The development program for the McLaren P1 continues to progress as it comes to a close. There are just a few months to go before the first deliveries are made to only 375 consumers. McLaren is undergoing the work to guarantee that the P1 meets expectations of being the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.
As part of its tests for durability, the development team brought the McLaren P1 to the frozen landscapes of the Arctic Circle, in northern Sweden.
The car was tested in some of the toughest conditions on earth. This testing schedule is continuing, with XP prototypes being driven across the world. The newest model from McLaren Automotive will be seen as part of the scheduled activities at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The McLaren P1, as previously disclosed, now has the force of two very highly-efficient powerplants combined and offers an optimum mix in terms of day-to-day drivability, top speed, and superb throttle response.
The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 petrol engine is mid-mounted and has been significantly enhanced to have very effective electric motor and larger turbochargers resulting in a combined total output of 916 PS or 903 bhp with a 900 Nm maximum torque.
This makes sure that the rapid response is available through the revolution range, similar to that of a naturally aspirated engine. While the combined cycle has emissions measuring less than 200g/km, this is reduced to zero when electric drive mode is fully selected.
With the IPAS and DRS technologies derived from the Formula-1, this allows for a quick power boost and higher straight-line speed. Tires of the McLaren P1 come from the P Zero Corsas, which has been specially developed by Pirelli, McLaren’s technology partner.
The Pirelli team has been part of the development program of the McLaren P1 with the tire testing phase being integrated to the schedule as an important key performance component. The final construction and compound were developed and then optimized during the testing phase resulting in a finely tuned tire specific to handling characteristics and performance.
In order to harness the power that is produced by its twin powerplants, the McLaren P1 was constructed in a way that it offers a braking performance that is closely associated with that of a sport racing car or a GT3.
The system was developed by Akebono, McLaren’s Formula-1 partner, and it features a ceramic disc made of a new type carbon that has been used previously in space but never on a road car.
Unlike the more conventional carbon ceramic, the one being used in the McLaren P1 is not only stronger but is able to more effectively dissipate heat giving what is already considered as an efficient braking system incomparable cooling and stopping capability.
The system also boasts of weight that has been significantly reduced, as well as a bespoke ceramic layer that is able to coat the friction surfaces in order to have a more attractive mirrored finish.