Ferrari vs. McLaren: F/1 Giants Take Their Fight to the Streets

  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
    Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
    Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © Ferrari media service/Giorgio Benvenuti
    Photo © Ferrari media service/Giorgio Benvenuti
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
    Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
    Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © Oli Tennent
    Photo © Oli Tennent
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
    Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
    Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
    Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © Ferrari media service/Giorgio Benvenuti
    Photo © Ferrari media service/Giorgio Benvenuti
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © Ferrari media service/Giorgio Benvenuti
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © Oli Tennent
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © McLaren Automotive Limited
  • Photo © Ferrari media service/Giorgio Benvenuti

For years, Ferrari and McLaren have battled each other in the rarefied air of Formula 1 racing, but increasingly they have taken that competition to the street, now that the U.K.-based McLaren has begun a serious road-car program. The ultimate expression of this competition came at the Geneva Motor Show, where Ferrari unveiled its replacement for the Enzo, called the LaFerrari, and McLaren brought a production-ready version of its supercar, the P1, which made its concept debut in the fall at Paris. It is going to be quite a dogfight, as both cars possess incredible performance, outrageous styling, and nose-bleedingly high sticker prices.

The sexy LaFerrari boasts 963 hp from a 6.3-liter V-12 engine backed by a kinetic-energy recovery system inspired by the one used in the Italian automaker’s F/1 program. Top speed is said to be over 217 mph, and acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes less than 3 seconds. Only 499 will be built. Ferrari has yet to announce a price, but it is likely that buyers will have the privilege of paying over $1 million to get one.

Equally exotic in its styling, the McLaren P1 supercar also put in an appearance in production trim, showing off its interior for the first time. Like its rival, the P1 is a hybrid; it uses an electric motor and a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 to produce a combined 903 hp. Unlike the Ferrari, the McLaren is a more traditional hybrid that uses a battery to power its auxiliary motor rather than relying on recapturing kinetic energy. The advantage is that this allows the P1 to be driven in pure electric mode for short distances.

It has similar performance specs—a top speed of 217 mph and acceleration from zero to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds. The price is about $1.15 million in the United States. (Ferrari North America, www.ferrariusa.com; McLaren Automotive, www.mclarenautomotive.com)

From Around the Web...
The premier tire manufacturer unveils a $10 million display of supercars…
 Photo by Darin Schnabel ©RM Sotheby's
A 1939 Alfa Romeo Touring Spider and a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta are priced in the millions…
Jaguar joins the luxury crossover frenzy with the all-new 2017 F-Pace, and we take it for a spin…
Independent designer Paul Breshke reveals his vision for the marque’s next star vehicle…
A 600 hp river monster, the latest themed SUV from Bentley is no fish story…
Photo by Jun Song
The luxury marque and hotel brand team up to offer exclusive driving experiences around the world…
The $244,500 SUV displays design elements inspired by the British gun maker's bespoke firearms...
Collectively, these cars comprise the legacy and legend of the master marque…
Able to travel 19 mph, the cutting-edge cart features touchscreen controls and a refrigerator…
The meticulously maintained roadster is one of only 25 released that year...