McLaren P1 production begins

8 Oct, 2013 11:49am Tom Phillips

First of 375 McLaren P1 production models built at Woking factory

Production of the McLaren P1 has begun at the £40million McLaren Production Centre at its Woking HQ. The P1 is built on a bespoke line in the new factory, alongside all versions of the 12C and 12C Spider.

Just 375 examples of the P1 will be made, making it the rarest of the current breed of hybrid hypercars – Ferrari has sold out its production run of 499 LaFerraris, while Porsche plans to build 918 versions of its 918 Spyder.

McLaren has confirmed that most of its P1s are sold, with all cars allocated to the US, Asia and Middle East accounted for – including one bought by US TV host Jay Leno, who reviewed the P1 for us earlier in the year.

Just a handful of the left-hand drive only supercars remain still available in Europe, priced from £866,000, although McLaren has confirmed that many buyers opt to personalise their cars in some way, through McLaren Special Operations, which can push the price up into seven figures.

All P1s feature a 727bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, supplemented by a 176bhp electric motor. This gives a 0-62mph time of less than three seconds and a 217mph top speed, but also the potential for over 30mpg and CO2 emissions of 199g/km.