Geneva 2013: McLaren P1

McLaren P1 at Geneva Motor Show 2013

The McLaren P1 has made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. The production ready McLaren P1 has been fully unveiled, interior and all for the entire world to see. We’ve put together the puzzle of information that has been released together with an awesome set of live photo from our photographers on the show floor!

The McLaren P1 is on display at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 next to its spiritual predecesor, the McLaren F1 LM. Whilst the two share the same blood, they are two distinctly differed philosophies. Many will recognise the McLaren F1 as being the world’s fastest car for a more than a decade. The McLaren P1 is not likely to retake this crown but McLaren are instead hoping that it will be remembered for supreme handling capabilities.

The McLaren P1 will use a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine fitted with two turbochargers and an electric motor. Together, this produces 916ps (903bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. The petrol engine alone produces 737ps (727bhp) at 7,500rpm, and 720Nm of torque from 4,000rpm with the electric motor supplementing 179ps (176bhp) and 260Nm of torque. The power is channeled through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox to drive the rear wheels.

The electric motor has been developed in-house by the McLaren Electronics arm. It is unique to the McLaren P1 and benefits the car in many ways. One such example is the shift times. The electronic motor in the P1 produces negative torque at the point of shift which allows for faster, almost seamless shifts. The McLaren P1 can survive on pure electric power for up to 20km at 30mph.

The P1 was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance. As a result, the designers spent many hours in a wind tunnel and behind the computer with CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling. It produces a staggering 600kg of downforce from well below top speed, five times more than the McLaren MP4-12C. In fact, it’s closer to the GT3 racer than anything else.

every body panel, air intake, and air exhaust was designed to guide in air from the most efficient places and to maximise cooling. The styling is part of this. The unusual door ducts bring in cooling, the low body draws air to the rear wing and the teardrop shap guides air to the rear wing more efficiently.

McLaren P1 Interior

The wing adjust automatically to boost downforce and optimise aerodynamics. It can extend rearwards by up to 300mm on a racetrack, and by up to 120mm on the road. It uses a DRS system, much like the Formula 1 car to increase straight line speed, but instead of a flap, the P1 adjusts the whole rear wing! Two flaps mounted under the body ahead of the front wheels also adjust performance characteristics by shifting between 0 and 60 degrees.

The McLaren P1 features a revolutionary ceramic brake design. Designed by McLaren’s Formula 1 partner Akebono, They have a mirrored finish but we are told they are more fade resistant and dissipate heat better than any other brake design. They have even seen service in space! It is the first time they will be fitted to a road car.

A number of tech features make the McLaren P1 a very fast car. Cutting straight to the figures, the McLaren P1 will travel from zero to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds, zero to 200km/h in under 7 seconds, and zero to 300km/h in no more than 17 seconds. This is thanks, in part to the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) which is essentially KERS, for road cars. Putting the 300km/h statistic into perspective, this is 11 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350km/h.

Geneva Motor Show 2013

The production version of the McLaren P1 doesn’t differ from the concept version we saw in Paris, except for the new LTR ducts fitted ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce. Future McLaren P1 owners loved the original concept and the feedback pointed to the fact that they wanted to see the concept unchanged.

To retain the feeling of uniqueness, only 375 McLaren P1′s will ever hit the roads each with a price tag for £866,000. For this, owners will get a car ready for both the race track and the road. The P1 comes standard with a comprehensive specification list so the only options customers will be able to spec are through McLaren Special Operations, and for fitted luggage.

For more details on the McLaren P1, click through to the earlier article!

Published: March 4, 2013 9:15 pm

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