GT Spirit reported earlier today (March 4, 2013) that the official curtain on the 2014 McLaren P1 Supercar has dropped. Displayed next to the McLaren P1 was its spiritual predecessor in the form of the the Mclaren F1. (See video below!)
First let’s get to the details on the engine, the heart of this liveable track monster. McLaren uses its own 3.8 Liter twin turbo V8 making 903 HP and 663 lbs-ft of torque. ( Engine 727hp/531lbs-ft + electric 176HP+191lbs-ft). All that power is routed through a 7 speed DCT to the rear wheels. The P1 can crawl along at 30MPH for up to 12 miles.
Aerodynamics are key for this supercar (pay attention engineers) and its shape reflects that. At speed, it produces five times more downforce than its baby brother, the McLaren MP4-12C. The door ducts bring cooling to the engine and the whole shape from top to bottom aims to point air over the rear wing, making up to 600kg of downforce. Speaking of the wing, it adjusts and extends automatically at speed to boost downforce.
Bringing this beast to a stop are special bespoke Akebono (Japanese for dawn break) ceramic brakes with a mirror finish, supposedly state of the art.
All these features combine to make a very fast car.
- 0-60 mph - Less than three seconds
- 0-120 mph - under seven seconds
- 0-186 mph - under 17 seconds (11 seconds faster than its F1 father)
With only 375 made (and sold to date) this is an exclusive car for the nouveau riche who yearns for an emotional supercar with the latest technology. I can’t wait to see the P1 in the hands of a journalist soon.
Source: GT Spirit