A successor is coming, but you're going to have to wait.
The McLaren P1 redefined the hypercar and the hybrid car as we know them, melding electric augmentation with a twin-turbocharged V8 and carbon fiber monocoque to create one of the world's most revered hypercars. Production ended in 2015 after 375 road-going versions and 58 P1 GTR track cars were built, but seven years later, the P1 is still able to make headlines. We recently covered a new battery upgrade for P1 owners, but when reaching out to McLaren for clarification, we couldn't help but enquire about a successor. The news is good and bad as a McLaren spokesperson confirmed that a P1 successor is still in the works. The bad news is that it's still several years away.
In a statement to CarBuzz, the McLaren spokesperson confirms, "We have previously said that there will be a successor to the P1, but can't give any specific details beyond it will not be before 2024 at the earliest." While the original plans for a P1 successor have been covered before, a lot has changed since.
McLaren's Track25 plan tipped the 'son of P1' to arrive by the year 2025. But that was before a global pandemic hit, and before a global semiconductor chip crisis delayed the launch of the all-new Artura hybrid. It was also before long-time boss, Mike Flewitt stepped down as company CEO and before McLaren offloaded assets including the McLaren Technology Center in Woking in an effort to build funds for its endeavors.
Despite this, it seems McLaren still wants to deliver on its promise of a successor.
Details aren't exactly abundant, however. Flewitt previously stated in 2018 that the successor wouldn't be an EV but would stick to hybridization, citing that the brand wouldn't be purely EV by then. However, in 2020, Flewitt then said that "it will either be hybridized or an EV." The British automaker has developed a lot of hybrid tech since those early statements, with the Speedtail's tech heavily influencing the P1's new battery upgrade, while the McLaren Artura has become the brand's first mainstream PHEV model.
A fully-electric P1 successor could be the ideal flagship with which to introduce an all-electric platform, just as the P1 was the world's first hybrid hypercar. Mclaren will have its work cut out for it though, given the P1's 903-horsepower output to surpass and the near-2,000-hp outputs on EV hypercars like the Lotus Evija and Rimac Nevera.