As of this post Christmas is just 10 days away. If you’re looking for a last minute gift for the car fanatic in your life then you may want to check out McLaren’s new line of scale models. McLaren has partnered with premium scale model producers Amalgam who supply most major F1 teams with premium 1:8 scale models to produce a line of premium 1:8 scale models of not only the McLaren P1 but a few of their historic race cars as well. Now obviously these larger scale models are quite expensive and run about $12,000 but smaller models can be hand from other producers like Maisto and TSM (True Scale Models) from AutoArt. If you like your models really small you can get a Hot Wheels version of the P1 as well.
However, the real holy grail here are the 1:8 models from Amalgam. McLaren sends Amalgam all of their actual CAD and digital data from their road cars so that Amalgam can perfectly recreate all the details in miniature. When it comes to building models of older race cars with designs that pre-date CAD McLaren shared blueprint and other schematics with Amalgam to make sure they could accurately recreate nearly every part. In fact before this partnership most Amalgam models were made up of 1,000 pieces but these new McLaren models are 3,000 pieces and can take between 300 to 500 hours to put together. This is because all Amalgam models are made by hand.
Oh, by the way. Since you are already spending the money, if you happen to have a special one-off McLaren built by MSO (McLaren Special Operations) you can contact MSO so that they can work with Amalgam to build a premium scale model of your car. From the paint to all the interior options they can make an exact replica. Pretty cool huh? While I won’t be able to afford something like this for quite a while; if you can an Amalgam model or even any of the other models from Auto Art or Maisto would make great gifts this holiday season.
Amalgam 1:8 models can be ordered at select McLaren retailers and dealerships. Models produced by AutoArt and Maisto can be found on Amazon and other places where scale die cast models are sold. Or you can always hit up the local toy store and look for the new McLaren Hot Wheels cars!
As production ends of the McLaren P1™, availability continues in miniature
Sizes from 1:64 to 1:8, from approximately 75mm to 595mm
Prices from under £10 to over £8,000
Production of the full size McLaren P1™ may have ended but McLaren Automotive has linked up with selected partners to offer every fan of any age a scaled down McLaren P1™ of their own. Many sizes, shapes and styles are available, from 1:64 models all the way up to an exact, hand-crafted 1:8 scale replica.
The smallest size of McLaren P1™ is now within the reach of the very young, even if their only income is from pocket money, thanks to Mattel-HotWheels. The miniature die-cast toy McLaren P1™ is available in Volcano Orange and Supernova Silver and measures 75mm. The brand has been a favourite of young collectors since 1968 and remains one of the most popular toy car producers today.
For those who would rather build their own, Lego® has created a Volcano Yellow McLaren P1™ as part of the Speed Champions series. The buildable vehicle has all the authentic details of the ultimate McLaren hybrid supercar. The owner can even attach their own stylish wheels and use the wrench to prep their car, and then speed away drifting around the cones in a race to the finish line.
Stepping it up a gear, Scalextric™ and Maisto will take any McLaren enthusiast closer to a behind-the-wheel experience. The Scalextric™ team at Hornby Hobbies has worked with McLaren for the Pro Chassis Ready models in various McLaren colours including Volcano Yellow and Volcano Orange. The slot cars, a firm favourite for many years, offer a unique taste of McLaren P1™ magic. An alternative driving experience is provided by Maisto’s highly-detailed, radio-controlled 1:14 scale McLaren P1™ with illuminating headlights and tail lights.
For the big kids of the family, resin or die cast models by TSM (True Scale Models) AutoArt, Minichamps and Tecnomodel provide a sophisticated approach to collecting beautiful McLaren P1™ models. All seek to create 1:43 scale centrepieces in a car collection with models chosen for their provenance, collectability and place in McLaren P1™ history. These include Job#1 which was the first production car built, the Nürburgring edition XP2R prototype famous for completing the circuit in less than seven minutes, the camouflaged McLaren P1™ prototype model with the unique track inspired McLaren camouflage design, and the car Formula 1™ World Champion Jenson Button drove at Goodwood Festival of Speed for the car’s global dynamic debut. New for 2016 will be the Amethyst Black PP3 pre-production model. With its registration P1 OOV, this is the McLaren P1™ notably reviewed by journalists across the world and the star of many a magazine front cover and video. These collectibles capture the detail of the McLaren P1™ in all aspects including the wheels and tyres, seat belts, door handles, engine and suspension.
Finally, what do you buy the person who has everything? McLaren Automotive now has the answer, even for a McLaren P1™ owner. Amalgam Fine Model Cars can produce an exact McLaren P1™ replica in 1:8 scale. Amalgam has the ability to fuse exceptional craftsmanship with the latest advance model-making techniques. The stunning creations are precise to the last 0.1mm, down to the original hand-beaten asymmetric bodywork and creases in the fabric of the seats. The 1:8 scale allows you to see the curves and the shapes without being too big or too small. The complexities of the build made up of so many individual components make them a true piece of art. Made to order, this is the ultimate present for the ultimate car in the McLaren Automotive family.
McLaren P1™ models can be found at selected McLaren Automotive retailers and various online shops, including www.amazon.com.
Amalgam models can be ordered through McLaren Automotive retailers worldwide.
For more information please visit http://cars.mclaren.com/featured-articles/masters-in-miniature.html.