McLaren unveils images of the McLaren P1 – the next-gen supercar

Article by Anita Panait, on April 18, 2013

McLaren Automotive has released additional images of its next generation ultimate supercar, the McLaren P1. The release of the images is part of the carmaker’s buildup to the launch of the new McLaren Manama showroom over the 2013 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix program. During its Middle East regional debut in Bahrain, the McLaren P1 paid an exclusive visit to the Bahrain International Circuit, where the images were taken.

The selected yet very stunning images of the McLaren P1 makes clear the connections between McLaren's Formula 1 expertise and its road car development program, with the McLaren P1 being the latest demonstration of that integration. The carmaker eyes McLaren P1 to re-write the rules for the dynamic performance of road-going sports cars by offering an unmatched Formula 1-derived driving experience.

The goal of the next generation ultimate supercar is be the most dynamically capable and exciting performance car in the world. The selected images taken at the Bahrain International Circuit highlights the car’s ability in action, as it displayed levels of active aerodynamics, downforce and performance delivery that have never been experienced on the road.

Making things more exciting is the planned arrival of another McLaren 'supercar', the McLaren MP4-25, which was the first McLaren piloted by the 2009 FIA Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button in his debut season for the team in 2010.

McLaren P1 that was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show aims to become the best driver's car in the world – both on the road and on the track. To attain this goal, McLaren didn’t hesitate to employ its 50 years of racing experience and success, including its expertise in the fields of carbon fiber technology and aerodynamics.

Thanks to McLaren’s expert use of its capabilities and resources, it was able to create a new road-going car that boasts of massive amount of downforce for a road vehicle at par with a GT3 racing car, but with a more ground effect. Thanks to this downforce, the new P1 boasts of greater performance during cornering and braking and is now more balance, stable and drivable at any speed.

Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren Automotive, noted that the carmaker was responsible for introducing the carbon fiber chassis to Formula 1 in 1981 through the MP4/1 and for launching the first carbon-bodied road car. Noting that McLaren has been at the cutting edge of vehicle aerodynamics, Dennis remarked the carmaker’s experiences has helped it create the new McLaren P1, which allow it to further redefine what supercar performance is.

To ensure that the new McLaren P1 offers an exceptional straight-line performance as well as instant throttle response, this supercar is powered by an IPAS petrol-electric powertrain that includes a heavily tweaked 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and a single electric motor -- for a total power output of 916 PS (903 hp). Since the electric motor provides instant torque, this IPAS petrol-electric powertrain offers instant throttle response.

Despite its ferocious power, the new P1 emits less than 200 grams of carbon dioxide per km. Interestingly, this supercar could travel more than 10 km in pure electric mode.

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