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Friday, December 11, 2015

McLaren Officially Ends Production of the P1 Hypercar

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As with all good things, they must come to an end, and according to McLaren, the production of the P1 hybrid hypercar has finally come to a close. It has taken McLaren two years to finish all 375 cars it slated for production, and in that time, the P1 has solidified its place in the history books.
 
McLaren stated that “the groundbreaking model was designed with one key goal: to be the best driver’s car on road and track.”  In its short history, it’s done just that. Every auto news outlet in the world has heaped praise on the million-dollar hypercar. However, it’s time has finished, yet no one should be sad about the P1’s death, because McLaren’s just warming up.


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McLaren currently have a tiered lineup. The 570S and its variants represent the Sport Series, or the entry level McLarens. The Super Series is comprised of the 675LT and its variants. The P1 was the first in McLaren’s Ultimate Series cars, something that will continue into the future.
 
Mike Flewitt, McLaren’s Chief Executive Officer had this to say on the future of the Ultimate Series, “We are in the final stages of production for the McLaren P1 GTR, with the last car due to complete build in the coming weeks.

The McLaren P1 has already established itself as an icon and any car that is to continue the lineage of the Ultimate Series will need to be a worthy successor – a significant step change in technology or performance is required to ensure this is the case. The future is undecided at this stage, which is an exciting proposition.”



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We’re still quite a ways from McLaren showing its next Ultimate Series car, and is probably too soon to start speculating. However, we can’t help ourselves.

The future for McLaren is one where Bugatti and Koenigsegg are right on McLaren’s heals. The company will need to push the envelope further than ever before in order to stay on top. What will McLaren concoct? Will it have three seats like the F1? Will it have a larger electric drivetrain and power the front wheels? Will McLaren strap hybrid rockets to the rear of the car and wings? One can only hope.