Multimillion-dollar turnaround for owner of destroyed McLaren P1

The P1 owner is grieving his loss in a very unique way.

by | Published on 5th Oct 2022

The $1.3 million McLaren P1 that washed up on a toilet seat after Hurricane Ian is now off to the junk yard. 

Video footage posted by its owner Ernie shows it being rigged up ready to be dragged away. 

It’s a worst-case scenario ending to the story, but it’s not all bad news for the Floridian owner.

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Just two days after Ernie posted a photo of his waterlogged P1, he took to the gram to reveal he had replaced it with a $2.25 million McLaren Speedtail. 

Ernie asked his Instagram followers, which have now swelled to over a million, what they thought of his new Speedtail.

His post garnered more than a thousand comments from people who were equal parts shocked and in awe of the $2.25 million turnabout.


“Oh you rich rich,” one person said. 

“Remember there’s only 100 of these unlike the P1 where they made around 300. And this one has a tail it can probably use underwater too,” another said. 

They’re not wrong, because when it comes to hypercars, the McLaren Speedtail is right up there. 

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Powered by a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo with an electric motor, the Speedtail can churn out 1,035 hp. 

It goes from 0-100km/h in just 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 402km/h (250 mph). 

And it has a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

But even if you’ve got a spare $2.25 mill to drop, you can’t just walk in and buy a Speedtail because it’s extremely limited.

McLaren has limited production to just 106 examples. 

So, while losing a $1.3 million McLaren P1 to Hurricane Ian is a devastating event, it’s hard to feel too sorry for our friend Ernie.

Especially when he’s grieving the loss of his P1 over a succulent lamb chop.



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Kate Bain is the Page Editor at supercarblondie.com. She is based in Dubai and coordinates coverage of the latest news across automotive, technology, and lifestyle. Kate has a bachelor's degree in business and post graduate in journalism. She is an experienced editor and journalist who has worked for News Corp, Daily Mail Australia, and Sky News. When she's not at work, you'll find her attached at the hip to her dog, Thor.

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