The web has provided us the first official pictures and news about the upcoming 2013 McLaren P1, a few days before it is supposed to be presented in Geneva Motor Show. the McLaren company, which confirmed the fact that the hybrid’s powertrain will produce 916 HP (674 KW). The McLaren P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.
This McLaren P1 will be limited at 375 models. Its starting price is 866,000 GBP and 1,150,000 USD (approx 1,004,800 EUR). At first, there were supposed to be 500 McLaren P1s, but the company has decided to reduce the number to 375, due to discussions with the potential owners who desired exclusivity rather than top speed or a good price.
The 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. With the IPAS activated, the P1 will reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than three seconds, while 0-200 km/h (124 mph) takes under seven seconds. The car goes in 17 seconds from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph), and then reaches an electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
The McLaren P1 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 McLaren P1’ s hybrid powertrain will generate 916 HP (674 kW). It consists of a V8 3.8-liter mid-mounted, twin-turbo gasoline engine producing 737 HP (542 kW) and 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) of torque coupled to an electric motor that provides an extra 179 HP (132 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm). Power is transferred to the ground through a 7-speed twin clutch Graziano gearbox. It can be driven on electric power for 20 km (12.4 miles) at an average speed of 30 mph (48 km/h).
The carbon fiber chassis, which weighs 100 kg( 220 lbs) will have the battery underside it. The chassis is the lightest ever installed on a road car and it can provide F1-like safety and rigidity, according to the British firm. 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 CO2 emissions with the McLaren P1 are less than 200 g/km. The car has a set of Pirelli tires. The brake discs are made from a new type of carbon ceramic. This hasn't been used so far on a road car, just in space activities. This material is stronger than regular carbon ceramic and it is more effective in dissipating heat. And as a bonus, these discs are lighter than usual and boast a custom ceramic layer coat on the friction surfaces for a mirrored look.
McLaren P1's interior is based on carbon fiber, this being the main material. The front seats and the steering wheel can be adjusted, while the rear seats are fixed. The carbon seat shell weighs only 10.5 kg (23.1 lbs).
McLaren P1 doesn’ t lack a few things that are considered to be compulsory by some demanding clients. Among these, we name the satellite navigation, climate control and premium audio system.
This goal – racing car-like track performance from a road car – was one of the primary targets for McLaren P1 concept. ‘It reflects the fact that many buyers of today’s fastest supercars do use them increasingly on the race track, at special owner events,’ says Mackenzie. ‘We wanted a car that would feel like a proper racing car. And then could be driven home in great comfort and refinement. In other words, a real McLaren but with an even broader breadth of ability.’
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