McLaren P13 will be inspired by the P1 hypercar

Article by Christian A., on October 26, 2013

McLaren P13 a.k.a. company’s 911-rival will feature a design inspired by the P1 hypercar, according to the latest reports from AutoExpress. Although many of you folks believed that McLaren P13 will take styling inspiration from the 12C, it appears that the P1 will be the car that will influence the P13 looks and this was confirmed by a well placed source.

The first spy shots that caught the P13 using a 12C body and showed stylish wraparound headlights and large air intakes. It is believed that the 911-rival from McLaren will cost around 140,000 euros or almost $194,000.

The P13 will weigh less than the 1,434 kg 12C and significantly less than the 1,600 911 Turbo S, while under its hood we will see the same 3.8-liter V8 turbo engine used by the 12C and P1, rated at 450 hp. Still, we wouldn’t expect the P13 to be a rival for the 911 Turbo which is capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds using the PDK and all-wheel drive.

Same sources confirmed the fact that McLaren is almost done with the development work on the new P13, which means that the launch is not to too far away.

Last year, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren’s project director said that the company needs three or four years to develop a new car and at that time the British carmaker had already been working on the P13 for two years. This means that we could see the new McLaren P13 in late 2014 and will go on sale in early 2015.

As what one can expect from the McLaren brand, the P1 has clearly an engineering-led design. The design reveals that nothing unnecessary was included. Indeed, everything was put there for a reason, much like how a Formula 1 car is designed. For this new model, the design team set to create one that was agile and light. Since the car needed to be as lightweight and compact as it can be, it meant that the design would have to be “shrink-wrapped” around the vehicle’s mechanicals.

Thus even if the body panels were all made from lightweight carbon fiber, it still involved keeping their number to a minimum. However, by making use of strong carbon construction, it made it possible for these components to multi-task and allows them to function as load-bearing supports or even as aero-honed ducts. There are five main panels in total. These are the doors, clamshell in the front and rear, and the front bonnet.

Looking more closely at the design of this two-seater mid-engine model, it’s clear that the aerodynamics was put in place as a way of being able to meet the downforce objective. McLaren did make sure that this super sports car would remain to be striking and attractive. According to Chief Design Engineer Dan Parry-Williams, the P1 is a good example of the core values of the brand.

It is fitted with the latest technology, comes in an excellent packaging, shows exceptional aerodynamics, and truly lightweight. He adds that at the start, McLaren wanted to come up with a model that customers could drive to the track and at the press of a button, actually get the ability to race.

Chief Parry-Williams says that while the main goal was for the new car to have high-speed performance, it was important that it also had incredible composure, one that results from cutting-edge aerodynamics. He says further that the brand wanted a model that was not only connected but also one that was predictable no matter what the speed.

Topics: mclaren, sports car

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