We reveal the first independent performance figures for the new 903bhp McLaren P1 hypercar in this week's 10-page road test

Autocar has become the world's first car magazine to gather and publish independent performance figures for the McLaren P1 hypercar.

The 903bhp P1 is the subject of this week's Autocar road test and was put through a raft of track tests at the MIRA proving ground, during which it hit 60mph from rest in 2.8sec, reached 100mph in just 5.2sec and covered a standing quarter mile in 10.2sec with a terminal speed of 147.5mph.

Of all the cars Autocar has road tested, only Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport has proven quicker in a straight line – and then only marginally. The £1.67 million Bugatti reached 60mph and 100mph just 0.2sec faster than the P1, and was only 0.1sec quicker through the standing quarter mile.

Meanwhile, neither the Bugatti nor any of the other cars Autocar has tested could match the P1's on-track performance around Autocar's handling circuit. The P1 completed a lap in 1min 6.8sec, a good 1.2seconds quicker than the next fastest car, the road legal but track-focused Radical SR3 SL open sports car.

The Veyron lapped the track in 1min 8.5sec while Ferrari's F12 managed it in 1min 8.6sec. The P1 might have lapped even faster but for two damp patches; one in a high-speed bend, the other in a heavy braking zone.

The most impressive things about the McLaren P1 are not its outright pace – although that is breathtaking – but that such a usable, pliant and enjoyable road car can have such duality of character. And that a car so fast can be so approachable and engaging on a track.

The McLaren P1 is limited to a production run of 375 units, each costing £866,000.

Autocar magazine, featuring the P1 road test and incorporating a 'best of British' theme, is on sale now.

Read our McLaren P1 review here.

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7 May 2014
Nice issue, shame it's printed on what appears to be toilet paper...

7 May 2014
No where near as quick as a Koenigsegg Agera....never mind the R.
Still epic though and British.

7 May 2014
I would never call the P1's performance slow, in fact, it's performance is staggering. And yet, despite McLaren's engineering, aerodynamic and technical ability, and the P1's much lower weight and massive power, I somehow expected it to not only be quicker in a straight line than the Veyron Supersport up to around 150mph (before the Bugatti's extra oomph kicks in), but also much quicker around a circuit that the Veyron without using damp patches as an excuse and depsite its apparently superior brakes. And despite having nearly 300bhp more than the F1, the P1 is only 0.4 secs quicker to 60mph, only 1.1 secs quicker to 100mph and only 2.2 secs quicker to 150mph. And compared to the 12C, the P1's standing quarter mile and standing kilometre is only marginally faster - it'd be interesting to see how the P1 compares to the 650S in this respect. I wasn't expecting Formula 1 car speeds, but somehow I was expecting more from the P1 considering all the hype being lauded on it. To me, the F1's achievements seem even more remarkable despite the car being 20 years old.

7 May 2014
Lanehogger wrote:

I would never call the P1's performance slow, in fact, it's performance is staggering. And yet, despite McLaren's engineering, aerodynamic and technical ability, and the P1's much lower weight and massive power, I somehow expected it to not only be quicker in a straight line than the Veyron Supersport up to around 150mph (before the Bugatti's extra oomph kicks in), but also much quicker around a circuit that the Veyron without using damp patches as an excuse and depsite its apparently superior brakes. And despite having nearly 300bhp more than the F1, the P1 is only 0.4 secs quicker to 60mph, only 1.1 secs quicker to 100mph and only 2.2 secs quicker to 150mph. And compared to the 12C, the P1's standing quarter mile and standing kilometre is only marginally faster - it'd be interesting to see how the P1 compares to the 650S in this respect. I wasn't expecting Formula 1 car speeds, but somehow I was expecting more from the P1 considering all the hype being lauded on it. To me, the F1's achievements seem even more remarkable despite the car being 20 years old.

I have to say I agree with your comments Lanehogger. I love the P1 but I find its performance rather, and strangely, disappointing considering it has 903bhp, very low weight and McLaren's mighty R&D at its disposal. It probably was never going to be quicker in a straight line than a Veyron SS, Hennessey Venom, Agera R/One above a certain speed, while its top speed wouldn't have match those cars if delimited, but I was expecting so much more, especially around a track. Apart from the legendary F1 now looking like quite a remarkable achievement all those years ago, I'm wondering now whether the Porsche 918's track abilities have been underestimated. I can't help bu feel a tinge of disappointment with the P1's performance. It's not quite the massive game changer I anticipated it to be.

7 May 2014
Saucerer wrote:
Lanehogger wrote:

I would never call the P1's performance slow, in fact, it's performance is staggering. And yet, despite McLaren's engineering, aerodynamic and technical ability, and the P1's much lower weight and massive power, I somehow expected it to not only be quicker in a straight line than the Veyron Supersport up to around 150mph (before the Bugatti's extra oomph kicks in), but also much quicker around a circuit that the Veyron without using damp patches as an excuse and depsite its apparently superior brakes. And despite having nearly 300bhp more than the F1, the P1 is only 0.4 secs quicker to 60mph, only 1.1 secs quicker to 100mph and only 2.2 secs quicker to 150mph. And compared to the 12C, the P1's standing quarter mile and standing kilometre is only marginally faster - it'd be interesting to see how the P1 compares to the 650S in this respect. I wasn't expecting Formula 1 car speeds, but somehow I was expecting more from the P1 considering all the hype being lauded on it. To me, the F1's achievements seem even more remarkable despite the car being 20 years old.

I have to say I agree with your comments Lanehogger. I love the P1 but I find its performance rather, and strangely, disappointing considering it has 903bhp, very low weight and McLaren's mighty R&D at its disposal. It probably was never going to be quicker in a straight line than a Veyron SS, Hennessey Venom, Agera R/One above a certain speed, while its top speed wouldn't have match those cars if delimited, but I was expecting so much more, especially around a track. Apart from the legendary F1 now looking like quite a remarkable achievement all those years ago, I'm wondering now whether the Porsche 918's track abilities have been underestimated. I can't help bu feel a tinge of disappointment with the P1's performance. It's not quite the massive game changer I anticipated it to be.

Its called diminishing returns. Takes so much more to get a tiny improvement.

Also " damp patches; one in a high-speed bend" pretty much the key area for a car like this. If it was dry that could be 0.5 sec difference right there.

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7 May 2014
Saucerer wrote:
Lanehogger wrote:

I would never call the P1's performance slow, in fact, it's performance is staggering. And yet, despite McLaren's engineering, aerodynamic and technical ability, and the P1's much lower weight and massive power, I somehow expected it to not only be quicker in a straight line than the Veyron Supersport up to around 150mph (before the Bugatti's extra oomph kicks in), but also much quicker around a circuit that the Veyron without using damp patches as an excuse and depsite its apparently superior brakes. And despite having nearly 300bhp more than the F1, the P1 is only 0.4 secs quicker to 60mph, only 1.1 secs quicker to 100mph and only 2.2 secs quicker to 150mph. And compared to the 12C, the P1's standing quarter mile and standing kilometre is only marginally faster - it'd be interesting to see how the P1 compares to the 650S in this respect. I wasn't expecting Formula 1 car speeds, but somehow I was expecting more from the P1 considering all the hype being lauded on it. To me, the F1's achievements seem even more remarkable despite the car being 20 years old.

I have to say I agree with your comments Lanehogger. I love the P1 but I find its performance rather, and strangely, disappointing considering it has 903bhp, very low weight and McLaren's mighty R&D at its disposal. It probably was never going to be quicker in a straight line than a Veyron SS, Hennessey Venom, Agera R/One above a certain speed, while its top speed wouldn't have match those cars if delimited, but I was expecting so much more, especially around a track. Apart from the legendary F1 now looking like quite a remarkable achievement all those years ago, I'm wondering now whether the Porsche 918's track abilities have been underestimated. I can't help bu feel a tinge of disappointment with the P1's performance. It's not quite the massive game changer I anticipated it to be.

The P1 is only 1.8 sec quicker than the F12, yet the LaFerrari is 3 sec quicker around (the slightly longer lap of) Fiorano than the F12. I thought the McLaren would have massive advantage but even the (much maligned on British websites) Veyron SS is't far off in the twisty bits. I like the looks but slightly surprised by these figures. It'll be interesting to see how the 918 and the LaFerrari fare.

7 May 2014
I'd say McLaren has one big problem, where's Gordon Murray when you need him? Murray's pursuit of perfection would have made this into something beyond special.

7 May 2014
...if the BVSS is quicker in a straight line than a P1, and the internet is flush with clips of the Agera R owning BVSSs, why all the fuss over the P1. Why aren't you, and we, gushing over the K'egg, and looking forward to a head to head between 'it' and the recently driven Italian job?

7 May 2014
veyron ss is pretty impressive. thought somewhere along the line the p1 would make a huge performance impact, half a ton lighter than the veyron but it was never intended to be a straight line car

8 May 2014
If conditions were spot-on, the P1 would have had a fair crack at the whip and we'd see performance figures that would rell almost every single rival. We'd easily see a 0-60mph time of well under 2.8 secs while the 0-100mph time would be despatched under 5.0secs. As for 0-150mph, the Veyron Super Sport would be knocked in to the middle of next week, while the P1's track times would be superior. It's just a shame that weather and track conditions weren't prime, otherwise we'd see mind-boggling numbers. And let us not also forget what an engineering and technical marvel the P1 is, highlighting the fact that McLaren are streets ahead when it comes design, engineering, technology and aerodynamic prowess, which serves to the highlight the fact that they are 'the' sports car manufacturer. The P1 is very much a worthy successor to the F1 and massively redefines the hypercar like its predecessor did. It's rivals will be playing catch-up again. And that the P1 is British should make us all proud.

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