While we respect the McLaren P1’s mind-bending performance, we respect this owner even more. Go Hiramatsu is a lawyer who lives in Tokyo, one of the world’s busiest and largest cities. Unlike most people in Tokyo, who make use of the city’s highly efficient public transportation to travel to and from work, Mr. Hiramatsu drives to his office in the heart of Tokyo on a daily basis. And his ride for the daily commute? His own British Green McLaren P1.
Many would think the McLaren P1 might be a little too powerful for the busy streets of Tokyo, but for Hiramatsu it’s a pleasure. “I bought the McLaren P1 last year, rather the year before that, around June. Prior to that, about a year before, I bought a 650S and since then I’ve had a McLaren, says Hiramatsu. “The route I take is along the Metropolitan Expressway No.2. It’s an empty road with lots of curves, and one of my great pleasures is that I can let loose a bit.”
With a limited production run of just 375 units worldwide, the McLaren P1 is one of the rarest and fastest supercars on the planet. Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine producing 542 kW (737 hp) at 7,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque from 4,000 rpm. This is combined with an electric motor adding an extra 132 kW (179 hp) and 260Nm of torque. In total, the McLaren P1 has a combined power output of 674 kW (916 hp) and 900 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed twin-clutch Graziano gearbox.
It’s always good to see a supercar actually being driven, rather than collecting dust in a garage. Watch Hiramatsu and his daily driven McLaren P1 in the video below.