I’ve been privileged to have experienced some of the best supercars around, so when I pass by one of the road, I usually don’t flinch. Yesterday was an exception; as I was headed out for dinner, I saw a low, sleek silhouette with boomerang headlights. I knew it was Mac, I just wasn’t quite sure which one. So when my brain finally registered, I had to get my gf (yes, who was driving!) to make a u-turn and follow!
Clearly, this is not your average Mac. This is the McLaren P1 — a plug-in hybrid that is powered by the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that churns out a lofty 727bhp/719Nm. Add the outputs from the electric motors, and final power figures stand at a massive 903bhp/978Nm. Just how does this translate into real world? Well, the zerotohundred figures are 2.8 seconds, and while that is impressive, modern hypercars have actually moved on, and the P1 does the zerotwohundred sprint in just 6.8 seconds. To put that in perspective, that’s less time that it takes for my hot-hatch to reach 100km/h!
For those who have some idea with regards to the supercar scene in Malaysia, well- you already know who the owner is. Without a doubt, this is one of the humblest Tan Sris around, who is always happy to share some bits and bobs of his experiences in the vast number of cars. Think big: Pagani Zonda, Porsche Carrera GT, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Reventon – he has (or had it) at some point in time.In fact, he recently also took delivery of a Porsche 918 as well as a Ferrari 458 Speciale.
But the icing on the cake must surely be the simple fact that this man drives his cars. They’re not garage queens- always out getting sun. For just that alone, I have massive respect for The Man. Catching up with him, I ask the all time important question: which one would he pick between the two? P1 or 918?
His answer is vague; he replies that both cars are very different. The P1 is more monstrous on the road, hard to handle, and takes more time to get used to. The 918 is slightly heavier, but also easier to handle, and very very fast around Sepang. On the long straight, he tells me the 918 passed 270km/h very recently. And what of the P1? Well, until he gets familiarized with exactly how he drives, he doesn’t want risking a very expensive lesson.
As he rolled away, I wondered to myself; when will I run into his 918? Surely soon…