Million-dollar McLaren recalled; hood can fly open
The US auto safety regulator announced Monday a recall of McLaren’s $1.15 million P1 supercar, warning that its front hood can fly open while moving.
The recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects only a handful of car owners — only 375 P1s were produced between 2013 and 2015 — but cited a serious potential hazard for a car that can race to 400 kilometers per hour (250 miles per hour).
“The affected vehicles have a secondary hood latch that may not properly re-engage,” the NHTSA said in the recall notice.
“As a result, if the primary latch is released inadvertently, the hood may open while the vehicle is moving.”
The P1 is a 903 horsepower hybrid electric-gas car with technology inspired by Formula 1 cars.
McLaren was founded as a racing team in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren who died in a 1970 crash after the back trunk of his racing prototype opened at high speed, destabilizing the car.
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