The McLaren P1
Debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the McLaren P1 is a landmark limited-production plug-in hybrid hypercar produced by British manufacturer McLaren Automotive. Following on from the 12C, McLaren’s first modern supercar, the P1 is considered by many to be the natural successor to the McLaren F1. At the time of the launch, McLaren cited that such cars would only come along as and when step changes in technology made it possible. In the case of the F1 carbon fibre, and hybrid technology in the case of the P1.
The P1 has a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive design that used a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage. Propelled by a 916PS 3.8L V8 hybrid motor, the P1 is capable of covering the sprint to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds and arriving at 186 mph in a staggering 16.5 seconds.
It was the downforce of the car that was the real game-changer. Producing 600 kgs of aerodynamic grip at 150 mph, the car’s active aerodynamics had to back the wings off to avoid damaging the car’s primary structure.
Its main competitors were the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918; the cars becoming known as the holy trinity by the press, resulting in many collectors electing to buy all three.
With only 375 production units having been built the McLaren P1 was without doubt a huge milestone in the McLaren story and thus a highly collectible motorcar.
Toward the end of production, and in response to soaring demand, McLaren recommissioned 14 prototype cars to a saleable standard.
Each prototype was stripped of parts that were worn or obsolete and then sent down the production line for a final time, retaining as a minimum the all important monocell and prototype VIN number.
The selling price for the Prototypes was around £1.25mn each, with most cars entering private collections, unlikely to be seen again.
Fast. Really fast. Mind-blowingly fast.Jeremy Clarkson, TopGear
P1/VP5 spent much of its early life as a prototype test vehicle at proving grounds in both the UK and Spain. During this time it was used for powertrain calibration work, emmissions testing and general mileage acumulation.
In 2014 P1/VP5 hung up its testing boots, and was put to work in the sales and marketing arena. Appearing in many media publications it was shown all over the globe. Its most notable driver during that time was one, Rowan Atkinson CBE, who borrowed the car after he had experienced problems with his own car whilst on a McLaren Owners’ tour.
A full history of the development activities undertaken by VP5 is available upon request.
The rebuild of Validation Prototype 5 (VP5) was specified by its one and only owner in Volcano Yellow – the official launch colour of the P1, along with a black Alcantara interior and yellow Brake Callipers.
Swiss supplied and registered in September 2015, the car has covered a little over 5000 kms since being delivered.
Soon after delivery the owner took advantage of the MSO Carbon Fibre Body upgrade and returned the car to McLaren where a stunning Purple Metallic Tinted Carbon Fibre Body was fitted.
The car has a full-service history, and all factory updates. It is currently clothed in its original yellow bodywork and can be supplied with or without the carbon body which is currently in storage.
The car is available to view, by appointment in Zug, Switzerland
POA (Swiss taxes paid)
Full information on the P1 can be found at McLaren’s website: