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Spotted In China: McLaren P1 in Purple

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It was a dark and drunk night when I found a McLaren P1 supercar in the Lido area in Beijing, China. It was painted in purple with matte gray alloys and carbon fiber mirrors. License plate is probably too good to be true, six and eight are both lucky numbers in Chinese culture, closely associated with wealth.

When new, the McLaren P1 went for 12.6 million yuan or 2.02 million USD. Lotta money but lotta speed: The P1 powered by a hybrid drivetrain based around a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine with 727hp and 719nm, mated to an electric motor which adds another 176hp and 260nm for a grand total of 903hp and 978nm. Top speed is 349km/h and 0-100 is gone in 2.8 seconds.

The P1 is popular in China. We have a small but famous collection: crashed in Hangzhou, blue in Beijing, black purple in Hangzhou, white in Guangzhou, white in Shanghai, black & yellow in Guangzhou, yellow in Guangzhou, purple in Guangzhou, one completely mad in Guangzhou, and one lime green in Shanghai. That adds up to 11 cars, and I have seen another one in Beijing since, moving the tally to twelve. McLaren only built 375 units.

McLaren badge on a carbon fiber panel.

Race-ready tires! Interior was interesting with the driver’s seat in white black and the passenger seat in black. Got to show ‘m boss!

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