McLaren to unveil the P12 supercar concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 5, 2012

McLaren fans eagerly wait for the full details of the P12 supercar concept to be known at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The excitement is very high for the arrival of the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 especially as the McLaren MP4-12C model has become so successful. So far, what we know about this concept is that it will be available as a limited edition model.

It’s rumored that it will simply be named “P1”, meant to pay homage to the F1 nameplate. McLaren didn’t confirm just how many models it will produce. It’s probably going to depend on the demand and the length of time it takes to assemble one. There are rumors that no more than 500 units will be produced. At the auto show, McLaren will display an extreme version of the P12 to show off what it’s capable of.

Powering it is the same 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 powerplant used on the MP4-12C. It’s believed that it provides a lot more power because of its more comprehensive tune.

Of course, McLaren doesn’t anything to worry about when it comes to hp figures. Ian Gorsuch, regional director of McLaren for the Asia Pacific, said that the monstrous P12 has “the world’s best aerodynamics.” The P12 concept seems to be a very extreme supercar and so it will attract a large amount of media attention.

At the centre of the McLaren MP4-12C is its ground-breaking carbon fibre chassis, the Carbon MonoCell. This is the first car in this segment that is based on such a solid and light racing car design solution and that is featuring a single-pieced structure made of carbon fibre.

This signal shift in designing sports cars has led to the 12C introducing new criteria in more than just drive, handling, and overall performance, but also in cost effectiveness, safety, and functionality in this very competitive sector.

Martin Whitmarsh, Principal of the McLaren racing team, emphasised how integral McLaren's motorsport and road experience was when they were developing the 12C. He said that for years, McLaren offered a compelling blend of race and road technologies, and by combining this heritage of McLaren performance to address demands to come on what people will expect from high-performing sports cars in the coming generations, McLaren was able to get an early and advantageous start on the 12C project. The 12C, and its future variations, embodies the Formula One spirit and offers everyday technological innovations.

The new company’s first car, the McLaren MP4-12C, is a high performing two-seated mid-engine model in the core sports car segment that can cost from £125,000 to £175,000. The 12C is a genuine McLaren, with no parts carried over from any other vehicle, and McLaren will manufacture them in the UK. It will go on sale through a dedicated, global retail network in the beginning of 2011.

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