Many of us gearheads come to envy Automotive YouTuber Shmee150. Not only does the influencer spend every working day around the rarest and most exclusive cars, but also drives and owns some of them. His constantly rotating garage is almost impossible to keep on top of. One automotive collector sits on another realm to Shmee and that’s Jay Leno. Not only does Leno turn Shmee’s collection up to 11, but he hosts an entire show built around it. Jay Leno’s Garage features both vehicles from his collection be that old muscle cars or the latest supercars, as well as those fans, bring him. Back in 2019, Shmee both interviewed Jay Leno and had a tour around his garage.
However, there's one car Leno confessed he'll never master: a British hypercar, to be exact.
Why Won’t Jay Leno Master The McLaren P1?
In an interview with Shmee150 on his YouTube channel, Jay Leno said, “I’ll never master the car. I’m not a race car driver. I’m not good enough to do what it’s capable of.” Shmee calls the P1 a “pioneer of technology.” As a part of the holy trinity of hypercars, the McLaren P1 came against LaFerrari, and the Porsche 918. With a hybrid drivetrain supplementing their combustion engine these cars a decade ago sat at the top of the engineering tree.
According to McLaren, the P1 came with a 3.8-liter V8 motor with a 131Kwh electric motor. This drivetrain totals over 900 horsepower and achieves 217 mph. It’s no wonder then that Leno claims that every time he takes it out he “reaches new limits every time I take it out.”
Leno has owned this P1 for around five years. In this time the P1’s value has steadily increased, although it doesn’t sound like Leno will sell this car. In yellow with contrasting black trim, it sits and looks imposing in the collector’s garage. The P1 may not have the performance figures that back up the hypercars of today, with a claimed 0- 62 mph time of 2.8 seconds. McLaren didn’t build the P1 to be the fastest in a straight line but instead the fastest through the corners, the Senna took this one step further. But unable to use all of the P1, Leno doesn’t need the Senna.
What’s Leno Done To His McLaren P1?
In an act that might terrify many gearheads, Leno says he “hit the wall” but then came back and fixed the car like “it was a four-door Chevy.” Like most hypercars, most McLaren P1s are tucked away and rarely touch the road. This isn’t Leno’s philosophy he bought the car so intends to use it like anything else in his collection. He even refers to crashing this car as “fun” for the rest of us this easily slips into the realm of an insurance nightmare.
In the interview, Shmee completely agrees with his fellow collector. An owner of vehicles like the McLaren 675LT, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series, and the most recent Ford GT, the British YouTuber frequently puts rare cars to use. Leno’s McLaren with its heavy use has seen 8,000 miles on the clock. Now on its second set of tires it has done more than most garage queens ever will.
Sitting to the right of the P1 lives an MP4-12C. The first iteration of the 3.8 Liter V8 the Surrey built car sold from 2011 for three years. Before the 650S replaced the model this was McLaren’s entry level supercar to take on the likes of the R8 and Gallardo.