We celebrate the launch of the new McLaren P1 with an in-depth look at the new 903bhp, 217mph hypercar

When McLaren began to conceive the idea of a successor to the fabled F1, in the form of the McLaren P1, it had one goal: to be the best driver's car on road and track.

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.

To find out more about the McLaren P1, click here.

Click here to read the road test of the original McLaren F1 supercar.

Our Verdict

McLaren P1

The stakes couldn't be higher, so has the P1 risen to the challenge?

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8 November 2013
I almost threw up

8 November 2013
Was hugely disappointed when I first saw the P1 but now absolutely love it. Much more visually interesting that the Ferrari with the silly name. That thing looks like a traditional big bodied, heavy supercar. It's a complete mystery to my how it can be so much lighter that this. I would like to try myself on the scales Ferrari are using, I might like the result!

8 November 2013
Looks great in black.

8 November 2013
...no-one would actually have one of these rather than an F1 would they? Not unless money was an issue, I think, and this is all they can afford.

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