McLaren P1 hypercar officially unveiled

Article by Christian A., 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.

True to the McLaren way, the McLaren P1 carries an engineering-led design, where form follows function and nothing is superfluous. Every element has been designed for a reason.

The P1’s mid-engine 2-seater design is reflective of the aerodynamic requirements that are necessary to meet the car’s ambitious downforce target. However, there’s also a clear desire to create and build a strikingly beautiful 'supersports' car.

According to Dan Parry-Williams, chief design engineer at McLaren, the P1 reflects the core values of the brand. The car celebrates aerodynamics, light weight, great packaging, and innovative technology. He said that from the very start, they have strived to develop a vehicle that one can drive at a racing circuit, just by pressing a button.

Parry-Williams added that high-speed performance was their priority for the car, matched with tremendous composure, both coming from its state-of-the-art aerodynamics. They wanted a car that’s connected as well as predictable at any given speed.

McLaren P1 design team worked to meet the main goal of a 'light and agile' design. This design needed to be 'shrink-wrapped' all around the mechanical aspects in order to make the car as lightweight and compact as possible. They also kept the number of lightweight carbon-fiber body panels to a minimum. They are also meticulously shaped and superbly finished. To be more specific, there are only 5 main panels: front bonnet, front clamshell, the doors, and rear clamshell. The panels’ strong carbon construction was designed and engineered in a way that they can act as load-bearing supports and aero-honed ducts.

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