• Feb 3, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of McLaren P11 spy shots

We brought you similar spy shots of the McLaren P11 supercar undergoing cold weather testing a few days ago, but now we have our own high-res shots to share. Though the clean sheet redesign of McLaren's Ferrari fighter is obscured by camo and cladding, the basic shape and some design elements are clearly visible. You can browse the high-res gallery below yourself and pick out what cues the P11 may be borrowing from other supercars. The car's designer, Frank Stephenson, is also rumored to be baking roadster and racing variants into the car's new design. Another thing that the P11 will borrow is its engine, which is rumored to be a version of the 6.2L V8 used by Mercedes-Benz in its high performance AMG cars. Power is expected to be in the 550-600 range, with the car's overall curb weight rumored to be less than 3,000 lbs. McLaren is nearing the end of its commitment with Mercedes for the McLaren SLR, a car that is most assuredly fast but still not allowed in the super car club. The P11 will be more like a spiritual successor to the famous F1 that still reigns as one of the greatest super cars of all time. Whether or not the P11 can fill those shoes remains to be seen, but based on these spy shots, it will most definitely look the part.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have my doubts that this will be the spiritual successor to the F1. The F1 was ground breaking and utterly astonishing. If there is a modern-day F1 on the roads, it is the Veyron.

      Like Nuieve said, it looks like a cookie-cutter supercar. That is not to diminish its status as an exotic, its just not going to be spoken of the way the F1 was/is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else find it curious that the camo on this car is the same as the "Acura NSX" parading around the 'ring?
      • 5 Years Ago
      cold weather testing? How many people drive their McLaren through the white stuff? I guess its for people who have a cottage/mansion in the Rockies, but usually those are the people that buy Cayennes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The entire front end looks exactly like a 430.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car got a swedish number plate..., so I checked with the Swedish DMW, www.vv.se
      And yes, it is a McLaren Prototype.
      It's insured, good if they're going to drive on the ice and snow.
      But there were no other data, except the car's VIN number...
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's some awesome spy work you've just done. Has CIA/MI6 called you for an interview yet?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've generally felt supercars shouldn't be driven below 50F. When/if Formula One decides to race in Green Bay in the winter, I might come off this position.

      Utterly stupid to take this kind of car out in the snow....wheels/tires optimized for snow, whatever.

      I suppose they have to do this for emissions certification purposes or some other bureaucratic mumbo jumbo...but really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a regular supercar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is no F1 replacement!

      McLaren claim that they build a F430/Gallardo alternative... for a simple reason, in that segment they hope to earn more money each car than with low number extrem expansive to build supercars. Neither McLaren and Mercedes earned much money from the SLR project...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please tell me those tail-lights are place-holders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure they are. It looks like most of the body panels are pre-production. They're just testing the chassis at this point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was ging to say. They don't look like they will make production.
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