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This man commutes in a McLaren P1. Here’s his story

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Published: 07 Jul 2016

If you work in a busy city, there are usually a number of ways to travel between your home and the office. Options include by train, by bus, by bike, and of course, by car.

The latter method is why car manufacturers have created a plethora of vehicles tailor made for this exact function. Cars like the Fiat 500, the Toyota Aygo, and, um, the McLaren P1.

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Yep. If you thought the P1 was purely for track days and weekend country jaunts, then you were sadly mistaken. The chap featured in the video above is Go Hiramatsu, a 43-year-old lawyer who lives on the outskirts of Tokyo with his wife and two children.

He works Monday-Friday in the more central Ginza; a commute which he makes every day in a McLaren P1 that he bought last year.

“Two years ago I visited the McLaren factory,” he explains. “It’s like a museum of modern art. I found this most impressive. In addition to this I was struck by the greenery of the London parks – British Green. This matches perfectly the green I chose for my McLaren P1.”

When he’s not moving to and from work, Hiramatsu likes to unleash his pride of joy on the racetrack, and says he once managed 188mph at the Fuji Speedway.

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Other destinations include the Hakone Turnpike – Japan’s answer to the Nürburgring – and supercar gatherings at Daikoku Pier in Yokohama.

“A feature of the McLaren P1 is the sense of the combination of the noise of the petrol engine and the battery when I put my foot down,” he continues. “It’s a sound that gives a great feeling. Really, you feel through your body that you are running on electricity and petrol.”

Another benefit of using a P1 to get around in is that he never has to annoy his neighbours with the car’s 727bhp twin-turbo V8.

“On the way home, about 300 metres before I arrive, the neighbourhood is entirely residential and I would rather not create a disturbance, so that’s when I push the electric mode button,” says Hiramatsu. “The noise immediately drops off and it taxis in as a completely electric car. So I pull in from the narrow roads surrounding the house and glide quietly into the garage.”

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