Three to six year old drivers get first dibs on open top McLaren EV

Three to six year old drivers get first dibs on open top McLaren EV

McLaren Automotive, whose stated aim is the development of a pure electric vehicle for its Ultimate series, has jumped the gun but, as they say, terms and conditions apply.

The new P1 differs from its larger brother in two important areas.  Firstly, it has a central driving position, just like the iconic F1.  Secondly, it's an open top while retaining signature dihedral doors.  And like every McLaren, its acceleration is startling.  The zero to maximum speed dash takes just two seconds.

Third thing: maximum driving age is a recommended six years old.

The car surges into life via a one-button stop/start function automatically activating the lights and 'air-conditioning' unit. An MP3 player and audio system is standard and helpfully already pre-programmed with every popular nursery rhyme.  It also features a reverse gear in addition to its three speed, forward transmission.

In a contrast to McLaren's usual policy of offering limitless colour and trim combinations, this time the choice for the busy six year old is made easy with only one colour on offer: volcano yellow. 

The ride on, electric P1 is the first officially licensed product from McLaren Automotive to enter this growing market segment and is the most compact car yet to wear the badge. Customers ideally should be between three and six years old to drive it.

Sales start at the end of October at McLaren Automotive retailers globally priced at GBP375.00 or equivalent. Global toy retailers will stock it later.