LaFerrari vs McLaren P1 vs Porsche 918
Only a handful of people have driven all three of these incredible hybrid-hypercars. Charlie Turner is one of the lucky few
Posted: 02 May 2014
TG was first to deliver the verdict on the Son Of F1 late last year, when Jeremy was handed the P1 keys in a very wet Belgium. Following the boss's time with the car, Associate Editor Tom Ford and I were tasked with delivering the uber-McLaren back from Spa to Woking. What instantly became clear on that journey was that the P1 heralded a new era in performance. It took what we knew about going fast, ripped it into tiny pieces and rewrote it afresh.
Even so, on the long journey back, Tom and I never grew tired of pressing the e-drive mode and cruising silently with only tyre and wind noise for company. Both the 918 and P1 are plug-in hybrids and both can waft in eerie, electric-only calm down the motorway.
LaFerrari, in keeping with Maranello's faster-everywhere philosophy, cannot be plugged into the wall, and refuses to go anywhere silently. Instead the electric power is deployed in conjunction with the V12 the whole time, with the sole aim of making a very fast car even faster.
That long journey in the P1 demonstrated that the ultimate McLaren had lost none of the ride quality or ease of drivability demonstrated by its little brother 12C. Similarly, LaFerrari's ability to soak up the worst that Italy's buckled Strada Provinciale could throw at it was equally impressive, the Ferrari slipping over, rather than crashing across, a sinuous mountain road.