There are those lucky occasions in life where you stumble upon marvellous things completely by chance.
The McLaren P1, which challenges Porsche’s 918 Spyder and the LaFerrari for hypercar supremacy, runs a 3.8-litre turbocharged V8 with 727bhp… but you likely know all the technical stuff already. I still can’t get my head around the fact that its electric motor makes 176bhp. That is still six brake horsepower more than my petrol-powered 320i can muster. Pretty much the only thing that these two share is the fact that they are different shades of blue.
Bundling home from uni, I spotted this gorgeous coloured P1 parked at the side of the road only a couple of streets away from my home. The photo above wasn’t organised; I just emergency-stopped my car in the middle of a quiet residential street to get my shot. The owners were very chatty and keen to talk about their new car, as the P1 will be joining an impressive fleet (highlights of which include a Ferrari Enzo and F40, Ferrari Dino, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and Nissan GT-R). As we had a mutual friend, it was refreshing to hear about their plans with the car – as I type this, the owners have visited Spa-Francorchamps for a Pure McLaren trackday.
Despite not being much of a McLaren man, I was left slack-jawed at the beauty of the car’s stylistic features. Everything was carbon fibre. I’d love to say to you that this was my first ever experience of a P1, but as attentive readers may have noticed, I was very lucky in February 2014 too.
Keep your eyes open at all times; you never know when you might spot a diamond in the rough.