That the F1 remains comparable today is testament to its purity; in third gear, it covered each 20mph increment from 20-110mph in less than 2.0sec; from 60-80mph it wanted just 1.6sec. We thought that its numbers would be the fastest we’d ever record. They weren’t.
The P1 is shorter geared in third, but it covers the same 60-80mph sprint in just 1.2sec.
If you want to go from 0-60mph faster than the P1’s 2.8sec, or from 0-100mph faster than its 5.2sec, or cover a standing quarter mile more quickly (10.2sec at 147.5mph and climbing fast), our road test records show that you’ll need a Veyron Super Sport or nothing.
But it’s the nature of the P1’s delivery, rather than its savagery, that is just as impressive. The Veyron introduced us to cars that were as powerful as 10 Volkswagen Golfs but as easy to drive as just one, and despite a much smaller swept capacity, the P1’s hybrid trickery enables it to retain those qualities.
The P1 fires to an extremely loud idle – there are cars that drive at 50mph with less interior volume than a stationary P1 – but apart from the volume, there is no hint of its 238bhp- per-litre specific output or 8250rpm rev limit. It’s a clean, civil engine note and initial response is fine, too.
You can pootle in a P1 without a barrage of wasted revs or pinking and crackles, and you can also accelerate briskly in high gears seemingly without any accompanying turbo lag.
For that, you can thank the electric motor’s 192lb ft of torque, which fills the void left while the turbos spool. As a result, the P1 feels like a car with a much larger capacity and it generates peak torque at just 4000rpm. In fifth gear, it’s as quick from 50-70mph as it is from 120-140mph (2.7sec, since you’re asking).
Flick the powertain switch through Normal to Sport or Track modes and you’ll increase the gearshift ferocity. Engage the ‘boost’ function and at near-full throttle openings you can extract maximum performance by pushing the IPAS button, which releases the electric motor’s potential (which is also on tap via the throttle without ‘boost’ engaged). Race mode we’ll come to in a second.