Official Pictures and Details: McLaren P1
McLaren Automotive has released the final numbers, images and information relating to its McLaren P1 ahead of a global reveal in just a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show.
The race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) aims to give the McLaren P1 increased performance: Zero to 100km/h will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 km/h under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 km/h will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. Putting that into perspective, that’s 5 seconds faster than the brand’s famous McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h.
McLaren has been engaging with potential customers actively in the last few months to get their views on the McLaren P1, particularly about the car’s styling. Their unanimous verdict on the styling was not to change the car presented last September in Paris. So unusually, the McLaren P1 has translated to production form with very little change. In fact just one, the addition of LTR ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce.
McLaren has closely monitored demand so as to maintain exclusivity, and announced a production number of just 375 units – a figure that will ensure the McLaren P1 will remain a rarity.
McLaren has also announced that the car will cost from £866,000 on the road with a specification that fully equips the car for both road and track use.
As previously announced, the McLaren P1 will have the combined force of two powerplants, offering a mix of throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. A mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine is enhanced featuring, for example, larger turbochargers and an electric motor, to give a combined output of 916PS (903 bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. Emissions of less than 200g/km on the combined cycle are reduced to zero in full electric drive mode, while the Formula 1-derived DRS and IPAS technologies offer an increase in straight-line speed and an instant boost of power.
The tyres fitted to the McLaren P1 are specially developed P Zero Corsas, which have been developed with McLaren’s technology partner, Pirelli. The team at Pirelli has been involved throughout the entire development programme, and this has seen the tyre testing phase integrated into the schedule, as a key performance component. The final compound and construction has been developed and optimised during testing, and the end result is a tyre that is designed specifically to the performance and handling characteristics of the P1.
To control the power produced by the twin powerplants, the McLaren P1 is designed to offer braking performance more associated with a GT3 or sports racing car. Developed by McLaren’s Formula 1 partner Akebono, the system features a new type of carbon ceramic disc, which has previously seen service in space, but never before used on a road car. Stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, the material dissipates heat more effectively. The system also boasts reduced weight, and a bespoke ceramic layer coats both friction surfaces to give an attractive mirrored finish.
One surprising feature is that the car can also be driven solely in electric mode. In city driving, with an average speed of 30 mph, this could mean up to a 20km range. Useful perhaps in a city centre with a Zero Emissions Zone.
Source: McLaren Automotive