McLaren P1 Electric Car

Melvyn Teillol-Foo

For the kid who has everything

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt announced a business plan called Track 22. McLaren promised to invest over $1 billion into R&D, develop new powertrain technology focused on electricity by 2022 and release 15 new products. Six months later, McLaren released an all-electric car inspired by the legendary P1.  🙂

The battery-powered Mclaren P1TM has everything a supercar should have: instant acceleration, sleek bodywork, butterfly doors, and open-top design. This wee beastie is recommended for wee drivers with a recommended age range between 3 and 6 years.

“Handy if you’ve arrived at the wrong playground,” McLaren wrote in their Press Release.

At an on-the-road price of £375 ($486), this vehicle may break a few piggy banks. The automobile maker claims that it is “the most compact car yet to wear the McLaren badge.” it is only 1.3m long.

New McLaren P1TM Electric Car

P1TM differs from P1 big brother and establishes a number of firsts:

1) It’s the only open-top P1 in existence.
2) It’s the first electric-only McLaren powertrain.
3I It has a central driving position just like the legendary McLaren F1.
4) It’s zero to maximum speed acceleration takes only 2 seconds…..but top speed is only 3 mph!
5) It’s the only McLaren with a remote control so you can drive the car from the comfort of your LA-Z-BOY.
6) It’s the only Mclaren with a built-in sound system
(AlphaLuxe Rumour: It is preloaded with the latest nursery school tunes like “Hickory Dickory Dock”.)


Cabin Space and Equipment

McLaren dihedral doors

The Mclaren dihedral doors open upwards smoothly on gas struts just like the real thing.
The driver’s seat is fixed, firm and functional and perch on it whilst being strapped  down by a two-part harness (no inertia-reel).

The driver’s view out is essentially widescreen and head room is more than ample…er…your head will be above the ‘windscreen’.

McLaren cockpit and seat

All major controls are integrated around the iconic three-spoke McLaren wheel, complete with horn, DRS and IPAS buttons. The cockpit controls include switches for lights, air-con (1-speed fan), three forward speeds, reverse gear, and ‘Keyless Go’ one-button start / stop “ignition”.

Lights are operational at the front and rear.

The rear lamps are of wrap-around LED design like on the big P1.

McLaren P1TM rear LED lights

There are no passenger seats and luggage compartment non-existent, limiting the possibility of carrying any golf bags to the country club.


Instruments and Sound System

There are three illuminated digital panels with correct McLaren font and information hierarchy of the P1 road car. Unfortunately, the display is static and without live data. What do you expect for less than 500 bucks?

Exterior and Chassis

Volcano Yellow

It is only offered in a single color: “Volcano Yellow”.
Lightweight thermoplastics are used in conostruction of the chassis and bodywork. The front axle is reinforced with a metal sub-frame for greater steering precision.


Even the detailed wheels are made of moulded composite materials.

This results in an extremely light vehicle at 18.2kg unladen and dry weight because this McLaren has no oils or coolants. Service and engineering maintenance costs have thus been cut to zero.


Press the starter button and the engine rumbles into ‘life’ through the magic of synthesised sound just like the hybrid engine of the road going P1.

Twin Motor on rear axle

Torque delivery from the rear-axle mounted twin motors is instantaneous with a quiet electric whirr.

With the weight distribution centred over the rear wheels (the driver’s bum is just above them), traction is remarkable.

The Electric Vehicle range limit is indeterminate: it lasted one child for a week with no degradation in performance.



For the kid whose daddy has a big McLaren P1.




Author’s Biography:  Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications.  He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).

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