14 November 2013

"One goal: to be the best driver's car on road and track." So said the scribbled notes from a meeting in 2009 when McLaren's boffins sat down to sketch out a successor to the legendary Mclaren F1 supercar.

Writing it down is the easy part, of course. Where McLaren is different is that it has turned that lofty goal into a reality. With McLaren, we have come to expect success, be it from its racing glory, road car expertise or myriad other projects to which it is applying its expertise.

The McLaren P1 is not merely a staggering car; it is also a standard bearer for all that McLaren Automotive stands for. It rekindles memories of the passion and performance of the F1, crowns the technical achievements of the 12C and underlines the levels of prowess that are being poured into future models. New car stories don't get any bigger.

Join the debate


14 November 2013
Yes, a great feat of engineering, no doubt,but something so rare will not be remembered for long because of that very fact.

Peter Cavellini.

28 November 2013
Not sure I understand the logic behind the argument that, because it will be rare it will not be remembered. The most memorable cars are nearly always the rarest. Take the Ferrari 250GTO, fewer than 40 ever made yet most aficionados' idea of the ultimate collectors "super car" of its day. And the market backs it up with values approaching priceless.

14 November 2013
Hyperbole more like, and with hardly any superlatives left to use when they unveil the next one.


14 November 2013
Nuff chit chat, video review please!

14 November 2013
You urgently need to get someone else to do your voiceovers.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Mustang
    First Drive
    24 March 2018
    Sixth-generation Mustang gets a leaner face, revised suspension, improved safety equipment and a more power V8. We see how it fares on southern French roads
  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim

Latest videos