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To maintain exclusivity, only 375 will be built. Half of those have been sold already, with some customers buying two.

It is the ‘spiritual successor’ to the three-seater McLaren F1, launched in 1993 with a price tag of £600,000 but which now fetches up to £4million at auction.

Exclusive: Only 375 of the cars are to be built and half of those have been sold already

Exclusive: Only 375 of the cars are to be built and half of those have been sold already

Car-mad comedy actor Rowan Atkinson is expected to be at the head of the queue for the machine, having recently secured a £910,000 insurance pay-out to restore his McLaren F1 after he crashed it.

The P1 is powered by a mid-mounted 3.8litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine developing 727 brake horse-power, which sits behind  the driver and passenger. It is connected to a lightweight 176bhp electric motor, and the company claims that the two work ‘seamlessly’ to keep down emissions.

The total combined power of 903 brake horse-power – linked to a dual clutch seven-speed F1-style racing gearbox – is equivalent to nine Ford Fiestas. The engine set-up promises ‘instantaneous throttle response’, says McLaren.

Lightweight batteries behind the driver store charge generated by the petrol engine but a plug-in charger can also be used to boost energy levels from empty to full in two hours.

As a result the car produces zero emissions when running on electric power only and has a range of 12.5miles at an average city speed of 30mph.

‘That’s more than enough for an owner to enter, for example, a city-centre zero emissions zone, have dinner and return home,’ says McLaren.

Overall, the McLaren P1 emits an average of 200g/km of CO2 – about the same as a Honda Accord 2.4litre family saloon. The rival Bugatti Veyron emits 559g/km of carbon dioxide while the Ferrari 458 averages 307g/km.

Car-mad: Comedy actor Rowan Atkinson is expected to be at the head of the queue for the machine

Car-mad: Comedy actor Rowan Atkinson is expected to be at the head of the queue for the machine

Dashboard: The car is to be launched officially at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5

Dashboard: The car is to be launched officially at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5

Technology: McLaren says the P1 features Formula 1-derived race technology which increases speed and acceleration

Technology: McLaren says the P1 features Formula 1-derived race technology which increases speed and acceleration

Power: The car's 'instant power assist system' propels the car from rest to 190mph in under 17 seconds

Power: The car's 'instant power assist system' propels the car from rest to 190mph in under 17 seconds

Special date: The first deliveries of the car are planned for September 2 to coincide with McLaren's 50th anniversary

Special date: The first deliveries of the car are planned for September 2 to coincide with McLaren's 50th anniversary

The P1 features Formula 1-derived race technology which the company says increases speed and acceleration.

It has an ‘instant power assist system’ that propels the car, rocket-like, from rest to 190mph in under 17 seconds – more than 35 per cent faster than even the F1.

The car will be launched officially at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5, with the first deliveries planned for September 2 to coincide with McLaren’s 50th anniversary.

A company spokesman said: ‘Our goal is to create the best driver’s car in the world on both road and track. A maximum speed which is electronically limited to 217mph should be sufficient for most.’

McLaren's stunning new supercar, the P1 will have a staggering 903bhp

McLaren's stunning new supercar, the P1 will have a staggering 903bhp

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