For over 25 years, we’ve been waiting for the arrival of the promised ‘F1-for-the-road’ vehicle by different automakers. But it appears that McLaren’s powerful P1 hybrid flagship will be the first hypercar to deliver on this pledge. It is the successor to the McLaren F1 of 1993 so it’s no surprise that it will have an output of 903bhp from the V8-plus-electric power combo.
It is priced at £866,000. What makes the P1 stand out is its innovative active aerodynamics package. The P1 can deliver a drag factor of 0.34 in ‘clean’ form. It can also instantly set out a rear-mounted wing and two flaps ahead of the front wheels, in the right driving modes, to produce such unparalleled levels of downforce for a road car, making driving become easier as the car moves faster.
The P1 is capable of generating 600kg of downforce even when it’s far from its top speed of 217mph. This downforce is the same as that of numerous Le Mans racers and about five times higher than that of the newly launched McLaren MP4-12C. It’s also much better than its non-McLaren.
McLaren Automotive managing director Antony Sheriff said that the P1 is meant to be driven to a racing circuit with high levels of “comfort and refinement.” He also said that they can appear on the racing track where they present an advantage since they have the experience of racing cars.
P1 is equipped with the all-carbon chassis tub newly formed as the basis for all new-era McLarens and launched with the MP4-12C. The new supercar makes use of a distinctive race-bred ‘recipe’ for several composite components, which are two times as hard as steel, forming its core body/chassis.
Nothing wasted. Every detail has been carefully-planned and purposely thought of. Such is the engineering that goes behind the McLaren P1. For that is the McLaren way of doing things, as can be gleaned from its race cars which focus on function first before anything else, then form follows. What’s evident is the economy of moves and the prudent use of the engineering process, but the advance technology and design to develop the McLaren cars will never be irrelevant.
McLaren P1 was built to be light and agile. This, according to Chief Design Engineer Dan Parry-WIlliams, is a testament to McLaren’s brand core values and is also consistent with its innovative technology meant to produce cars that are both lightweight and aerodynamic. This is reflected in the compact McLaren P1 which was produced by “shrink wrapping” the design around the mechanicals. The body panels were all manufactured from carbon fibre materials that are lightweight.
The mid-engine two-seater McLarens P1 was meant to be a car of beautiful design exterior that exudes power. The McLaren P1 is capable of high speed performance and state-of-the-art aerodynamics, making it truly a marvel of modern engineering worthy of being called a sports supercar. The design reflects the aerodynamic requirements needed to meet the ambitious downforce target. But there also is clearly a desire to make a very beautiful and striking 'supersports' car.