The McLaren P1 has become many things over the past couple months since its unveiling. However, one of those things would be anything but slow. None-the-less, for the awesome specifications and videos we have seen, McLaren has been extremely resistant to release any hardcore numbers of the kind of performance this machine is really capable of.
In December of last year, McLaren was busy playing a Nurburgring lap time game, holding its actual track record, so we were left to guess how fast it actually was around the track. The previous claimed 6 minutes 45 seconds seemed viable, but without confirmation, we wondered if the Porsche 918 was truly unbeatable?
Then, back in February, we discovered that the torque output of the McLaren P1 was 60 lb-ft under what the supercar was capable of. In terms of hard numbers, this meant that its 663 lb-ft of torque, could easily be raised to 723 lb-ft. McLaren directed this torque limiter to protect the dual-clutch trans-axle, which would be hard pressed to hold that much low end grunt over an extended period of time.
In November, we described the Porsche 918 Weissach Edition acceleration to 60 mph as grossly underestimated. We claimed that it should be able to literally destroy the McLaren P1. The 918 came in at 0-60 mph in 2.5-seconds, while McLaren claimed the P1 was somewhere just under 3-seconds. We were a little disappointed—but as has happened before, the manufacturer appears to have been holding out on us... again.
According to the Motor Trend video you are about to watch, the Mclaren P1 is capable of completing a quarter mile in just 9.8-seconds, with a 0-60 mph launch of somewhere in the range of 2.6-seconds. This sounds a heck of a lot better than 'under three'. Keep in mind that these are not official numbers, but it is enough to give us the impression that the P1 continues to be grossly underestimated.
Enjoy some track time (and unofficial acceleration time) with Motor Trend's Carlos Lago on the infamous Top Gear stomping grounds: