McLaren P1s in the flesh
Two privately owned McLaren P1 supercars have been spotted in Geneva ahead of the 2014 motor show.
Two of the world's fastest, most exclusive cars were parked nose to tail out the front of a Geneva hotel ahead of the city's annual motor show.
Two petrol-electric McLaren P1 supercars - one an iridescent blue, the other charcoal black - were near the river in the Swiss city.
The McLaren P1 was one of the highlights of the 2013 Geneva motor show having been unveiled there as a concept car.
One of the owners of the P1, who asked not to be named, told Drive he is planning to race in the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour.
Having collected the car last November he also owns a McLaren F1, which held the record as the world's fastest production car for almost a decade until the Bugatti Veyron knocked it off.
While he has not yet taken the Formula One inspired supercar on a race track - it has only traveled 900km and is still being run-in - he is planning to test its mettle.
While chatting to the owner we also met an American man who has ordered a P1 and is expecting delivery this year.
The blue car, which is registered in Gibraltar, is believed to be the first production car produced with chassis number 1.
The charcoal P1 is the fourth off the largely hand made Woking production line but wears chassis number 48 to match the Swiss owner's McLaren F1 chassis number.
The exclusive pair are one of five McLarens the owner - who asked not to be named - owns.
That owner currently races a Lamborghini in European GT3 racing and is planning to head to Bathurst next year to race in the 12 Hour race, which is gaining notoriety around the world as one of the world's most challenging endurance races.
Unlike the motor show cars - which are groomed and presented immaculately - at least one of the road going McLaren P1s was less than pristine; the carbon fibre bonnet on the blue car didn't appear to close properly and its unusual colour showed up some less than flattering panel gaps.
The P1 is powered by a twin turbocharged V8 engine mated to an electric motor that gives it a whopping 673kW of power and the ability to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 2.8sec before reaching a maximum speed of over 350km/h.