McLaren P1 receives the Gemballa GForged-one wheels

Article by Christian A., on December 23, 2013

In our vision, the McLaren P1 is almost the perfect hypercar and we thing that a tuning programme for it would be just a waste of time. Still, Gemballa surprised us today with some photos showing the McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar with a new set of wheels. The P1 was fitted with a new set of special forged wheels called GForged-one.

This makes Gemballa the GForged-one. For those who don’t know, the standard McLaren P1 uses 19-inch wheels on the front and 20-inch wheels on the rear. The new Gemballa wheels are lighter but also bigger: 20-inch on the front and 21-inch on the rear. As you can see from the photos, the new wheels feature widely spaced twin-spoke pairs shaped into sleek Vs.

As a result, the braking components are clearly visible and another stylistic feature in the overall impression. Customers who are interested in buying these wheels are able to choose between a total of four surface finishes The available shades are Gunmetal or Black Magic – either in a full-surface finish or "diamond cut". The latter option represents an especially elegant alternative to front polishing.

Under the hood, everything remains the same: a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine rated at 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque, an electric motor delivering 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque and a dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox, which delivers the power to the rear wheels.

With a total amount 916 hp (674 kW), the McLaren P1 hits 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 under 17 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h or 217 mph. If you want one, you'd better know that the McLaren P1 is already sould out!

McLaren P1 is known to be an engineering-led design, as is the McLaren way. Form takes after function. Nothing is redundant. Everything is built for a reason, as with a Formula 1 vehicle.

The mid-engine two-seater design mirrors the aerodynamic necessities expected to satisfy the ambitious downforce target. Be that as it may, there was likewise clearly a desire to create an extremely magnificent and breathtaking "supersports" car.

P1 mirrors the brand's core values. It commemorates aerodynamics, remarkable packaging and light weight, and is all about cutting-edge innovation. At the very beginning, we looked to build up a vehicle that you could drive to a racing circuit, then press a button and race it, says Dan Parry-Williams, Chief Design Engineer.

He also said that the goal was high-speed performance equalled with remarkable composure, which would come for the most part from the cutting-edge aerodynamics. He explained that the company needed a vehicle that was connected and predictable at any speed.

'Light and agile’

The design group worked to a brief of 'light and deft'. The design had to be 'shrink wrapped' around the mechanicals, creating the vehicle as compact and lightweight as conceivable. Indeed, even the quantity of body panels - all produced using lightweight carbon fiber - was kept to a minimum. The robust carbon construction implies they can 'multi-task' - acting as aero-honed ducts and load-bearing supports.

They are complexly formed yet amazingly finished, aided by their robust carbon construction. There are only five main panels: front bonnet, front clamshell, rear clamshell and the doors.

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