McLaren P1 to fetch $2.4 million on LaSource

Schenelle Dsouza 
The McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar was one of McLaren’s best ever. In a twist of fate, UK automobile magazine LaSource recently unveiled a rare McLaren P1 prototype in a striking purple hue, earlier this month.
McLaren P1 Prototype VP5
Photo Courtesy: LaSource
First appearance 
The McLaren P1 made its debut back in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show. Produced by British manufacturer McLaren Automotive, the car was a landmark limited-production plug-in hybrid hypercar and was considered to be a 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; hybrid technology in the case of the P1 model.
The P1 went on sale in the fall of 2013, staged with a price tag of USD 1.5 million selling out in less than a month. The McLaren P1 was considered to be a huge milestone for McLaren considering there were only 375 productions built.
McLaren P1 Prototype VP5
Photo Courtesy: LaSource
The P1 has a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive design with a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage. Under the hood, the car was powered by a 916PS 3.8L V8 hybrid motor, capable of covering a 0-62 mph sprint in just 2.8 seconds.
Validation Prototype 5 
The new prototype called the Validation Prototype 5 or VP5 was commissioned by the car’s owner, given a cost of USD 1.8 million. The car originally came in a Volcano Yellow hue, which was the official launch colour of the P1 in 2012, with an all-black Alcantara interior. Post delivery, the owner decided to upgrade the car with a carbon-fibre body in a purple metallic hue.
Like the original, the P1 prototype sports a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V-8 boasting 727hp, along with an electric motor producing 177hp. In all, the rear-wheel-drive ride can churn out 903hp and 980Nm of torque. With a top speed of 217 mph, the P1 can go from 0-60mph in a matter of 2.7 seconds.
McLaren P1 Prototype VP5
Photo Courtesy: LaSource
Offered for sale on LaSource, the VP5 is presented in pristine condition along with a full history of service and factory updates. According to LaSource’s Managing Director James Banks, the car is expected to fetch at least USD 2.4 million.
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