The McLaren P1 adopts twin power to deliver phenomenal torque, instantly

12th February 2013

The McLaren P1™ will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants, offering the optimum mix of superb throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. The substantially revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and a highly effective electric motor, developed in house by McLaren, give a combined output of 916PS and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm.

To optimise efficiency of the petrol engine in the McLaren P1™, extensive testing and development work has always been carried out with our technology partner Mobil 1 on lubrication and hydraulic fluids.

The instant response of the unique electric motor, developed in house by McLaren Electronics, provides a sharper throttle response, and the enhanced air-charging system enables the McLaren P1™ to have more top-end power – the perfect combination for high performance.

The electric motor is mounted directly onto the engine, and all drive is channelled through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox to drive the rear wheels. Thus, the electric motor and 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine work seamlessly together, providing more than just added ultimate power and torque.


The McLaren P1™can be driven in a variety of modes, powered by the engine and electric motor together, or solely by the electric motor. In E-mode, the McLaren P1™ can travel more than 10km with electric-only power – enough for most city journeys.

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