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
The 918 is the halfway house between LaFerrari's you-want-it-you-get-it philosophy and the P1's configure-everything approach. By twiddling the nondescript dial on the bottom right of the Porsche's wheel, you can slip from electric mode (for silent cruising), through hybrid mode (where the V8 will activate as required by the throttle input), into sport mode (engine on all the time) and then full-fat race mode (everything-everything). The LaFerrari doesn't bother with such options.
The P1, meanwhile, makes much more of a song and dance of engaging max-attack mode, as we discovered after commandeering Lydd airfield in Kent to find just what the McLaren could do with a dry, empty runway. And it can do quite a lot, as it turns out.