MSO reveals special McLaren P1 finished in Volcano Red

Article by Christian A., on December 1, 2014

MSO (McLaren Special Operations) has just unveiled their latest project, a custom McLaren P1 wearing a beautiful Volcano Red finish. Despite the impressive design and the special color, this McLaren P1 also comes with bespoke touches such as a 24 carat gold plated exhaust heat shield and wheels wearing a black paint.

The engine remains unchanged, which means that we will find the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque. Moreover, the vehicle also carries an electric motor that generates 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 916 hp and as a result, the P1 is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 17 seconds.

Top speed is limited at 350 km/h or 217 mph. What’s more interesting is that the McLaren P1 is able to act as an electric car using just the electric motor and offers a range of up to 20 km (12 miles), while top speed is 50 km/h (30 mph).

In a very McLaren way, the design of the new McLaren P1 is engineering-led, as form follows function. Just like a McLaren, every detail of the new P1 is designed for a reason. Overall, its design reflects the aerodynamic requirements necessary to achieve its impressive downforce target. Likewise, its overall design reflects the desire to create a beautiful and stunning 'supersports' car.

According to Chief Design Engineer Dan Parry-Williams, the new P1 reflects McLaren core values and celebrates aerodynamics, great packaging and lightweight as well as groundbreaking technology. He added that McLaren aimed, right at the start, to develop a new car that a driver could take to a circuit, then press a button and race it.

Parry-Williams quipped that their priority was to ensure high-speed performance as matched with marvelous aerodynamics derived state-of-the-art aerodynamics. He added that they were aiming for a car that is both connected and predictable at any speed.

In designing the new P1, the team did their assignment according to a principle of being 'light and agile.' They aimed to give the new P1 with a design that is 'shrink wrapped' around its mechanicals, thereby making the car as lightweight and compact as possible.

In addition, the team kept the number of carbon fiber body panels to a minimum of five -- front clamshell, front bonnet, rear clamshell and the two doors. Since these panels boast of strong carbon construction, they could 'multi-task,' serving as aero-honed ducts and load-bearing supports. Their strong carbon construction allows these panels to be elaborately shaped yet superbly finished.

The new McLaren P1 has a substantially smaller frontal area than the 12C and other series production super sports cars. It also sits very low, with a height of just 1,138 mm in Race mode. Furthermore, its coefficient of drag value is just 0.34 Cd.

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