McLaren P1 hypercar officially unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 26, 2013

Earlier today we revealed you the first photos with the production version of the McLaren P1 hypercar, but now it is time to see the full details and specs of the car. First of all, the McLaren P1 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine delivering 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque. Moreover, the vehicle comes with an electric motor, which delivers 179 hp and a maximum torque of 260 Nm.

The electric motor is mounted directly on the engine and the total output of the car is delivered via the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox to the rear wheels. With a total output of 916 hp, the McLaren P1 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in no more than 17 seconds.

According to the official press release, the McLaren P1 is with 5 seconds faster than the iconic F1 road car. Moreover, the car has a top speed electronically limited at 350 km/h or 217 mph.

McLaren also announced that the P1 will cost from £866,000 ($1,150,000 or 1 million euros – just like the upcoming Ferrari F70/F150 a.k.a. Enzo successor). To maintain exclusivity, production will be strictly limited to 375 units. The tyres fitted to the McLaren P1 are specially developed P Zero Corsas, which have been developed with McLaren’s technology partner, Pirelli.

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.

One interesting feature of the McLaren P1 is that it can be driven solely in electric mode. In city driving, with an average speed of 30 mph, this could mean up to a 20 km range. More than enough for an owner to enter, for example, a city centre Zero Emissions Zone, have dinner and return home.

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