Four years on from that original meeting, the launch of the McLaren P1 ends the company's journey of turning that ambitious goal into a reality.
It's a car designed to be engaging, precise and predictable while offering the ultimate in performance, everyday usability and safety.
With a combined output of 903bhp and 664lb ft, delivered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 and an electric motor, McLaren's hybrid will be capable of 0-62mph in 2.8sec and reaching a limited top speed of 217mph.
"It is in McLaren's DNA to search for perfection," said Ron Dennis, boss of McLaren Automotive. "The McLaren P1 is the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage."
Readers of this week's Autocar magazine, dated the 6 November, will get a free 64-page magazine documenting the making of the McLaren P1 hypercar.