McLaren P1 Contest at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Has a Catch


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Just the Facts:
  • A McLaren P1 contest set for the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed has an unusual catch — the winner gets a ride in the hot car, but only if the person weighs less than 330 pounds.
  • The contest is offered in collaboration with Microsoft's Turn 10 Studios and offers the winner a ride in the McLaren P1 during the car's global dynamic debut at Goodwood.
  • The contest's fine print notes that the ride will not be permitted if the winner is "not able to sit comfortably within the McLaren P1 passenger seat with safety equipment in place."

WOKING, England — A ride-in-a-McLaren P1 contest set for the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed has an unusual catch — the winner gets a ride in the hot car, but only if they weigh less than 330 pounds.

The contest is offered in collaboration with Microsoft's Turn 10 Studios and offers the winner a ride in the McLaren P1 during the car's global dynamic debut at Goodwood.

The contest's fine print notes that the ride will not be permitted if the winner is "not able to sit comfortably within the McLaren P1 passenger seat with safety equipment in place."

The McLaren P1 is the cover star for Forza Motorsport 5, which is a driving-simulation game that was recently demonstrated at the E3 annual video game conference. The title will be released only for the Microsoft Xbox One console.

Interested participants can navigate to the competition Web site before July 1 to enter. The winner will be given the chance to experience the Goodwood hill climb inside the vehicle. The event marks the driving debut of the P1 hypercar and the passenger will also get to be a part of McLaren's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The McLaren P1 made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The $1.15 million supercar has a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 coupled with an electric motor to develop 903 horsepower. It will clock a sub-3 second 0-62 mph time and top out at an electronically limited 217 mph.

Edmunds says: Both winning the contest and actually getting into the McLaren P1 will be a tight squeeze.

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