28 October 2016
Police examine the McLaren P1 after the accident. Photo: Xinhua
Police examine the McLaren P1 after the accident. Photo: Xinhua

McLaren P1 supercar worth over HK$15 mln crashes in mainland

A supercar made by McLaren, a British manufacturer of racing cars and ultra-high-performance luxury sports cars, crashed in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

It is the third crash involving the limited-edition car and the first in China. 

The McLaren P1, which is owned by only 375 of the world’s richest people and costs about HK$15.12 million (US$1.95 million), was being driven on Yiwu’s Guomao Avenue alongside another P1 at about 7 p.m. Tuesday when it suddenly rammed a car in front of it.

The impact damaged the left front side of the supercar and caused its right rear tire to fall off.

Many people gathered around and took pictures of the car after the accident.

The driver escaped injury, and the car was towed away.

With a rear-mounted V8 engine that can produce 903 horsepower, the P1 takes only 2.8 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start and has a cruising speed of 350 km/h.

Would-be Hong Kong owners are out of luck, since the P1 is a left-hand-drive car that can’t be issued a license in the city.

It also happens to be sold out.

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