It’s a parental rite of passage to buy the offspring their first cars, but normally this isn’t until the kids are well into their teens.

McLaren has other plans, however, with the introduction of its Ride On P1, aimed at the younger supercar fans among us.

The compact electric hypercar is set to go on sale in McLaren dealerships for £375, becoming the luxury brand’s cheapest offering by at least a couple of hundred thousand pounds.

It is an officially licensed McLaren product, and the carmaker’s signature adorns its flanks.

While based on the iconic hypercar of the same name, the Ride On P1 will feature an open roof and a central driving position – as seen in the F1 of the 1990s.

However, in order to keep it as true to its bigger brother, the Ride On retains McLaren’s signature dihedral doors and its startling 0 – maximum speed(around 3mph), which is achievable in just two seconds.

The Volcano Yellow model features three forward gears and one reverse, while it is turned on via a simple one-button stop/start function.

This not only starts the motor but also automatically activates the lights and ‘air-conditioning’ unit. Thanks to these standard options, and an MP3 player and audio system pre-programmed with every popular nursery rhyme, the model is remarkably well equipped among the growing mini-car segment.

Aimed at youngsters between the ages of three and six, the model will be available from the end of October at dealerships, followed by toy retailers.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

September 27, 2016

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