Well guys, you knew it was going to happen. Just like MJ passing the baton to…well…we won’t bring up that argument here. But all the greats have to be surpassed at some point, that’s just how things work.
That’s kind of what’s going on here. We have the legend, the “OG Hypercar” if you will, the Bugatti Veyron. The specs this thing throws down are still absolutely nuts. The original Veyron claimed 1,001 horsepower, which in itself was a major technical achievement. Its engine, boasting 16 cylinders, was essentially formed by joining two V8 engines at the crank. The car could hit 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds, and 150 mph in 9.8 seconds. Getting to 200 mph took 18.3 seconds, and 250 mph takes 42.3 seconds. But then again, this is grandpa we’re talking about…
So, on to the new guy, the Mclaren P1, the newest breed of hypercar. The basic engine architecture is the same as that of the 650S, a 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8, but it is radically strengthened with a new casting to incorporate the electric motor. New turbos run 2.4-bar of boost (a 650S runs 2.2-Bar) and the internal combustion element of the P1 generates a startling 727bhp at 7300rpm and 531lb ft at 4000rpm. The single electric motor produces 176bhp for a total of 903bhp and 664lb ft. McLaren claim 0-62mph in 2.8-seconds, 0-124mph in 6.8-seconds and a governed top speed of 217mph.
But, none of that matters…what matters is how these two cars put all those numbers to the pavement. Check it out below.