Official: Production-ready McLaren P1 will make its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 6, 2013

McLaren Automotive officially announced today that the production-ready McLaren P1 will make its world debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. This means that we will also be able to see the interior of the car, which is currently a secret.

Moreover, McLaren revealed the first photos with the race-inspired digital dash readout and gave further information relating to the levels of performance that can be expected with a highly-focused ‘Race’ mode.

The astonishing technology that has been created for the McLaren P1 and that includes both adjustable suspension and active aerodynamics has been banned for use in Formula 1 since it was largely seen as creating a performance advantage. The underbody devices and active wing for example have allowed airflow to be optimized around its body.

In addition, the rear wing can be adjusted and it is able to extend from its bodywork by 300 mm on the race track and 120 mm on road maximizing downforce levels. The wing is inspired directly by the Formula 1 design having the intersection of the endplates’ design and rear wing’s double element similar to the MP4-23 which won the championship in 2008.

As part of its new hydro-pneumatic suspension, the McLaren P1 also has an adjustable ride height. Through its radical RaceActive Chassis Control or RCC, the car can be lowered by about 50 mm under Race mode producing ground effect aerodynamics. The McLaren P1 is also perfect for use either on track or road with other features like damping, pitch control, roll control, and spring rates, which give it a massive range of adjustment.

Under Race mode, the spring rates of the McLaren P1 can stiffen by as much as 300 percent enabling it to corner even above 2g. This technology that has been inspired by Formula 1 clearly permeates throughout the McLaren P1.

It also has the new and revolutionary MonoCage monocoque made of carbon fiber that shapes the complete structure by incorporating the unique snorkel air intake with its roof. This styling feature is greatly inspired by the road car of the McLaren F1. McLaren is the recognized world leader when it comes to carbon technology.

This is a material that while it offers lightness, also has the rigidity and strength that can improve agility, durability, efficiency, handling, performance, ride comfort, and safety. The body panels of this vehicle are made from a strong yet lightweight carbon composite and with its complex shapes, modify the McLaren P1™ for optimal aerodynamics.

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With one month until all eyes in the automotive world turn to Switzerland, McLaren Automotive has confirmed that the global debut of the production-ready McLaren P1™ will be at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva, and taken the opportunity to give a glimpse of the, so far unseen, interior. The latest insight confirms that the McLaren P1™ will adopt a race-inspired digital dash readout, and gives further information relating to the levels of performance that can be expected with a highly-focused ‘Race’ mode.

The visuals demonstrate what the driver will see as the McLaren P1™ transitions into a fully-focussed track car. On selecting Race mode, the large double element adjustable ‘active’ rear wing extends, and the pitch of the wing alters into an optimal aerodynamic position. In Race mode the screen includes a bank of lights across the top, which illuminate green, followed by red and finally blue. These act as a shift indicator, as in a Formula 1 car.

More exact details about the McLaren P1™, and Race mode, will be unveiled as we get closer to Geneva.

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