While the McLaren P1 is an incredibly capable hypercar, it still needs to be plugged in like any other electric vehicle in the world. Since fast charging technology did not exist when the P1 was launched, the McLaren requires a slow charge to charge its battery slowly and safely. In his latest video, California real estate mogul and car enthusiast Manny Khoshbin takes us behind the scenes of his personal McLaren P1.
After having trouble keeping the hybrid’s battery charged, Khoshbin called McLaren support to diagnose the problem. After some deliberation, the problem appeared to be a faulty charging unit. Until a new charger could be shipped, McLaren recommended Khoshbin drive the vehicle at least once a week to keep the battery properly charged.
After a quick lunch trip to recharge him and the car, Khoshbin’s cameraman suggests that they see how fast the P1 can run at 60 mph (96 kph) in fully electric mode. Spoiler alert: Not Tesla while using only the electric powertrain, as the silent sprint at 60 took a lousy ten seconds. To offer some perspective, with the electric motors working with the vehicle’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine, the P1 is able to complete the same sprint in about 2.8 seconds.
While yes, that is a bleak result, it’s important to note that the P1 wasn’t designed to only work in E-mode. The car is capable of traveling just over six miles in electric mode from a full charge. The P1 also features the first version of performance-hybrid tech where it was seen as more of an economically friendly way to add power. That said, we’ve seen incredible progress in hybrid technology from the introduction of the P1 with vehicles like the Polestar 1 being capable of just under 80 miles (125 kilometers) in all-electric mode.