MSO creates unique McLaren P1 with Gulf racing livery

Article by Christian A., on December 22, 2014

We’ve seen lots of McLaren P1 models, some of them wearing crazy colours while some were specially customized by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Still, the custom McLaren P1 commissioned by Miles Nadal, the well-known businessman and philanthropist, is by far the most impressive version created by McLaren Special Operations.

As you can see from the photo, the P1 hypercar features a special finish inspired by the Gulf racing livery from the iconic 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail. Just like the racing car, the McLaren P1 features a blue and orange exterior theme that extends from the nose all the way to the active rear wing.

Moreover, behind the wheels we find orange calipers for the Akebono carbon ceramic brakes. In addition, the custom McLaren P1 features a subtle orange pinstriping detail to the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser. Same theme is continued at the interior where we find bespoke controls and seat details.

Under the hood, we find the same 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 737 hp and 720 Nm, as well as an electric motor delivering 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 916 hp, while power is delivered to the rear wheels through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox.

For those who don’t know, the McLaren P1 is able to accelerate 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 17 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 350 km/h or 217 mph.

Just like any McLaren, the design of the McLaren P1 is engineering-led, in which nothing is redundant and form follows function. Just like a Formula 1 car, each detail of the new mid-engine two-seater is designed for a reason.

Indeed, the design of the new P1 reflects the aerodynamic requisites needed to meet the bold downforce target set by McLaren. Of course, the design of the new P1 reflects the yearning to create a beautiful and stunning super sports car.

According to Chief Design Engineer Dan Parry-Williams, the McLaren P1 is an embodiment of the brand's core values. He remarked that the lightweight P1 doesn’t just celebrate aerodynamics, but boasts of great packaging and innovative technology. He noted that right from the start, designer aimed to create a car that could be taken to a racing circuit, with the driver needing just to press a button and race it.

Parry-Williams said the focus was on achieving high-speed performance as well as impressive composure, as attained through state-of-the-art aerodynamics. He quipped that McLaren wanted a car that is both connected and predictable at any speed.

In developing the new P1, designers worked according to the instruction of 'light and agile.' Its design should shrink-wrap around the mechanicals, resulting to a car that is both compact and lightweight. Designers also limited the number of carbon fiber body panels to just five main elements: front bonnet, front and rear clamshell, as well as the doors. Since these panels boast of strong carbon construction, they can 'multi-task,' also serving as aero-honed ducts and load-bearing supports. Their strong carbon construction also allowed these panels to be intricately shaped and have a superb finish.

Compared to the 12C and other series production super sports car, the new McLaren P1 has a very small frontal area. It also sits very low, with a height of 1,138 mm in Race mode. Likewise, the new P1 has a low coefficient of drag value of 0.34 Cd, despite the impressive levels of downforce it generates.

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