Geneva: Mclaren P1

Geneva Mclaren P1
Geneva Mclaren P1

The production version of the new British hypercar is very similar to the car of the Paris exhibition. The differences are  the side of the front bumper, which has a slightly different design, whereas changes are small to the sides.

It is equipped with a hybrid engine that produces a total of 916 hp and 900 Nm of torque. In the center there is the V8 3,8 liter twin turbo petrol engine with 737 hp at 7,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm combined with an electric motor of
134 kW (179 hp) and 260 Nm of torque.

The engine is combined with a 7 speed automatic transmission from Graziano. The 0-100 km/h is completed in less than 3 seconds,
0-200 km/h in less than 7 seconds, while 0-300 km/h in less than 17 seconds, 23% faster than the McLaren F1. The top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h.

The driver can activate the electric motor by pressing the red IPAS  button (Instant Power Assist System) on the handlebars.
The second button on the carbon / alcantara steering wheel is the blue DRS (Drag Reduction System) which is derived from Formula 1 and by pressing it, the aerodynamic resistance of the rear spoiler is reduced up to 23%. Disabling is done either by pressing the button or by pressing the brake pedal.

The battery of the electric motor is installed at the bottom of the carbon chassis and takes 2 hours to fully charget. It weighs 96 kg and McLaren states that P1 can move only with the electric motor for 20 kilometers at speeds up to 48 km/h.
Rumors say that the McLaren P1 has already been Sold Out. Just 375 McLaren P1’s will hit the market at a cost of £ 866.000 . The earliest deliveries of the car will begin by the end of 2013.

The car has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0,34 Cd and wears a carbon monocoque chassis weighing 100 kg with aluminum subframes with the entire body constructed of carbon, and all metal parts from titanium. Thus the weight of the new hypercar will not exceed 1,400 kg. The brakes are carbon-ceramic derived from the racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and the tires Pirelli P Zero Corsa. The supercar produces 600 kg of vertical downforce, 5 times greater than that of the MP4-12C.

The interior features a minimalistic design with carbon, leather and Alcantara. The roof is made entirely of glass. The racing carbon bucket seats are made out of carbon and each one weighs 10.5 kg. The three-spoke steering wheel has a short bottom and features a fully digital instrument panel.

Soundproofing material has not been added since that would add extra weight. However it is available on the extra equipment. It features classic belts, but 6 points racing seatbelts can be installed optionaly.