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Final Details Of The McLaren P1 Emerge

In anticipation of the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren has released the final details concerning their hypercar, the P1. With this new information McLaren has also released photos of the production version of the P1.

After receiving positive feedback from prospective buyers regarding the P1 concept, McLaren decided to keep the production P1 nearly identical to the concept version of the car. The only change comes in the form of air vents installed in front of the front wheels to improve break cooling. Otherwise the P1 retains its modern look with the headlights forming the McLaren logo, and a single taillight forming the silhouette of the P1’s undulating lines.

Power comes from a 3.8-liter V8 that produces 727 horsepower. McLaren used the same basic engine found in the 12C, though thanks to larger turbocharges and ECU tweaks, horsepower has increased considerably. The V8 will work in tandem with a 176 horsepower electric engine. In total the McLaren P1 will produce 903 horsepower and 663 lb-ft. McLaren estimates the P1 will reach 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds, and will reach an electronically limited top speed of 217 mph. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

Thanks to the use of a powerful electric engine, the McLaren will be capable of accessing maximum torque from the electric engine instantly. The driver will also have the ability to activate what McLaren is calling the “Instant Power Assist System” or IPAS, which when activated allows the P1 to achieve maximum acceleration. The P1 will also use a Drag Reduction System or DRS that will adjust the car’s rear wing to reduce drag, improve acceleration, and top speed. Both systems are derived from KERS and DRS systems found in Formula 1 cars.

Despite being designed to be the fastest production car ‘round any given racetrack, the P1’s electric motor can function independently from the gasoline engine. Thus the P1 can function as a zero emissions car for approximately 10 miles while maintaining a speed of 30 mph. The car’s electric batteries, which are mounted inside the P1’s MonoCage chassis, can be charged by regenerative breaking, or by plugging directly into an electrical outlet. When plugged in it will take 2 hours for the batteries to fully charge.

The interior of the P1 reflects the intentions of designers to save weight wherever possible. Ample amounts of carbon fiber is employed to keep weight down. Alcantara trims the door panels, seats, headliner, and steering wheel. Rather than use a traditional gauge cluster, McLaren has opted to go for a digital dash similar to the ones found in Formula 1 cars. Unlike McLaren’s main rival, Ferrari, the P1’s steering wheel is simple, with only the DRS and IPAS buttons placed at the driver’s fingertips.

In order to maintain exclusivity only 375 McLaren P1s will be produced for a price of approximately $1.3-million. The production version of the McLaren P1 will be unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show this March.


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