By Salma Awwad
Just one of the 20 McLaren P1 cars reserved for the UAE remains unsold ahead of Nov launch
Nineteen of the 20 Formula 1-inspired McLaren P1 cars set to be delivered to the UAE have already been sold ahead of its arrival in November.
Local dealer Al Habtoor Motors has said it is hoping to increase its allocation to cater to the high demand.
Debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, the new McLaren P1 is the first electric hybrid of its kind and only 400 vehicles are being produced by the British carmaker, with just 20 allocated for shipping to the UAE in November.
Only one car remains unsold, despite the car coming with a price tag of around AED4.5m ($1.2m), but Karl Hamer, managing director of Al Habtoor Motors, which has local franchise rights for McLaren, said they are trying to get more vehicles towards the end of the year due to their high demand.
“McLaren is known for its Formula 1 racing. Our first commercial car landed in London on June 2011. The second place it was launched was in Dubai on the Burj Khalifa Boulevard and the third was in Abu Dhabi. Now the Middle East is the number-three seller of McLaren’s worldwide,” Hamer said.
The Formula 1-inspired vehicle features a revolutionary new carbon-fibre MonoCage which forms a complete structure incorporating the vehicle’s roof and its distinctive snorkel air intake - a styling feature inspired by the McLaren F1 road car.
McLaren says that the amount of downforce that the car generates is at similar levels to a GT3 racing car and yet with even greater ground effect. This downforce not only boosts cornering and braking performance, it also helps balance, stability and drivability at all speeds.
Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (217 mph), with the 0-100 km/h standing start acceleration taking less than three seconds .The McLaren P1 will power from rest to 200 km/h in less than seven seconds, and on to 300 km/h in less than 17 seconds – a full five seconds quicker than the McLaren F1.
The P1 uses an innovative IPAS petrol-electric powertrain, comprising a substantially revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, coupled to a single electric motor.
McLaren’s signature active aerodynamics and adjustable suspension, which are both now banned in Formula 1, due to being seen to give a performance advantage, are both included in the new P1.For all the latest car news & reviews from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.