That’s how long it takes to build just one McLaren P1 supercar. 82 workers and 17 days to hand build them at the company’s Woking, England headquarters. Compare that to Ford Motor Company who produces a car every 10 seconds. In 17 days Ford can make 149,000 cars. This is not to discredit McLaren in any way, but to show how meticulous an automaker can be when creating a halo car, especially when there will only be 375 examples produced. In 1992 McLaren created the F1, which in it’s day was the fastest production car on the planet being able to hit 242 miles per hour. Needless to say when it came time to replace the F1 people were skeptical.
Yes, it’s a hybrid. Alike it’s supercar rivals the Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1 has an internal combustion engine coupled to an electric motor that have a combined horsepower output of 903. That’s 9 Toyota Prius’s worth of power. It accomplishes this feat with a 727-hp twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 with 531 lb-ft of torque mated to a 176-hp, 192 lb-ft lightweight electric motor. This engine combination can push the P1 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 6.8 seconds and on to 186 mph in 16.5 seconds. Which is 5.5 seconds quicker than the F1. Additionally, the P1 can hit the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds at 152 mph and finally onto an electronically limited top speed of 217 mph.
We designed the McLaren P1 from the outset with one clear goal: to be the best driver’s car on road and track. The confirmation of the performance figures underlines this. I am very proud of our Woking based team and everything they have achieved with this ambitious project. the handover of the first McLaren P1 is another milestone in our 50 year history, commented Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive Ltd.
The bespoke manufacturing process begins by prepping the full carbon fibre monocoque chassis and one piece MonoCage. In total this weighs less than 200 pounds. Next is the painting process. All 7 panels that piece the P1 together are made of carbon fibre. The clamshells, hood, bumpers, and doors are all hand painted in a dedicated paint shop at the McLaren Technology Centre. The paintwork alone takes 3 days, and all the panels are painted together to ensure flawless quality and color match. Third step is the trim assembly. Within this process are 10 smaller steps that take two technicians a full day to complete each step. Stage 4 is final assembly. Once the car reaches this step it is subject to rigorous testing including track time putting all the major components and computer settings through their paces. Topped off by the McLaren Monsoon Test in which 4,226 gallons of de-ionised recycled water are released onto the car to ensure there are no leaks in any of the seals. After another thorough diagnostics check the P1 is ready for delivery.
When you buy a car, especially a brand new car you want to protect it’s finish and maintain your investment. So when the owner ordered this volcanic yellow P1 he wanted the best in paint protection film, and he wanted it installed before delivery. The owner has prior experience with PaintShield UK and knew there was no better crew for the job so he had the car shipped to Tom at PaintShield 10 days prior to launch for design and installation. Tom and his team went to work installing the best paint protection film on the market, XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing paint protection film.
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Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving.
Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties
Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source.
Not all Patterns are created equal
At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished.
Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision.
You can pick and choose your coverage options.
The excitement for this car is intense. From XBOX 1 to Jay Leno this car will be groundbreaking.