Barely disguised racing car or refined road rocket? The P1 is both says McLaren.
It’s not unimaginable that the lucky owners of McLaren’s imminent P1 will take their cars on continental driving trips.
Thanks to active aerodynamics the P1 can generate a track-busting 600kg of downforce. But features like glass roof panels mean owners can enjoy the P1’s performance in some luxury.
As McLaren Automotive md Antony Sheriff puts it, ‘The P1 is designed to be driven to a racing circuit with great levels of comfort and refinement, and then to be used on the racing circuit where it will offer an experience matched only by purpose-built racing cars.’
That ‘driven to a racing circuit’ conjures up some possibilities, especially since the P1 is left hand drive only.
With a total power output of 903bhp from its 3.8 litre V8 and combined electric motor – emissions under 200g/km and a kerb weight of 1400kg – the P1 accelerates from 0-62mph in under 3 seconds; 0-124mph in under 7 seconds and 0-186mph in ‘no more than 17 seconds’ (five seconds quicker than the McLaren F1).
Top speed is electronically limited to just over 217mph.
Along with the bespoke Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, the P1 has a new type of carbon ceramic brake disc, never seen before on a road car.
Made by Japanese firm Akebono – the McLaren F1 team’s brake supplier – the new compound shaves ‘significant’ weight off previous systems and, thanks to a special ceramic coating, the discs have a very flashy mirrored finish.
Costing from £866,000, and limited to 375 examples, the P1 will be revealed in final form at the Geneva Motor Show next Tuesday (5 March 2013), available to order shortly afterwards.
The only options are racy custom parts from McLaren Special Operations – and fitted luggage. There’s no word on where the bags go, how big the space is or whether the P1 will have the ferry lift recently offered as an option on the 12C…
Unfortunately, customers won’t be able to get their hands on the P1 for this summer. First deliveries are scheduled for the end of the year.