Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc in Florida during last year's storm season. Unsurprisingly and unfortunately, the storm also resulted in flooding and caused a lot of damage--and it also took a toll on a Rolls-Royce Phantom and McLaren P1, yes the same one that went viral on Instagram.
Flood water managed to get into the garage where the McLaren hypercar was parked and at some point, the garage door was damaged, which led to the P1 floating out and eventually landing on top of a toilet. Probably the most undignified location for a car to rest on top of, even more so when this was no ordinary car that we were talking about here. The P1, of course, is part of the holy trinity. It seems like it's practically the end of this McLaren P1's life, but is it?
One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Treasure
For YouTuber Tavarish a.k.a Freddy Hernandez, the flooded McLaren P1 is still worth saving. The 2015 McLaren P1 was first listed for sale by Copart Insurance with a starting bid price of $575,000. The video starts with Hernandez picking up the P1 at a warehouse in Florida--the same location where the photos of the P1 listed on the auction site were taken.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom from the McLaren's previous owner was also there, sitting low on its deflated air suspension. Unlike the P1 though, which floated out of the garage, the Rolls-Royce was submerged underwater for a long time. Because of the square cutouts in the windshield, it also seems that the Phantom was lifted by a forklift via its roof. From there, he documents his entire exploration around the heavily-damaged hypercar.
From the outside, the McLaren P1 has several scrapes, scratches, and cracked panels, but most of the exterior is intact. The rear wheels have one tire that is completely gashed, while the other wheel has a large hole. The McLaren P1 is also stuck in its lowest ride height setting, and all of these factors make loading the hypercar onto a trailer very challenging.
On the upside, the doors and hood are still functional. Speaking of the hood, the front trunk under it has never been opened since the storm, so it's unsurprising that the stench from the stagnant seawater is potent. There's also plenty of sand and salt inside the crevices of the front trunk, which doesn't help in any way in terms of potential corrosion. Inside the front trunk are tow straps and the factory emergency kit, with the former being the only salvageable item.
There's No Doubt This Will Be An Expensive Project
Once the car makes it to the shop, Hernandez aims to make the car at least easy to roll. Further, an inspection is carried out into the wheels and braking system, and you can see that the rear discs are fine, but the electronic parking brake is stuck right onto the rear discs. The good news is, the servo motor for the electronic parking brake still works by connecting the wiring harnesses to an external battery.
For now, that's about the things that Tavarish did to the McLaren P1. We don't know what to expect yet, but considering how many electrical components the P1 has for its 903-horsepower hybrid 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 powertrain, it won't be a cheap fix as Tavarish reveals in the video above. The hybrid battery alone will cost $160,000; whereas the carbon tub? You're looking at $300,000.
His main motivation for buying one in the first place is that prices of the P1 have skyrocketed in recent years, and this is the most affordable way for him to own his dream car. Whether it's more affordable or not to buy a submerged half-a-million-dollar hypercar and then restore it down the line is still up for debate. Tavarish will soon follow up with another video on what other damages he has found in the P1 and also what his plans are for the heavily-damaged P1.