“Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”

When Bruce McLaren uttered that phrase, it’s easy to assume he had no idea what his company would be able to achieve by the time its 50th rolled around.

But since it announced a new range-topping supercar (the perfect 50th-birthday gift), we’ve all been wondering what numbers McLaren would achieve.

Well, the long-awaited P1 figures are in, and they’re spectacular: 903 horsepower.

A 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 joined with a performance hybrid electrical system. And in case you missed it: 903 horsepower.

Speeding up just as fast as it can slow down, the P1 can get from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and another 2.8 to get back to zero.

If you’d rather keep your foot on the gas pedal (the suggested choice), the P1 will hit 120 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is before your neighbor’s Volvo wagon will hit 60.

It’ll then continue on to an electronically limited top speed of 217 mph.

With performance figures that will physically take your breath away and a $1.15 million price tag that’ll do the same, we’re clearly witnessing the pinnacle of automotive innovation…


–Bryan Campbell