Tuesday, 24 September 2013

McLaren P1

McLaren P1

The McLaren P1 is a forthcoming plug-in hybrid supercar by English automotive manufacturer McLaren Automotive. The concept car debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show., and is considered to be the long-awaited McLaren F1 successor utilizing hybrid power and Formula 1 technology. The P1's styling is influenced by the McLaren MP4-12C but with added body panels to make the car look aggressive. It will not have the same three seat layout as its predecessor, the McLaren F1. The design of the headlights is also reminiscent of the McLaren logo.As with the McLaren F1 road car of 1992, the McLaren P1 is a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage, which is a development of the MonoCell used in the current MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider upgrade that came out in early 2012.


The P1 features a heavily revised 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, similar to the one used in the MP4-12C, tuned to 727 bhp. The engine is combined with a KERS electric motor that produces 176 bhp. The hybrid powertrain is connected to a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission, and will give a total power output of 916PS (903 bhp) at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm (664 lb ft). The powertrain can run using either the petrol V8 by itself or with the electric motor. The electric motor can be used to power the car on its own, with an all-electric range up 20 km (12 mi) at an average speed of 50 km/h (31 mph). Power for the electric motor is stored in a high density battery pack located behind the cabin. The battery can be charged by the engine or through plug in-equipment, and can fully charge in two hours. The P1 comes with two Formula 1 derived features: The Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) will give an instant boost in acceleration by driving the front wheels via the electric motor. The car also comes with a Drag Reduction System (DRS), which operates the car's rear wing. Both of these features are operated by two buttons on the steering wheel. It is electronically limited to 349 km/h (217 mph). The P1 will go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h(124 mph) in under 7 seconds, and 0 to 300 kmph (186 mph) will be achieved in 17 seconds, making it 5 seconds faster than the McLaren F1. It does this with its set of Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres and can brake quickly with specially developed carbon-ceramic brakes from Akebono.

Production and sales

The production version of the McLaren P1 was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Production will be strictly limited to 375 units to maintain exclusivity. Pricing starts at GB£866,000 (€1,030,000 or US$1,350,000) but, as of August 2013, between 80 to 90 per cent of P1 customers have opted for some level of unique design from McLaren Special Operations, raising the average sale price of a P1 above GB£1 million (€1,190,000 or US$1,559,000). In August 2013 McLaren announced that the supercar destined to the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are sold out, and only a small number remain available for sale in Europe.Production was scheduled to start on 8 July 2013, with the first retail deliveries scheduled to begin by late September 2013. The production rate will be one per day, as it is basically hand-built by a team of 61 individuals. McLaren expects to build 50 P1s by the end of 2013.

Appearances in other media

The P1 starred in the announcement trailer for the upcoming racing game Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One, and has also been shown as the game's cover car. The P1 is also playable in the latest Need for Speed game, Rivals. The P1 also makes an appearance as a re-bodied version of the car in the upcoming Need for Speed film, which will be in theatres sometime in 2014. The new 'Mclaren P1' Hybrid Car Was Appeared In a Upcoming Racing Game San Francisco Rush (2013 Video Game) By Warner Bros And WB Games 2013.

At the 2013 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson Button drove the P1 at speed around the course, which was the first time that the public saw the car being driven live. Jenson drove a black McLaren P1, although there was an identical one present, as well as a yellow one on the stand. Many McLarens were there, including the McLaren MP4-12C and the Spider version.

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