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Driving a Hyper Car Everyday: McLaren P1 Go Hiramatsu

Is possible to use a hyper car every day from home to work? Yes, it is. The solution, you buy a McLaren P1. Drive it everyday. Drive home. Drive to work! Despite my all efforts to influence you, I don’t think you consider this as a real possibility. Commuting with a hyper car everyday is like running the 1500 metres at the Olympics in a pair of high heels. Despite this awkward example, Go Hiramatsu from Japan commutes daily in his McLaren P1.

What ever you do with your daily commute, Go Hiramatsu does the same with a McLaren P1! Honestly, that’s the point of owing a hyper car. If you can’t use it for your commute, why did you buy it! The good thing about the P1 is that it can be driven by electric power. So, you will not be wrestling with the exhaust noise all the time.

The other advantage is the ergonomics of the interior. P1 is really designed to be driven everyday. Even though the seating position is quite low for a lower centre of gravity, the comfort level and the ergonomics are perfect. Thanks to its suspension system, P1 is not harsh on you when it comes to the daily commute. However, there is no Apple Car Play function, no extensive driving assistance systems and the boot space is very limited. If you can cope with these, you can commute in a hyper car!

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McLaren P1 GTR at Autosport International 2016

I managed to spot the legendary and very rare McLaren P1 GTR at Autosport International 2016 (NEC, Birmingham). I will not talk too much.

Before the photos here are some facts; McLaren P1 GTR can be bought only by the existing P1 owners, both P1 and P1 GTR are sold out, P1 GTR generate 1000 HP, ERS-style push-to-pass system and it is fast, really fast!

 

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 GTR Autosport 2016

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Autosport International 2016 Autocar McLaren P1

Today at Autosport International 2016, I spotted the McLaren P1 at the Autocar stand. Many times, I blogged about the McLaren P1. So there is no need to repeat the same words. However, I want to give you a brief summary of the P1;

2.8 seconds to 100km/h
6.8 seconds to 200km/h
350km/h top speed
v8 3.8-lt twin turbo engine
737 HP from the petrol engine
179 HP from the electric motors
Total output of 916 HP
Active aerodynamics
Full carbon-fibre body
Design by Frank Stephenson

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

McLaren P1 Autosport 2016

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McLaren P1 | London | Canon 24mm f 2.8 Lens

Last week, I visited McLaren’s London dealer at Knightsbridge, London. I was very lucky to spot the McLaren P1! Actually, it was recently sold to a customer and was waiting for delivery or customer pick-up. Also, it was a great opportunity to try the Canon 24 mm f 2.8 wide angle fixed lens. I am also using a 50 mm f 1.8 lens, but I was experiencing problems with the 50 mm due to its narrow angle. I hope the 24 mm does a better job!

What are the McLaren P1’s technical details? It is really fast! How does it it feel to drive? I really don’t know, you may ask Frank Stephenson, he designed the P1. However, I am sure the P1 would offer you a very unique driving experience; it has lots of settings for different road and driving conditions. In addition, when you sit inside the P1, it feels like you are inside a jet fighter, and the glass roof makes the interior seem more spacious.

The P1 is a great car to look at, and I am sure it is a great car to drive. However, it is not available anymore; they are all sold. In addition, it looks like a spaceship!

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Pebble Beach 2014 | Photos of McLaren

If you couldn’t make it to Pebble Beach this year, I will be posting the all photos from the exquisite event. And starting with McLaren! McLaren showed its latest car P1 GTR and it was followed by 650S Sprint and 650S Spyder!

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Bugatti Veyron vs. McLaren P1 in Knightsbridge (SW1) London

The ultimate comparison! Bugatti Veyron (1200 HP) vs. McLaren P1! Who is the winner? Actually, none of them is the winner, because they were not moving to anywhere. I took these photos in Knightsbridge, London. In terms of postcode, SW1! SW1 means, I am very very very rich but you are not! In London, postcodes rules!
Actually, it was an epic and unique moment in London. I had the chance to see two super cars, Bugatti Veyron with 1200 HP and McLaren P1 with 903 HP. Okay, Bugatti has more horsepower but McLaren is really light 1.3-tonne only!
I really love both of these cars and had to sit inside. The excitement of sitting inside a car like this, literally you are sitting inside more than one-million euro. Really unique feeling but don’t try with real money.
And my favourite is McLaren P1, because my friend designed it. Frank Stephenson. And P1 is not available anymore and very few Bugattis are left!
By the way, the Mercedes S500 was really a high spec model but wrong time and wrong place, sorry Mercedes :(

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Jay Leno Shows His McLaren P1

Jay Leno shows his McLaren P1 on his channel. He received the first McLaren P1 in USA and immediately released a half an hour video. 
I am not a fan of speed and most of the time bored of driving. Even though, I drove many engaging cars, so I know the feeling but I find it boring to drive. 
However, Jay Leno changed my mind. The way he represents the McLaren P1 motivated me to drive it. However, P1 is not available your closet car dealer and probably they don’t have any test drive cars available. 
The main reason I liked the way Jay Leno defines the P1, is the combination of electric motor and internal combustion engine. Personally, I found the exhaust noise a bit quite annoying. I can’t bare the Ferrari’s I am a Formula 1 mood. But if you wish to own a super car, you have to bear the noise. 
However, McLaren managed to harmonise the beauty of the electric motor with the internal combustion engine. So you can drive very silently at city centre and enjoy the engine noise at the highway. 
And the best thing Jay mentioned about the McLaren P1 is the feeling of enjoyment at reasonable speeds. Unlike many other cars, you don’t have to risk your own life and others whilst reaching a driving experience.
Lastly, Jay Leno explains why the McLaren P1 unleashes fire from the exhaust. McLaren P1 is designed by Frank Stephenson, I wish to say it because you google it :)
Anyway, you can find more at the video. Actually, I want one. I love the electric powered super silent super cars. They are like stealth planes.
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How It Feels to Own a McLaren P1? By Jay Leno

How it feels to own a McLaren P1? I don’t think that many of you thought about this but I am sure some of you really wonder the ownership of a super car like a P1. And when it comes to ownership of super cars, there is not better address than Jay Leno. I saw P1 in real life, it looks way better than the photographs.

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McLaren P1 vs. Ferrari LaFerrari vs. Porsche 918 Spyder Specs

McLaren P1 vs. Ferrari LaFerrari vs. Porsche 918 Spyder. The most important question of the world! Okay, I know there are more important issues than comparing €1-million cars. But, the last time I saw this competition, there was no iPhone and Nokia was the leader of the market and Kate Upton was drinking her milk before sleeping. I mean the year, 2004! Ferrari Enzo vs. Mercedes McLaren SLR vs. Porsche Carrera GT. 
And during last one decade, we didn’t see any exciting cars like these. We had ordinary cars, except Bugatti Veyron and Pagani. As they are living on a different planet. I really love the competition between Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren. Which is my favourite? All of them :) 
But I will end up with a BMW i3, because it is cheaper to run. So, I have the words to compare these cars but, lack of the imagination to own one of them. Just compare the specs and decide which is your best.
Keep in mind, Porsche 918 Spyder is exempt from London congestion charge.


McLaren P1
Ferrari LaFerrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
Price
£866,000
£1.11-million
£643,000
Production
375
499
918
Engine
6.3-lt V12
3.8-lt V6 twin turbo
4.6-V8
Power / Torque
737 HP / 720 Nm
800 HP / 700 Nm
608 HP / 528 Nm
Electric Motor
179 HP / 260 Nm
163 HP / 270 Nm
281 HP / n/a
Total Power
916 HP / 900 Nm
963 HP / 970 Nm
887 HP / 1281 Nm
Gearbox
7-speed twin clutch
7-speed twin clutch
7-speed twin clutch (PDK)
Maximum rpm
> 7500
9250
9150
Weight
1395 kg
1255 kg
1685 kg
CO2 (No one really cares)
< 200 g/km
300 g/km
70 g/km
0-100 km/h
2.8 seconds
< 3 seconds
2.8 seconds
0-200 km/h
6.8 seconds
< 7 seconds
7.7 seconds
0-300 km/h
16.5 seconds
< 15 seconds
22 seconds
Maximum Speed
350 km/h
> 350 km/h
> 340 km/h


 

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McLaren P1 with Window-Shaped Carbon Fibre?

McLaren P1 with window-shaped carbon fibre panel designed by Frank Stephenson. This topic was raised by the Jalopnik. I can understand the reason why they highlighted this topic, they assumed that carbon fibre panel was designed to look like a window, because designer wanted to do so. And it does not have any function at all. 
I know Frank for few years and you may think that I will be biased on this article however, I won’t be. I can say one for sure! If Frank designs anything on a vehicle, there is a solid reason for it. In other words, Frank can proof the reason of that design item. He will never ever design something a car that does not have any function. And the carbon fibre panel on McLaren P1 leads to an air intake. So, there is a reason for the carbon fibre panel.
I assume Jalopnik did not know this design philosophy and misinterpreted his design. 

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McLaren