The journey to own a supercar is a long one. The money and the limited production numbers, among other factors, conspire against most people, even the super-rich. The journey to own a McLaren P1, however, is a nearly impossible one. The super-car among super-cars is one of the hardest to get behind the wheel of. But Angel’s pitcher C.J. Wilson was able to make his childhood dream come true.
First there’s the money. The McLaren P1 will cost $1.5 million. Luckily Wilson just signed a 5 year extension with the Angels worth $77.5 million. Finances covered.
But was Wilson worthy of owning a P1? Since he was a kid, he had dreamed about one day owning a McLaren F1, the predecessor to the P1.
“I’ve always been a McLaren fan boy, ever since the (Ayrton) Senna days,” Wilson told Yahoo.com. “The road car I looked up to as a kid was the McLaren F1. It was completely mind-blowing. I thought that was the best thing ever. It became my focus as a child to one day own that car. The problem is, they cost about $4 million today, and they only made 100 of them. You can’t buy one. You just can’t.”
Wilson knew the McLaren P1 would soon be available and made owning the new super-car his top priority. But with only 375 P1s scheduled to be built, McLaren is picky about who they sell their cars to. Not just anyone, rich or not, can walk into a dealership, drop down a boatload of money, and expect to walk away with a brand new P1.
Potential owners must first qualify by showing a history of their previously owned cars. Wilson had such a history. He’s owned a slew of Porsches, started a racing team with Mazda Miatas, at one point had a Ferrari in his garage, and the clincher, owns the more pedestrian (well, as pedestrian as a McLaren can be) McLaren MP4-12C.
After delivering his automotive qualifications, Wilson soon received an invite to the unveiling of the P1 to buyers in Beverly Hills. At 31 years old, he was by far the youngest person in the room. But his perigee had impressed McLaren.
“I’ve been waiting my whole life to own a car like this,” says Wilson.
He’s already put a 10 percent deposit on the car. The P1 should be available by late 2013, but because McLaren requires all owners fly to England for a custom driver’s seat fitting, Wilson probably won’t be able to meet his dream car until 2014, after the grueling baseball season is over.
“It won’t be my daily driver, of course, but I’ll definitely put some miles on it,” Wilson says. “I grew up with humble roots and I just can’t imagine it sitting in the garage. This will be the gnarliest car ever.”
- Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio