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Video: McLaren’s open-top, all-electric P1… for kids

New P1TM features a central seating position, three gears and a top speed of... three!

Published: 23 Nov 2016

For a car company with less than eight years of experience building road cars, McLaren is currently knocking them out at quite the rate.

Good ones at that. Last year, it gave us the 570S, the 675LT and the P1 GTR. Since then, they’ve added the 540S, 675LT Spider, 570 GT and other limited-run specials like the MSO HS, and a P1-inspired Long Tail. Now it’s gone and added another: the McLaren P1TM.

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It’s an all-new entry-level, open-top all-electric variant of the 903bhp P1 hypercar… for kids. Yep, it’s a diddy toy but one us overgrown man-children want to try and ride imminently.

We’re told it’s targeted at people under the age of six. But we’re willing to risk DVT to have a go. Because just look at it. Zero to three miles per hour? Two seconds. That’s via instant electrical torque and three forward gears. And yes, that’s it’s limit. But it does also have reverse. Reverse!

There are mod-cons, too. With the press of a handy, a one-button stop/start function (switch, to you and I) the P1 automatically activates the lights and ‘air-conditioning’ unit. There’s also an MP3 player and audio system. Swish.

Unfortunately, even MSO won’t pimp this one out for you and there’s only one colour available: Volcano Yellow. But if you’re six years old, that doesn’t matter. Because when you’re six years old yellow is the best colour in the world.

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Fancy it? Well, it’ll £375. Which, compared to the actual full-scale P1, is a steal. No, really. It equates to £125 per mile an hour of potential top speed. Which is a shed load cheaper than the £3,972 of the P1. See, Top Gear maths prevails again.

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