McLaren P1 hit by Lego madness

Article by Christian A., on July 7, 2014

If you are looking for an affordable supercar and still want to buy the sold-out McLaren P1 we have good news. Lego enthusiasts did it again and created a scale model of the McLaren P1. So, instead of over 1 million euros you will pay let’s say just 100 euros.

Although the design of the McLaren P1 is way too impressive and way too difficult to replicate it using just Lego pieces we admit that the result isn’t too bad. I guess you have to be a real expert to create this vehicle and spend few days paying attention to the real car.

Still, the engine is does not resemble the real 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that generates 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque.

We don’t expect the Lego replica of the McLaren P1 to be as fast as the real thing, which can zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.0 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 17 seconds.

Unveiled in its production version at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new McLaren P1 is aiming to become the best driver's car in the world both on the road and on the track. McLaren plans to achieve this goal by employing its half a century of motorsport experience and success, in particular in the fields of carbon fiber technology and aerodynamics.

By employing its expertise, the new McLaren P1 became a car that generates a massive amount of downforce – significantly more than a typical road-going vehicle but at par with a GT3 racing car with even greater ground effect. This amount of downforce helps the P1 to offer high levels of performance in terms of cornering and braking as well as stability, balance and drivability.

Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren Automotive, noted that the British carmaker introduced the carbon fiber chassis – through the MP4/1 -- to Formula 1 in 1981, adding that McLaren was the first to offer a carbon-bodied road car. Dennis added that McLaren has always been at the avant-garde of aerodynamics, the carmaker brought this experience into the new McLaren P1. He noted that McLaren set the supercar performance standards 20 years ago, and now the carmaker is redefining it with the P1.

The technologies employed in the new McLaren P1 includes active aerodynamics and adjustable suspension, which are now barred from being used in Formula 1 races as they offer an advantage in performance. Thanks to an active wing and underbody devices, the flow of air around the body of the P1 has been optimized. The P1’s adjustable rear wing – which could extend from the bodywork by 120 mm on road as well as by up to 300 mm on the track – takes direct inspiration from Formula 1 design. In fact, the intersection of the double element rear wing and the design of the endplates are the same as those on the MP4-23 that captured the 2008 Formula 1 championship.

Moreover, the ride height of the new McLaren P1 could be adjusted -- as part of the new hydro-pneumatic suspension – as made possible by RaceActive Chassis Control (RCC) that features adaptive spring rates, roll control, pitch control and damping. When in Race mode, RCC could lower the ride height by 50 mm to deliver ground effect aerodynamics.

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