McLaren is billing the new P1 as the “ultimate supercar,” a claim the folks from Ferrari and Lamborghini might protest. But it’s the closest we’ve yet seen to the legendary McLaren F1 of more than a decade past – and its rollout at the Paris Motor Show generated more excitement than just about any other introduction at the biennial show.
Since its founding as a race team, McLaren has never been anything but ambitious – and its success on the Formula One track is proof positive of its capabilities, underscored Chairman Ron Dennis, who declared, “”The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,” during the well-attended unveiling at the Mondial de l’Automobile.
Like rival British sports carmaker Lotus, McLaren has laid out an ambitious target – in this case, rolling out a new model every year. In McLaren’s case, it’s delivering. The P1 will be its third new offering starting with the MP4-12C and the newer convertible version of that 2-seat supercar.