122 McLaren P1 owners in the United States will have to bring their hypercars back to dealers for fitting a redesigned hood latch.
Bad news if you are the owner of one the 375 examples of the 916 PS hybrid supercar McLaren P1. All that power comes with some disadvantages, as the car’s hood might open when you check if the P1 can really hit 100 km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds. Not all units have this temper though. McLaren told federal safety regulators it received a report in December from a customer that the hood of his car opened while the vehicle was moving. After investigating the complaint, the company announced it has to recall certain model year 2014-2015 P1s build between March 1, 2013, and October 31, 2015.
“The affected vehicles have a secondary hood latch that may not properly re-engage,” said NHTSA in its recall summary. “As a result, if the primary latch is released inadvertently, the hood may open while the vehicle is moving.” McLaren will notify owners, and dealers will replace the hood latch with a newly-designed one. The recall is expected to begin in January 2016. If you are one of the “unfortunate” owners, you may contact McLaren customer service at 1-646-429-8916.
As a reminder of the performances of this limited edition hypercar, the P1 is propelled from a standstill to 100 km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds, with 200 km/h reached in 6.8 seconds and 300 km/h achieved in just 16.5 seconds – a full five seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. The powertrain comprises a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine with a lightweight electric motor which, together, produces 916PS (903 bhp) at 7,300rpm, and 900 Nm (664lb ft) of torque.