McLaren's First Electric Car Might be a Bit Small for the Average Driver

By Tom Pritchard on at

British car manufacturer McLaren has been talking about developing an electric car for some time, and now it's finally unveiled its first offering: the P1TM. It's, erm, a little bit smaller than most people would have liked.

It's a toy designed for kids, and it only has a top speed of three miles an hour. It's a bit odd for such a big company to focus on kids, but at least this car isn't going to require a serious finance deal to purchase. It also has a built-in sound system, lights, air-con, a one-button ignition switch, along with three speeds and a reverse gear.

This is how McLaren described the car in a press release:

Firstly, it has a central driving position, just like the iconic McLaren F1.  Then secondly, the young will be able to experience what adults never could: an open-top McLaren P1™.  Yet cleverly the design still retains McLaren’s signature dihedral doors.  And like every McLaren, its acceleration is startling.  The zero to maximum speed dash takes just two seconds.

0-3 in two seconds. That's absolutely thrilling acceleration.

At £375, it's only slightly more expensive than buying your child a games console. Plus, unlike the PS4, they have to go outside if they want to play with it. It's only available in a single colour, though, known as 'Volcano Yellow'.

So if you're stuck for present ideas this Christmas, try getting your child this. It's never too early to start earning that no-claims bonus. [McLaren via The Verge]