First McLaren P1 hypercar crashed in Dallas, Texas

Article by Christian A., on November 27, 2014

If you love cars just like we do, you better not read this article or see the pictures in the photo gallery as you ill get a pain in the hearth. A McLaren P1 hypercar has just been crashed in Dallas, Texas and these are the first photos with the crashed vehicle.

We don’t have any details but looking at the photos we can understand that the vehicle was speeding and somehow, the driver lost control of his car.

The result is pretty obvious as both the front and rear are heavily damaged, but the good news is that the driver seems alright as the vehicle looks pretty ok on his side. We don’t know if the P1 had a passenger too, but if it did we are quite worried about him/her because the right door was heavily damaged.

As you may know already, McLaren said that it will produce only 375 P1s and this means that now, only 374 vehicles are will be available. For those who don’t know yet, the McLaren P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque.

In addition, the hypercar carries an electric motor, producing 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque. The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 916 hp and all that power is delivered to the rear wheels through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox.

This monster is able to hit 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. Top speed is 350 km/h or 217 mph.

In a very McLaren-like manner, the new McLaren P1 is an engineering-focused design, wherein form follows function. McLaren designed every detail of the P1 with a reason, like it does on a Formula 1 car. The design implemented on the new P1 reflects the aerodynamic requirements needed to achieve its impressive downforce target, while conveying McLaren’s design to create a beautifully stunning 'supersports' car.

Dan Parry-Williams, Chief Design Engineer, remarked that the new McLaren P1 embodies the brand's core values and celebrates aerodynamics, lightweight character and great packaging. He added that right from the start, McLaren aimed to develop a car that that could be taken to a racing circuit, and start its performance with a press of a button.

Parry-Williams commented that the focus for the P1 was to attain high-speed performance as complemented by tremendous composure as delivered through state-of-the-art aerodynamics. He remarked that McLaren was seeking a connected car that is predictable at any speed.

The design team for the new P1 started their work to a brief of 'light and agile.' Designers aimed to shrink wrap the design around the mechanicals, resulting to a compact and lightweight creation.

Interestingly, McLaren also kept the number of carbon fiber body panels to a minimum. In fact, the P1 only has five main panels: the doors, front bonnet as well as front and rear clamshells. Since these panels boast of strong carbon construction, they could act as aero-honed ducts and load-bearing supports. Their strong carbon construction allowed these panels to be intricately shaped while retaining a striking finish.

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