One of the three new hypercars present in Geneva is McLaren P1. The production version of the new British hypercar, painted in a yellow color is 97% the same compared with the concept that we saw at the Paris exhibition. The differences are found on the front bumper, which has a slightly different design, whereas changes operated to the interior are small.
The new McLaren P1 was unveiled at 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It is 23% faster than McLaren F1, it has a top speed limited at 350 km/h, and the price starts from £866,000 (OTR). To remain an exclusive model, McLaren P1 will be built in only 375 copies.
Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: McLaren P1 photo gallery
McLaren P1 Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013
McLaren P1 is armed with a hybrid powertrain that produces a total of 916 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque (900 Nm). In the center there is the 3.8-liter twin-turbo petrol V8 engine with 737 HP, delivering performance at 7,500 rpm with 531 pound-feet of torque (720 Nm) delivered at 4,000 rpm. It is combined with an electric motor of 134 kW (179 hp) with 192 pound-feet of torque (260 Nm). Related to the engine compartment, there is even a gold foil that helps heat dissipation.
The engine from McLaren P1 is matted with a 7-speed automatic transmission from Graziano. The 0-62 mph (100 km/h) is made in less than 3 seconds, 0-125 mph (200 km/h) in less than 7 seconds, while 0-186 mph (300 km/h) is achieved in less than 17 seconds, 23% faster (or within 5 seconds if you prefer) than McLaren F1. Regarding the top speed, it is electronically limited to 217 mph (350 km/h).
The driver activates the electric motor by pressing a red button: IPAS (Instant Power Assist System), located on the steering wheel. According to McLaren, by pushing the IPAS button, the P1 will convey a sense of the driver response of an atmospheric engine.
The second button on the carbon/Alcantara steering wheel is blue: DRS (Drag Reduction System), which is derived from Formula 1. Pressing it reduces the aerodynamic resistance of the rear spoiler 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 fiber-carbon chassis and takes 2 hours to fully charge, the charger being located in the boot. It weighs 211 lbs (96 kg). In full electric mode, McLaren P1 can be driven only for 12 miles (20 km) at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
Rumors say that McLaren P1 is already Sold Out. Just 375 P1 models will hit the market with a price of £866,000 pounds (€1,005,000 / $1,310,000). The earliest deliveries will begin by the end of 2013, when McLaren will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
McLaren P1 has an aerodynamic coefficient 0,34 Cd and wears a carbon monocoque chassis weighing 220 lbs (100 kg), with aluminum subframes, the entire bodywork being made of carbon fiber, and all metal parts are made of titanium. Thus the weight of the new hypercar will not exceed 3085 lbs (1400 kg). The brakes are carbon-ceramic, derived from the racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and stands on special Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. The supercar produces 1320 lbs (600 kg) of vertical downforce, 5 times greater than that of the MP4-12C.
The interior features a minimalist design, McLaren wanted to create a sense of the driver, as if inside a cockpit of a jet fighter aircraft. Everywhere you look at is carbon, leather and Alcantara. The carbon fiber is bare, without a resin layer, as it would add 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) to the total weight. The roof is made entirely of glass.
Soundproofing material is not available since that would add extra weight as well, and does not have floor mats. However they exist in the extra equipment if the customer requests it. It features classic safety belts but as additional equipment a racing 6 points seatbelts can be installed.
McLaren P1 Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live
McLaren P1 via McLaren stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013