McLaren's P1 ride on is the perfect way to introduce kids to the sports car brand. At $486, it's a lot less expensive than the real thing, too.
McLaren will debut a very compact, electric hypercar with an open roof in late October. However, it won't be the brand's EV project or the potentially failed undertaking with Apple. Instead, it'll be an P1 ride on for enthusiastic drivers who are younger than six. The toy will be available from McLaren dealers first and will cost 375 pounds ($486 at current conversion rates). It'll come to the United States in Q1 2017, and "pricing is also still TBD, but should be in line with the U.K," McLaren spokesperson JP Canton told Motor1.
The lucky kids who get one of these have special bragging rights about driving a P1 roadster, which isn't available to their wealthy parents. Despite losing the roof, the toy's designers are able to maintain the full-size version's dihedral doors.
This diminutive P1 can attain its top speed even more quickly than the real thing because the ride on needs two seconds to reach three miles per hour (five kilometers per hour). The authentic McLaren would be nearing 62 mph (100 kph) at that point and wouldn't even be close to the 217-mph (350-kph) maximum velocity. From behind the wheel, the little racer can shift through a three-speed transmission, and there's reverse for when the kid runs out of road.
This vehicle's tiny driver doesn't get a grippy racing seat like a real P1, but this toy comes with an amenity lacking from many production cars just a few years ago. There's an MP3 player and stereo system in onboard, and it is "helpfully already pre-programmed with every popular nursery rhyme," McLaren boasts. An on/off switch on the back lets parents decide when it's time for their young Fernando Alonso-wannabe to go to bed.
Adults can still look forward to McLaren's high-performance EV around 2022. A rumor claims the company is aiming for performance on par with the 675LT. It would be capable of 30-minute stints on track, and recharge in a half-hour for another run, so that drivers could get back on the circuit quickly.