“The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.” Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman McLaren Automotive
Current estimates put the final price of this hypercar car somewhere in the range of £800,000. Yes, you read that right.
This amazing new automotive creation from the deepest depths of McLaren automotive is currently a concept but the plan is to put this into production soon.
McLaren claims that the car will reach speeds of 239 MPH which is ridiculously fast. But performance isn’t the only incredible thing about this car. The P1 has a single cell chassis constructed entirely of carbon fibre, which is incredibly strong, safe and lightweight.
You are probably familiar with the door frame assembly that is found in the MP4-12C, which will used in this car as well.
Considering all these components and the speeds that the P1 will achieve, it weighs a little under 1300 kilograms, which is seriously impressive. Given that the car would be able to reach speeds upwards of 230 miles per hour, you won’t be surprised to find some very innovative aerodynamics to keep the car stuck to the floor. A huge part of the design is the way the P1 generates huge amounts of downforce, thanks to the inclusion of a diffuser at the rear end of the car. Complementing this diffuser are the side skirts that have a flattened bottom which, combined with the rear defuser produce the necessary down force to keep this beast stuck to the ground.
(Video: Jason Barlow talking about the McLaren P1)
The car has pinched a few more ideas from its Formula 1 cousins, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) technology that is an integral part of all current Formula 1 cars. The KERS system does the job of storing kinetic energy when the brakes are applied so that it can be used later, mostly for acceleration. KERS is cutting edge technology and it’s fantastic to see such things being integrated into the McLaren P1.
With the P1 producing 800 bhp from its 3.8 litre V8 power plant, it should achieve 0-62mph in just 3 seconds. This could be even faster with the KERS engaged which is estimated to add another 160BHP to the already incredible 800BHP.
(Video: The McLaren P1 Concept On The Road)
If all this sounds exciting and you have that kind of money to splurge on a car, then you only need to wait till next year to get behind the wheels of the P1. Rumour has it that you have to be an existing MP4-12C customer to even get a look in… But then, that could just be a rumour!
All we know is that this is an absolutely stunning machine and it’s just great that the initial concept has been designed in ‘Scaleogy Colours’!