McLaren Launches All-Electric P1, 1% of Children Rejoice

Dan Ilika
by Dan Ilika

McLaren has delivered early on its plan to build a pure electric car, announcing a stripped-down P1 that runs on nothing but electrons.

Featuring a central driving position, like the legendary McLaren F1, the new P1 is the smallest car to ever wear a McLaren badge, and goes without the usual comforts associated with the brand, featuring a plastic interior that’s lightweight and easy to clean. Being an electric car, it also misses out on the exhaust note McLaren is known for, something the automaker has combatted with a factory-fitted audio system.

Bathed in Volcano Yellow, the only color available, the new P1 is a fixed roadster, and sports McLaren’s signature butterfly doors.

Featuring a three-speed transmission, the electric McLaren P1 will hit its maximum speed in just two seconds. Like all McLarens, this electrified P1 has been built for a very select clientele; drivers over the age of 6 need not apply.

Set to go on sale this fall, the car is also the cheapest in McLaren’s lineup, with an MSRP of about $500.

Dan Ilika
Dan Ilika

Dan is's Road Test Editor, a long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan, and a car guy since childhood. He enjoys long walks on the beach and long drives just about anywhere the road, track or trail will take him. You'll see him driving around evaluating cars and in front of a camera talking about them. Dan is a member of the World Car of the Year jury.

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