractions at Canepa Cars & Coffee is Canepa’s custom ordered McLaren P1. This limited production, hybrid hypercar is one of only 375 made. Its bespoke color, Canepa Blue, was formulated here at Canepa by Bruce himself, and then sent to McLaren for application. The shade is absolutely stunning, looking almost black in dim light and then exploding into a handsome dark blue in full sunlight. Other unique touches on this are the McLaren F1 badge on the front, P1 badging on the wheel centers, and an interior dyed to match the unique paint color.
McLaren’s hypercar breathes some rarified air in the car world, only shared with the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari. Capable of reaching speeds of 218 mph (351 km/h) with the limiter on, and up to 249 mph (401 km/h) without, it is one of fastest production cars in the world.
Propelling the hybrid P1 is a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that delivers 727 bhp (737 PS; 542 kW) and 531 lb·ft (720 N·m) of torque. This power combines with an in-house developed electric motor producing 177 bhp (179 PS; 132 kW) and 192 lb·ft (260 N·m) the total power and torque output of the P1 is 904 bhp (917 PS; 674 kW) and 723 lb·ft (980 N·m) of torque. The electric motor can be deployed manually by the driver or left in automatic mode, whereby the car’s ECUs ‘torque fill’ the gaps in the gas engine’s output. This gives the powertrain an effective powerband of almost 7000rpm. The car is rear-wheel drive with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The P1 comes with Formula 1 derived features such as the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which will give an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which operates the car’s rear wing, thereby increasing straight line speed, and a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System). The IPAS and DRS are operated via two buttons on the steering wheel just like an F1 car.
The P1 will accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 2.6 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 16.5 seconds, making it a full 5.5 seconds faster than the McLaren F1. It completes a standing quarter mile in 9.75 seconds at 246 km/h (153 mph).