Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: McLaren | posted December 11, 2015 09:59
McLaren ends production of the P1
The McLaren P1 rides off into the sunset as an iconic vehicle with uncompromised style and performance. The automaker’s decision to end production with the 375th unit brings to a close the era of one of the “most technologically advanced and dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.”
First previewed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the groundbreaking P1 was meant to evoke the passion for design and the thrill of driving and it has been doing that since then.
Production began in 2013 and all units were sold even before their delivery date with the first-ever unit — finished with Ice Silver paintwork and extensive levels of visual carbon fiber — rolling out of production during the 50th anniversary celebration of McLaren in September of that year.
Each unit after that was built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to the exact specification of each owner in order to make sure that no two units were the same.
The 375th unit of the McLaren P1 comes out with a pearlescent orange hue made from a unique tinting process in order to echo the shade of the 64th and final McLaren P1 roadcar with chassis number 075.
“The McLaren P1 has achieved more than we ever expected of it since it was first previewed a little over three years ago, both as a new generation of supercar, and in enhancing the McLaren brand globally. As the direct ancestor to the fabled McLaren F1 — and the first in a new breed of hybrid-powered supercars — it had big shoes to fill, and it has more than succeeded. It has established itself as a true contender, proving to be more than a worthy rival on both road and track against long established rivals. It has done a fantastic job of becoming the halo product for the McLaren Automotive brand as we have grown the business into the three tiered, profitable outfit that we are today,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive.