2013 McLaren P1 review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2013 , 08:02:17 byEmil

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McLaren P1

The P1 supercar will be publicly unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show by the McLaren company, which confirmed the fact that the hybrid’s powertrain will produce 916 HP (674 KW).
Focusing under the hood, we can notice that the McLaren P1 possesses a mid-mounted V8 3.8-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine which can produce 737 HP (542 kW) at 7,500 rpm and the maximum torque of 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) from 4,000 rpm. It will work together with an electric motor which will generate an extra 179 HP (132 kW) and an instant torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft).

The McLaren P1 supercar has an Instant Power Assist System( IPAS) incorporated. This allows the driver to activate the electric motor by pushing a button localized on the steering wheel. As McLaren stated, this will give the P1 the throttle response of a normally-aspirated engine.

The McLaren P1 also has a DRS (drag reduction system) function, like a Grand Prix car, to reduce downforce and increase straight line speed. This means it has an adjustable “active” rear wing, which reduces in angle to lower drag by 23 per cent. The DRS can be made active by pressing another button on the steering wheel. Deactivation is done by pushing the same button again or by pressing the brake pedal.

The carbon fiber chassis will have the battery underside it. This hybrid’s battery will be full charged in about two hours’ time, of course with the help of a plug- in charger which is hidden in the trunk. The battery weights 96 kg( 211 lbs) and will assure the McLaren P1 the possibility of travelling in electric mode for about 6 miles( 9.6 km).

The McLaren P1 is the ‘ultimate car’ offering and it has one simple target: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.