The McLaren P1 is the new halo car for the company. It isn’t a successor to the F1 destined to beat the Bugatti Veyron for top speed. It’s a supercar, and a pretty one at that. The reason we also took a little longer to get this article to you is because we gave up reading the 10,000 word press release.
It seems there isn’t an elevator pitch for this car. We’ll do our best however.
Whilst this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the P1, it is the first time which the production version has been shown off in person. Despite not much changing, it is nice to have some proper figures and stats to share.
Powering the P1 is a twin-turbo 3.8litre V8 coupled with an electric motor. This combination will produce 903hp and result in a 0-100km/h time of less than 3seconds. 0-300km/h has been said to be in under 17seconds – or – 5seconds faster than the original F1.
Technology wise there is no shortage here with everything from active ride height to optimise downforce through the rear wing as well as an IPAS (instant power assist system) and DRS (drag reduction system) to give the driver instant boost and better straight-line speed.
The MonoCage which includes the roof and lower structures, roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery and power electronics housing weighs in at under 90kg. A weight which McLaren says is one of the lightest in any road car to date. What makes it so light is the fibres used which is five times the strength of the best grade titanium and also uses Kevlar.
Just like on some other recently announced hyper/supercars including the Veneno and LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, has each piece of styling acting as a functional item. Whether it is a scoop or wing it is there to either enhance aerodynamics or cooling.
Either way you look at it, the McLaren P1 looks great in photos. We haven’t just yet been able to confirm whether it will be coming to Australia, but if it does you’ll have to act quick as there will only be 375 produced world-wide.